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    A Little Historic Bicycle Trivia

    In the 1890s in lower Manhattan, there were 80 bike shops within a one-mile radius. In Washington D.C., there were two patent buildings one for bicycles, one for everything else.

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    Every lane is a bike lane Chris L's Avatar
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    In this vain, but on a much smaller scale. Today, the town of Mullumbimby in northern New South Wales has two bikeshops serving a population of all of 3,000 or so. Quite amazing in this region -- I've been to places much bigger than that which had nothing.
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    High five to who can name the guys that came up with the idea of a reverse threaded pedal.

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    That would be the Wright Brothers
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    A little off topic here. ChrisL I've been reading your posts for a long time and I just have to ask. Is this the guy responsible for naming all the places that you ride? I mean you seriously have some funny sounding locations down there.

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    They're aboriginal names. Not really that much different from the Iroquis and Algonquin Native American names that are common in New England and on the eastern seaboard...

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    Every lane is a bike lane Chris L's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by MKRG
    A little off topic here. ChrisL I've been reading your posts for a long time and I just have to ask. Is this the guy responsible for naming all the places that you ride? I mean you seriously have some funny sounding locations down there.
    As RandyA said, some of them are Aboriginal names - some of which I can partially Translate: Numinbah (as in Numinbah Valley) means "Hold tight hunting dog". Murwillumbah (the political, economic, social and cultural capital of the universe) means "place of eels" or something similar.
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