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In case you navigate to this page directly as a bookmark, please be aware that the New Wheelmen Message Board is now live. Activity will be migrating there
and this old forum will be kept as an archive link.

You can also navigate there by going to and searching the last page on the right under the "...".

All users will need to re-register.

Thank you and look forward to seeing you there.

Ride the High Country,

The Wheelmen are an antique bicycle club. From early on we focused on pre-1918 bicycles and have recently expanded to 1932.
Many Wheelmen have and enjoy safeties of all stripes. Most of the cover stories for our recent magazines
have focused on safeties.

when will we need to re-register?

Hi Greg,

A specific elevation date for the new Message Board has not been set, but
I anticipate our going live the Week of the 13th of April.

It will be obvious by the new look that the elevation has taken place and
at that time you will be able to submit your re-registration.

Kind regards,


Thank you for your thoughtful response.

Being a member of the Wheelmen is more than being able to attend in-person events.
Members receive a quarterly newsletter, an excellent semi-annual magazine and become part of a community of enthusiasts.
The club publishes a directory to help connect those members among other benefits and now
parts of the website will be reserved for members.

With so much available on the internet for free we are all used to getting everything for free, but
the Wheelmen is not a business and resources like the website cost real money. We do not get
internet revenue from advertising or selling personal data.

I hope you will re-evaluate and see the value in The Wheelmen.  Membership is $30 annually.

Yes, it is very unfortunate that we were unable to maintain the earlier message board.
The archiving of the current message board is not aspirational, the programming is
already done and we will be able to keep a link to the current message board.
With time hopefully the new message board can become a great resource again.

Important changes are being made to the Wheelmen website in the next few weeks.

Photos and Video Pages:
These pages are being updated with the option to submit material to the Administrator for consideration to be shared on the site.

Reference Material pages:
Bulletins, Magazines and PDF Attachments will be "Members Only" pages. Members of the Wheelmen will be able
to access these pages with a user name and password.

Message Board
The Message Board is being updated to a more user friendly format (Attachment shows slides to help orient users).
Important: everyone will need to re-register for the site. To become a registered user of the Wheelmen website and Message Board, you will
need to be a paying member of the Wheelmen organization. The website registration process is not automated and each registration request will be
reviewed for approval by the website Administrator. Since this is a manual process please be patient if your registration isn't
immediately approved. We will work to approve requests as timely as we can.

The current message board will be archived with access through a link on the new Message Board.

It will be easier to attach photos or other documents and create links in your posts. There is no pre-specified size limit for the attachments.
Additional options exist to compose your posts and features such as creating a poll.

The goal of this message is to give current users advanced notice of the changes that are coming. While there will always be
opportunity to improve, I believe these new enhancement will provide a better user experience and improve the club's ability
to share more proprietary information with club members online.

At this challenging time of social distancing I hope the enhanced website Message Board will be an outlet for Wheelmen to stay connected.

Kind regards,

Eric Knight
The Wheelmen

General discussions on Wheelmen topics. / Ongoing Redesign of the Website
« on: February 11, 2020, 09:03:31 PM »
The Wheelmen website underwent some changes at the end of last year and Phase II of enhancements is now under development.
Back in July at the Annual Meeting in Sedalia, MO I announced an initiative to update and improve the website to make it
more modern and user friendly. This plan has also been communicated in the Wheelmen Magazine and Newsletter.

Phase I was a face lift and gave the club better capabilities to administer some sections of the website. Phase II will focus
on improving this message board and establishing paid members only access for some pages of the website. Improvements will
also be made to the club photos and video sharing pages.

A Phase III is also planned which hopes to improve the administration of membership as well as other possible changes.

Enhancements to the website have long been wished for and with this initiative the club is investing significant funds
and volunteer time to move website forward as a valuable tool for our paying members and the public.

The estimated time of delivery for the Phase II updates is within two months.

Kind regards,

Eric Knight
The Wheelmen


Unfortunately John Deakins has confirmed he no longer wishes to supply the Wheelmen with name badges and hanger bars. We wish to thank him for his many years supplying the Wheelmen with custom affinity-ware.

Effective Immediately... Naag Tag, Inc is our new supplier.

To order a name tag go to:
To order a hanger bar go to:

FYI... Today on National Public Radio's program Fresh Air author Michael Kranish was interviewed about his new book on Major Taylor: The World's Fastest Man. Attached link to listen to the interview...

The current issue of our Wheelmen Magazine also features an article on Major Taylor by Lynne Tolman.

Edith Virginia Woodbridge McNair, known to friends as Edie died at the age of 89, at her home in Madison, New Hampshire, Dec. 14, 2017.

Edie was born in Germantown Pennsylvania on May 12, 1928. She was the youngest child of Helen and Lester Woodbridge. Edie met Bob McNair through the Buck Ridge Ski Club, another club where he was one of the founders. On one of their early dates Bob arrived in a friend’s MG-TC. As they walked to the parking lot, he asked her to pick the car she’d like to go for a ride in. Edie picked the MG, Bob walked over started it up much to her surprise, and off they went. He didn’t tell her then, but her choice convinced him she was pretty special. Bob and Edie were married on June 12, 1949, departing the wedding in a 1907 Reo and spending their honeymoon riding a tandem around Nantucket Island.

They built a home in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania where they raised their 4 children. Bob and Edie were interested in antique modes of transportation. While Bob collected cars and bicycles Edie collected and restored a number of beautiful antique carriages and sleighs. She was as talented with a hammer and a paintbrush as she was with a sewing machine, doing much of the restoration work herself. She enjoyed driving her carriages in Vermont, where she’d often pile in a load of kids for a bumpy ride down to town for popsicles.

Not content to merely drive the sag wagon on Wheelmen rides, Edie became one of the first women members of the Wheelmen, achieving voting status on a very early, very heavy little Columbia ordinary. Edie was often found on a tandem with Bob, a testament to her courage, as she was often seated in back allowing him to steer in spite of his diminished eyesight. She also enjoyed riding her lovely pony Star in parades. With their 4 children she and Bob had many adventures both on land and in the water. Edie and Bob won the first U.S. National White Water Slalom Championship for mixed doubles canoe in 1958 a title they held for three years.

She loved embracing new adventures; she purchased a little blue MG Midget, bought a used hang glider and tried hang gliding off of Blueberry Hill at the family farm in VT, and zoomed over the back roads on her cherry red motorcycle. In later years, Edie was introduced to another widow with a taste for travel and adventure. Edie and Peg took many amazing trips together. She will long be remembered for her out-going personality, her “you can do anything if you work at it” attitude and her generosity. Her life was over-flowing with the love of family and friends.

A casual Celebration of Life is being planned for August 4, 2018 at her Farm in Madison NH. Plans are to meet 11-3 starting with a celebration of a life well lived, then a light lunch followed by Edie's favorite Ice Cream and Mint Oreos.

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