History of the Louisville Bicycle Club
- 19th Century Photos from the Archives
- Check out the cycling photos courtesy of the University of Louisville’s Photographic Archives.
- The Beginning of the “Modern-Day” Louisville Wheelmen
- Gil Morris and Bob Pluckebaum on the establishment of the “modern-day” Louisville Wheelmen, and the history of two annual rides the Wheelmen offers: The Old Kentucky Home Tour and the Leaf Festival Ride.
- The Early Days
- Tantalizing tidbits from old newspaper accounts of the heyday of bicycling—the late 19th century.
- Bicycle Commuting in the Late 19th Century
- Thousands of commuters on a typical morning, according to a 1897 newspaper account—and without gridlock, helicopter traffic reports, and multiple-vehicle pile-ups!
- The Big Ride in 1897
- Account of a 10,000-rider (that’s not a typo, it’s ten thousand) parade-carnival-ride and general mayhem.
- A.D. “Pap” Ruff and the Wheelmen’s Bench
- The story of Wheelmen’s Bench—located at Third St. and Southern Parkway (near Churchill Downs)—and its 100-years too-late dedication.
- The Trials & Tribulations of the Turn-of-the-Century Cyclists
- Close encounters with early automobiles and pedestrians and assorted road hazards awaited the early wheelmen (and wheelwomen).
- Louisville Cycle Clubs (an article reprinted from The Courier-Journal, Sunday, August 9, 1896)
- The comings and goings of Louisville’s bicycle clubs at the end of the 19th century.
- Centennial Ride Sunday, September 28, 1997
- A bike ride to celebrate the centennial anniversary of the big bike ride in 1897 and to rededicate the Ruff memorial. (See photos of the Centennial Ride.)
- League of American Wheelmen 1896 Rally
- Joe Ward takes a look back, 100 years back, to the last time the League of American Wheelmen held the National Meet in Louisville.
- Bicycling in Louisville (an excerpt from The Encyclopedia of Louisville)
- Joe Wards contribution to The Encyclopedia of Louisville about the history of bicycling in Louisville
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last updated: 3 May 2005
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