Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Good long description of 19th century cycling in San Francisco

Blog entry describes cycling in California, particularly San Francisco during the 19th century. Lots of detail, quotes from interesting publication, and photographs.

Notes that the popularity of the bicycle depended on pneumatic tires which in turn required lots of rubber, much of which came from Belgian King Leopold's Congo and the Amazon, setting in motion much unpleasantness for the future. On the up side, the positive role of bicycling for women is briefly noted.

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