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First bicyclist in Detroit

Old 12-18-11, 01:42 PM
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First bicyclist in Detroit

143 years ago today, Ben Fletcher rode the first bicycle in Detroit.

I wrote up a story about the historic event that I thought some folks might enjoy.
http://www.m-bike.org/blog/2011/12/1...rst-bicyclist/
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Thanks for the link. I appreciate your efforts. I found the article interesting.
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Love the writing... "Sometimes he got along bravely by himself and seemed likely to run away from the crowd, but the next moment it would take a man on each side of him to keep him steady, while a third person behind pushed the machine along. Now the perverse front wheel would turn crosswise, and besides slopping all headway would make it pretty warm for the rider’s shins. In coming back it would usually lurch the other way, not infrequently seating the rider on the damp sidewalk."
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