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    A bygone era

    A regular contributor on another cycling board regularly digs up these oldies but goodies.
    From Sept 1893 Sporting life.
    http://la84foundation.org/SportsLibr.../SL2124008.pdf
    Among other bits;
    "How many people know that there is a law in New York which distinctly says you must not use, employ or exhibit or train a child under sixteen to ride upon a bicycle?"
    And;
    "A Chicago policeman found a man wheeling a bicycle along a back
    street one evening of last week, and suspecting that he had stolen it,
    arrested him and took him and the machine to the station house. Here
    the prisoner gave a very good account of himself and told a very
    plausible story about being tired and so wheeling the bicycle home
    instead of riding it. The captain appeared to be convinced of the
    truth of his story and told him to ride his bicycle home. The man
    tried to mount the machine, and after three failures acknowledged that
    he had stolen the machine."
    Lots of other good stuff.
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    I clicked on the link and it tried to lock my computer. What gives?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RonH View Post
    I clicked on the link and it tried to lock my computer. What gives?
    The OP is in Canada, you probably aren't calibrated to metric units yet!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonH View Post
    I clicked on the link and it tried to lock my computer. What gives?
    Hmm. Strange. It works fine here. It should open to a PDF.
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    French experts declare that no wheel is fit for road use which does not weigh at least one-fifth the weight of the rider of it.
    Many of these experts survive to this day in the Commuting and Touring forums.
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    Lucky for me, I work at a library and bike to work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tsl View Post
    "French experts declare that no wheel is fit for road use which does not weigh at least one-fifth the weight of the rider of it."
    Many of these experts survive to this day in the Commuting and Touring forums.
    Hey, I have bikes that almost qualify, and one that surely does.
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    You can search on the NY Times web site and find lots and lots of articles on cycling in the 1890's.

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