The First Bicycle Club

March 11th Celebrates The First Bicycle Club

Today on Day’s to Remember, we celebrate how on March 11th 1878, the first United States Bicycle Club was formed as the Boston Bicycle Club.

If you’re into bike riding this is a story for you…or have I spoke too soon, a little bicycle humor.

Neither snow, nor sleet, nor bone-chilling cold can keep the members of New York’s assorted recreational bicycle clubs from the swift or, often, leisurely completion of their appointed rides around and out of the city.

The New York Cycle Club, the Five Borough Bicycle Club and Fast and Fab, a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender bike club, are some of those that lead outings and other events year round. And while none of these was around at the turn of the last century, each traces its lineage back to the ubiquitous clubs that dominated the earliest years of cycling.

As the numbers grew, clubs began to develop along ethnic, racial and class lines. This was particularly true in New York and other urban centers, where recent immigrants divided into Italian, German, Belgian and Irish clubs.

Who invented the bicycle?

In 1534 Gian Giacomo Caprotti, designed the first bicycle who was a pupil of Leonardo da Vinci in Italy.

So who invented the first United States Bicycle Club?

Frank W. Weston born around the 1800s was an English-born and trained architect who practiced in Portland, Maine and Boston, Massachusetts. He also invested in the bicycle industry and promoted cycling as a sport.

In 1877, Frank Weston formed a business partnership with Arthur Cunningham, Sidney Heath, and Harold Williams to import bicycles to the United States, and in formed as the Boston Bicycle Club on March 11th 1878.

As you pedal your way through history In February 1878, Weston and thirteen fellow cyclists launched the Boston Bicycle Club, the first club of its kind in the United States.

Weston was also the first and only American of the Cyclists’ Touring Club of England, originally the Bicycle Touring Club. He organized races, one hundred-mile bicycle club, as we celebrate the first bicycle club on March 11th 1878.

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell
jdmitchelldesigns@gmail.com

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