Louisville Bicycle Club
LBC History Series
Cycling Photos from the Past
The Beginning of the ‘Modern-Day’ Louisville Wheelmen
The Early Days
Bicycle Commuting in the Late 19th Century
The Big Ride in 1897
‘Pap’ Ruff and the Wheelmen’s Bench
The Trials & Tribulations of the Turn-of-the-Century Cyclists
Louisville Cycle Clubs (an article from The Courier-Journal, Sunday, August 9, 1896)
Centennial Ride – Sunday, Sept. 28, 1997
League of American Wheelmen 1896 Rally
Bicycling in Louisville (an excerpt from the Louisville Encyclopedia)
Louisville Bicycle Club History Series

Cycling Photos from the Past

courtesy of University of Louisville’s Photographic Archives


  • Couple with bicycles — Check out the “safeties” completed with elaborate seat suspension and, as far as I can tell, pneumatic tires and linkages-operated hub brakes
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  • A “Wheelman” with his high wheeler
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  • A young cyclist — How would you like to ride a bike with this kind of trail and rake? The frame doesn’t look all that rigid either, without what we call the “top tube.” But, hey, you can’t beat those 20-spoke wheels!
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  • A trio of wheelmen — Who says front suspension is a new invention? Check out the suspension set-up of the safety bicycle on the left!
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  • A gaggle of wheelmen doing a balancing act. There are high-wheelers, safety bicycles, and even a tandem (but don’t look for generous cockpit room for the stoker)!
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  • Jefferis’ Cycle Shop
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  • Wheelmen’s Bench & A.D. “Pap” Ruff Memorial as it appeared in 1898.
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