Before 170 people–representing metropolitan planning organizations, city and state governments, non-profits and other organizations–headed inside the Normal, Illinois, Marriot hotel on May 15 for the second annual Illinois Bike Summit, a smaller group of attendees headed out for an easy 12-mile jaunt on Constitution Trail and nearby streets.
Peoria’s Mike Honnold, caretaker of wherestherack.org, and his fine Reynolds 531 Falcon. Horizontal dropouts on this veteran machine simplified installation of a rear flip-flop (single-speed/fixed) hub.
Julian, a professor of politics and government, with his Kogswell bicycle, physical evidence that the work of two parties can be combined for the common good: up front, a rack-mounted Sackville bag; under the seat, an Acorn bag. Like other Illinois Bike Summit attendees, Julian spent the rest of a beautiful day inside. One difference: he would have to wait at least another 24 hours before riding the custom Bilenky tandem with 650 x 42 tires that arrived at his home the day before.
Sometimes the right artifact just falls into your hands. Julian’s Kogswell sports an antique head tube badge that once announced the bicycle of an entirely different manufacturer. Has anyone heard of this old-time Wellsville product?