Category Archives: History

How the bicycle might have changed everything in 1994. Now, with footnotes

An essay from the January/February 1994 issue of Upbeat magazine. The headline, pictures, captions and footnotes are new. What with all the talk about the information highway, I got to thinking about that other highway out there: America’s everyday road … Continue reading

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Day 25. 30 Days of Biking

The past is the hitchhiker we have no choice but to carry with us. Take yesterday’s ride: my Trek 2300. Most of the air in the tires was compressed last week. The rear hub is 21st century but in service … Continue reading

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Day 18. 30 Days of Riding

When I was in my early 20s, I was sure I knew everyone in Peoria who carried a bike on the roof of their car. It’s possible: Peoria was a pretty small place back then. There was the bike shop, … Continue reading

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Survived the Cull: Eleven Bicycle Books

Last week I got rid of some books. Easy enough, you think—most of them were old, some of them were simplistic, all of them had to do with bicycle racing. Well, surprise, surprise: I didn’t get rid of all my … Continue reading

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Lanterne Rouge: Eleven Bicycle Books

When one looks at one’s possessions and admits to oneself that it’s All Too Much to Bear, it’s time to clean house. Some things are easier to pitch than others, but let’s not discuss electronics, computers or broken bird feeders. … Continue reading

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The Review on Purpose: H.G. Wells’ The Wheels of Chance

The Wheels of Chance was published in the 1890s, the same decade as The Time Machine, The Island of Doctor Moreau, The Invisible Man and The War of the Worlds. Continue reading

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A few years ago…

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