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How long have people riding been bike "centuries?" - nm(8 posts)

How long have people riding been bike "centuries?" - nmSquishy
May 28, 2003 8:59 AM
first was 1980; dry stretch, then lots last 6 years nmDougSloan
May 28, 2003 9:00 AM
when was the bike invented? nmSteve_0
May 28, 2003 9:01 AM
The were very popular in the 1890's ....Humma Hah
May 28, 2003 9:40 AM
... but were done on dirt roads, on fixed-gear or singlespeed bikes that were essentially cyclocrossers.

Cyclists then were called "Wheelmen", so when you ride a century put on by a "wheelmen's association", you're experiencing cycling tradition more than a hundred years old.
the kicker...Steve_0
May 28, 2003 10:22 AM
they were doing them on pennyfarthings back then, eating PB&Js. Heaven forbid you dont have carbon fiber, aeroclothing, and powerbars today.
and.......Dave Hickey
May 28, 2003 10:29 AM
They were smoking cigarettes and drinking wine.
It probably helped ...Humma Hah
May 28, 2003 10:35 AM
... getting up the courage to get on a penny farthing was probably easier after a little wine.

Life was cheap back then. Cigarettes and head injuries were not your biggest worries.
still do...........nmbic
May 28, 2003 5:39 PM