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Category: Recreation & Leisure, Sports, Cycles & cycling

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Item 4233

League of American Wheelmen, Belfast, 1891

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1891-05-30 Location: Belfast Media: Photographic print

Item 8142

Start of Bicycle Race, Fairfield, 1887

Contributed by: Skowhegan History House Date: 1887 Location: Fairfield Media: Photographic print

Item 8143

Edgar C. Dunton, Skowhegan, 1888

Contributed by: Skowhegan History House Date: 1888 Location: Skowhegan Media: Photographic print


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A Craze for Cycling

Success at riding a bike mirrored success in life. Bicycling could bring families together. Bicycling was good for one's health. Bicycling was fun. Bicycles could go fast. Such were some of the arguments made to induce many thousands of people around Maine and the nation to take up the new pastime at the end of the nineteenth century.