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• 52nd annual Wheelmen Meet July 24-28 in Sedalia. The meet will take place at State Fair Community College and the Missouri State Fairgrounds along with the Century Day Ride on the Katy Trail. The downtown Criterium will be hosted in conjunction with the meet. For more information, visit

Any Connecticut Wheelmen available to surprise Donald?

U.S. Navy veteran Donald Langlois, Sr., has been selected to marshal Branford’s 2018 Veterans Day Parade.
Now retired, he worked for Pratt & Whitney, WNHC Radio and TV, Armstrong Tire/Pirelli Tire, and R & D Special Performance Tire Design and owned his own printing company for 28 years.

General discussions on Wheelmen topics. / Bicycle collector has passed
« on: September 16, 2018, 07:35:05 AM »
"Jack DeVries, a veteran Bellingham retailer and collector of all things bicycling, died Tuesday, Sept. 11. He was 83.
During the 1950s, DeVries rode penny farthings with a group in parades in Vancouver, British Columbia, and Seattle.
Jack was just as passionate about collecting cycling memorabilia. “Our old shop (pre-1995) was an old-time shop where you had everything stuffed into a shop that you could. There were a ton of antique bikes on the walls and ceiling,” Kent recalled. “And his house from ’74 until he moved down to Arizona was nothing but bicycle stuff. Literally every nook and cranny you could see in the place."

General discussions on Wheelmen topics. / Wheeling is just like flying
« on: August 22, 2018, 10:25:15 PM »
Found this article in the “The Aeronautical annual” 1896. 
(note - the Wright brothers first glider flew in 1900)

Discussions on vintage bike builders and reproductions. / Woody
« on: August 10, 2018, 05:43:27 PM »
1942 Don Truitt built the “Wooden Wacky” to beat the rubber shortage.

General discussions on Wheelmen topics. / Early pedal photo
« on: August 08, 2018, 08:10:13 PM »
Is this a replay photo? New to me.
Built in 1843 by her farther in St. Denis France.
Brought to California during the gold rush.
(1933) Mrs Estelle Cardinet, 87 of Hayward, California.   

A Polish shoemaker brought his family to America in 1889 escaping the Russian control of their homeland. They change their names to remove ethnicity.  From Baltimore they moved to Canada. They tried their hand in a general store bartering tin wares with trappers in exchange for furs.
In 1896 they moved to Youngstown Ohio. First repairing shoes, then opened a meat counter and grocery store. They also tried running a bowling alley. One brother started a job in the steel mill. In the first two days on the job he witnesses a fatal accident, and someone lose a limb. They tried running vaudeville and photo-plays at an Opera House but failed after the one summer.

 In 1899, Harry opened a bicycle shop in Youngstown with brother Albert.

Fifteen-year-old Sam worked as a projectionist at a local amusement park and at Cedar Point Pleasure Resort in Sandusky. After seeing Thomas Edison’s, “The Great Train Robbery” Sam saw an opportunity. Pawning his father’s gold watch and the family horse to be able to buy a Kinetoscope. Sam and brother Albert would show the movie “The Great Train Robbery” in a tent in their backyard, then at carnivals in Ohio and Pennsylvania.
In 1905 Harry sold his Youngstown bicycle shop to purchase a building in New Castle, Pennsylvania. This became the Cascade Movie Palace. This quickly grew into fifteen theaters. They then got into film distribution in 1907. When the Edison Trust started charging distributors exorbitant fees,
The Warner Brothers moved into film production.

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