Chicago during America's First Bicycle Craze

I recently stumbled upon this website while searching for information regarding the Mead Cycle Company. If you're a fan of late 19th and early 20th century bicycles, you'll love these old photos. Just click on headline of this post to go to the Chicago Tribune page.

  Cyclists J. E. Gill, C.A. Linde and Ed Bukowski, position their bicycles in front of a crowd on North Michigan Avenue in Chicago in 1901.  — Chicago History Museum , Jan. 1, 1901

 

Cyclists J. E. Gill, C.A. Linde and Ed Bukowski, position their bicycles in front of a crowd on North Michigan Avenue in Chicago in 1901. 

— Chicago History Museum , Jan. 1, 1901

Traveling Across Florida

The great state of Florida.

The great state of Florida.

This week I'm joining an old friend from my working life to help him bring his new 38' trawler yacht from St. Petersburg, across Lake Okeechobee, and then to Vero Beach which will be a bit of an adventure. I'd always wanted to do the cross Florida trip; the last opportunity was when we bought the Grand Banks 42 in Punta Gorda and needed to get it across the state to Vero Beach but the lake level was way down because of a summer long drought and there was insufficient depth in the lake channel to get across so we brought to boat around through Florida Bay and the Keys which turned a 5 day run into 11 days. I'm hoping this trip goes a lot smoother!

Memories of our old website

Check out this screen shot of our old home page. Quite a difference, eh? Click on the "LIKE" button below if you like the new site. All images are bigger, all text is easier to read and the navigation is a piece of cake. Speaking of which, I'm really hungry and think I'll go eat some of Mela's delicious sour cream sponge cake. Be right back!

An Early Father's Day gift

What a surprise! My daughter-in-law decided to redesign my website! She's hoping I like it and don't ask her for a million changes. She is still trying to figure out how to use the site building software...so far so good? She's gotten pretty far in a few days and it does seem much easier to see my work and read the text! All of my ardent fans who have kvetched to me about the difficulties of my old site will hopefully rejoice with glee after visiting this one! I have lots of work to do though, lots of paragraphs to write about the 33 bicycles that I have completed and have been posted so far.