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Old 03-11-02, 10:11 AM   #1
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Interesting coincidence

Hey check this out- I found an old 1971 Huffy catalog for sale on ebay that features part of my old commutte on the front. The bridge shown is a bikeway bridge over the Miami river here in dayton (which, not so coincidentaly was the home to Huffy) Check it out...
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Doesn't Dayton have some interesting cycling history? It may even be attached to the early Huffy's.

I remember reading something about a cyclist of about 90 years old that was honored in Dayton. I think he was accustomed to riding some 20 miles every weekend (each way) to a breakfast with his friends. The elderly group of cyclists called themselves "Grey Wolves," "Grey Foxes," or something like that.
This 90 year-old also still did centuries once in a while.

Sorry for lack of details. Can't remember.

Maybe I need to join this group, perhaps my memory will be revived by the increased blood supply...then again, I'll have to wait 20 years, unless a grey beard is enough to qualify me.
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As the home of the Wright Brothers, Dayton certainly has a bit of cycling history.
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The Wright brothers lived here most of their lives (Orville was born here) and owned a local cycle shop, which still stands in town. They designed and built their aircraft here.
http://www.nps.gov/daav/
http://www.carillonpark.org/

In an interesting crossover between cycling tidbits is that the Wright brothers did alot of work/testing at Huffman Prairie Flying Field. The Huffman family later founded Huffy corp.

Huffy Corp, founded in Dayton may now be best known worldwide for cheap, department store bikes. While this is true, it's a relatively recent "problem" (past 20 years or so). Huffy used to be a mass manufacturer of some renown, and sponsored bikes ridden professionally in major worldwide events (including Le Tour). While I have no love for current Huffy bikes, I bear in mind that mass-market manufacturers like Trek and Giant are only a few bad marketing decisions from the same fate.

Here in Dayton, we look at Huffy and the Huffman family in a different light than simply cheep bikes. Huffmans were instrumental in key development areas of the community, (http://www.huffman.org/default.htm). From a cyclists point of view, the most important contributions were the groundwork and development of one of the largest networks of bicycle paths, currently 216 miles with many more in development right now! (http://www.bikemiamivalley.org/home.htm). The bridge shown in the picture above is part of this network and is located just north of Dayton in Triangle Park.

Huffy and the Huffman family were also advocates of bicycles as transportation, and helped start several local advocacy groups like Bike Miami Vally and the Dayton Cycling club (http://www.daytoncyclingclub.org). Thanks to the efforts of these groups, the Huffmans original work is carried on today and manifests itself in forms like cooperation of local transit authorities, awareness days, and professional cycling events (Dayton Pro-Am is one, a stop on the Saturn uspro tour. Sadly, I saw Nicole Reinhart race here just a few short weeks before her tragic death during a race in Pensylvania in 2000.)

The Bicycle Museum of America is located localy in New Bremen. The Dicke Family, owners of Crown Equipment Co, bought the Schwinn bicycle collection at auction in Chicago and moved them to New Bremen, Ohio. The museum features around 200 bicycles and associated accessories dating from 1816 to the present. http://www.bicyclemuseum.com

Dayton has several of the League of American Bicyclists "bicycle friendly communities" including Yellow Springs Vandalia, and Xenia (the most bicycle friendly community in the midwest).

Dayton is also home to the first mountan-bike mounted police patrol, and one of the founding members of the International Police Mountain Bike Association, Officer Allan Howard. Police Daepartments would send their prospective bike patrols to Dayton for bike-specific training before the IPMBA started training in 1993. Back about 15 years ago, if you wanted to buy a mountain bike, you checked with the nearest bike cop downtown to see what was good and what was crap before even setting foot in a shop. At the time, DPD was testing tons of bikes from many manufacturers, and were happy to give pointers to anyone who asked. As cyclists and commuters, we have a pretty good relationship with the local PD. Chances are good you'll never get a ticket on a bike unless you're doing something realy boneheaded that would endanger others.
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I kind of like it here. Only thing that's not cycling-friendly is the weather!
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a side note, Huffy closed up shop locally about a year ago and moved the last of its production to SE Asia.
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Stumpjumper, thanks for the history lesson. I, for one, learned something.

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I found it! I was cleaning out my desk and there it was. It came from the Ohiobike website, but I could not pull it up, it seems to be gone now. I'm not sure I should copy it word-for-word, but here's the basics:

Clair Duckham, Dayton Cycling Club's co-founder, celebrated his 94th birthday with the Governor of Ohio (April 28, 1906.) He has been cycling for 60 years and is 94 years old. He still rides over 40 miles roundtrip to Troy to eat breakfast with a group of friends known as, "The Gray Wolves."

Included in the article were some notes about the era in which Mr. Duckham was born (April, 1906: )

--Bikes outnumbered cars on American streets.
--Orville and Wilbur Wright were operating a Dayton bicycle shop.
The brothers had been testing their airplane on Huffman Prairie for about 2 years.
--William Howard Taft, who later became President, was Secretary of War under President Theodore Roosevelt. Taft's great grandson, Bob Taft, became the Ohio Governor who helped celebrate Duckham's 94th birthday.

During the celebration, Duckham was honored for his cycling achievements, among which were his completion of the Tour of the Scioto River Valley in Ohio and the "Hilly Hundred" in Indiana
at age 93.

Horace Huffman, Chief Executive of Huffy Corp., co-founded the Dayton Cycling Club along with Mr. Clair Duckham. It is one of the largest, most active clubs in the U.S.

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Wow, now I know who I've been seeing every time I visit the DCC website! Thanks for the info, big man!

Great pic of Clare and the Gov. on the Dayton cycling clyb site (www.daytoncyclingclub.org)

I now have newfound respect for Clare: TOSRV is a 200+ mile two day event over hilly terrain in SW Ohio. I've always wanted to try it, but never had the (*ahem*) oysters to try. I may just join them this year... If he can so it, I can certainly get off of my 29 year old arse to try.

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