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BIKES: Science on Two Wheels at Pittsburgh museum

Detail of vintage J.C. Higgins on display in Pittsburgh.

The Steel City has a long-time love affair with the bicycle.

It started before local cyclist Frank Lenz left on his tragic global bike ride in 1892 and continues to this day with Pittsburgh as one terminus of an off-road bicycle route that stretches 335 miles to Washington, DC.

So it’s not surprising that the …

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Vintage bicycle collection scores high bids at 1st auction

1892 Telegram brought highest price at auction

The highly anticipated first of three auctions of vintage bicycles and memorabilia from a recently closed New York-based museum earlier this month brought in a jaw-dropping half-million dollars, about 150% of what the auctioneers predicted.

The highest bid item sold at the auction turned out to be the 1892 Geared Front Drive Telegram, at right. …

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Can you identify these historic club logos from 19th Century Washington?

Here’s a wonderful vintage bicycling photo from Washington dating from the late 1800s that found its way to me. Can anyone identify the “T” and “CCC” symbols emblazoned on some of the jerseys worn in this photo? [See the full photo inside]

The photo’s owner is a descendant of the woman on right side of the photo.

That woman is the owner’s great grandmother, Daisy Hackshaw. He says the photo was taken in the late 1800s near Olympia. Washington wasn’t granted statehood until 1889, so he figures …

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Museum selling vintage-bicycle collection at auction

One of the world’s largest collections of vintage bicycles and bicycling memorabilia is hitting the auction block in three installments, beginning December 1.

Hundreds of bicycles — some dating back to the 1880s and earlier — will be included in the auction of items once housed at the Pedaling History Bicycle Museum in Orchard Park, New York, since 1991.

The museum owners, Carl and Clarice Burgwardt, began collecting antique bicycles in the 1970s …

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Diary tells of cross-country bike tour in 1923

Arthur Miller's biking gear

For two Pennsylvania teen-agers taking their journey of a lifetime, a cross-country bicycle tour in 1923 meant living off the land, hopping freight trains and run-ins with local cops.

As you can see from the photo at left, their cycling gear was spartan:

A single-speed bike equipped with a carbide lamp and belongings carried in a bedroll slung over the shoulder.

The cross-country bike tour tale of Arthur Miller and his friend Earl Hagerman was revealed in a diary that recently fell into the hands of Arthur’s daughter, Lois Yingling, 83, of York, Pa. …

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