Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The first mountain bikers

Arthur Walker appears as a linking figure in Pawns in a Larger Game. He and his friends were among the earliest pioneers in long distance cycling over rough country and they did it on penny-farthing bicycles! This story, which does not appear in the book, is about some of their exploits, which took place more than 125 years ago.
The eighteen-eighties were the heydays of the penny-farthing bicycle, named for the relative sizes of front and back wheels which resembled the two coins of the day. highwhel.gif
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