Join me, The Wheelman, and Chris McAuliffe, author of Cycling in Chicago (Images of America), as we pedal down memory lane to learn about Chicago’s rich cycling history. We’ll start our journey at Daley Plaza near where bicycling manufacturing once thrived. We’ll discuss a variety of important cycling events that took place in Chicago during the mid-1800’s thru the early-1900’s. To help paint the picture of how popular cycling was during this time period, we will view and discuss vintage photos, bike catalogs, and brochures along the tour. Carey Williams will talk us through this important time in history, along with his fellow Wheelman who will be riding antique bicycles dressed in period apparel. The carefully planned route will take us past where several prominent bike manufactures and showrooms once stood, where indoor racing events took place, and along some of the routes where early outdoor racing competitions occurred.
Date: Sunday, May 20th, 2018
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Cost: $25 (Includes a donation to the Wheelman)
Departure Location: Daley Plaza (under the Picasso)
Lunch: The Empanada Bike
Total Distance Round Trip: 35 Miles
Average Speed: 10-12 MPH with rest stops planned along the way.
Skill level: Moderate ride / No drop
Gear: bike, lock, helmet, hydration, snacks and a camera
Here are just a few of the tour highlights:
Multiple locations used by Arnold & Schwinn Co.
Southside Ball Park
Chicago Coliseum Site
International Amphitheater Site
Vintage Bicycle Magazine Locations
Major Taylor’s extremely important role in cycling
The Famous Race to Pullman
Riding Schools and Showrooms from the past
Chicago Handle Bar Co.
Excelsior Supply Company
Illinois Cycle Works
Pope Mfg. (Columbia)
Western Wheel Works (Crescent)