Touring Under Difficulties


In all conditions, the ride must go on

The Bay City Wheelmen, in the 1850s, took pride in how they toured under difficulties. Just like cyclists do today, on gravel or adventures rides like in Leavenworth, Dirty Kanza, or Rebecca’s Ride in Sun Valley.

Tour of California, circa 1850

Instead of Strava, they discussed the best tweed weave

Here another group ride is seen 6 abreast on gravel, like the Tour of California in 1850.

Cool down

bikes equipped with umbrellas

While another stops to cool down at a roadhouse.

Photos from the California Historical Society’s Bicycling photographs and ephemera album on Flickr. HT Rebecca Onion.

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