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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

In 1890s Chicago, bicycles were all the rage

Brian S posted this a few days ago on FB. 

In 1890s Chicago, bicycles were all the rage
Chicago Tribune
Robert Loerzel
Link: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2014-05-03/news/ct-bicycle-craze-flashback-0427-20140503_1_bicycles-bikes-cyclists

"Chicago's fastest, rudest bicyclists were called "scorchers." They hunched over their handlebars as they raced in the streets.

They were "selfish, reckless, impudent transgressors of the law and trespassers upon the rights of others," the Tribune harrumphed. The newspaper described scorchers as cyclists "who delight to whirl around corners without warning and sweep down upon the unwary on a crossing, with a laugh at the alarm they cause and only a very slight fear of the police."

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