Sad news from Georgia where three bicycle touring friends in their 60s were hit by a tractor-trailer rig on Thursday morning. The three were nearing the end of a two-year, 6,000-mile bike adventure from Prudhoe Bay to Key West.
One, Peter Cornell, 64, of Port Charlotte, Fla., was killed in the collision. He was originally …
Deep in the bowels of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History — surrounded by 3 million other national treasures — sits a bicycle.
It’s a German-made Reinhardt. The single-speed, 42-pound brute found its way here after traveling 25,000 miles around the world in the mid-1930s as the main conveyance of Fred Birchmore.
Some say he's the original “Fred.” It's possible, depending on which definition of the term you use.
A “Fred” can be a do-it-yourselfer or independent-minded cyclist who doesn't follow the cycling styles or conventions pushed by advertisers. However, it also has evolved to describe a neophyte bicycle enthusiast who buys all the latest gear without having much ability. That second definition….
You might find it inspirational to learn that an 88-year-old man won three gold medals at the Connecticut Senior Games earlier this year.
But the back story for cycling enthusiast Bob Sawyer is so much more amazing than that.
A year earlier, the Bedford, Massachusetts, man had been hospitalized with lymphoma, complicated by pneumonia and the inability to eat because he could not swallow. His doctors had discovered the lymphoma on a CT-scan after he suffered a cerebral hemorrhage.
So there he was in the hospital, wasting away. Everyone, including himself, had started to give up hope …