Event Information:

  • Sat

    The History of Cycling in Chicago Tour

    9:00 amRichard J.Daley Center 50 W. Washington, Chicago, Illinois 60602

    The History of Cycling in Chicago Tour

    Join Biketropolis, The Wheelman, and Chris McAuliffe, author of Cycling in Chicago (Images of America), as we pedal down memory lane to learn about Chicago’s rich cycling history. We’ll start our journey at Daley Plaza near where bicycling manufacturing once thrived. We’ll discuss a variety of important cycling events that took place in Chicago during the mid-1800’s thru the early-1900’s. To help paint the picture of how popular cycling was during this time period, we will view and discuss vintage photos, bike catalogs, and brochures along the tour. Carey Williams will talk us through this important time in history, along with his fellow Wheelman who will be riding antique bicycles dressed in period apparel. The carefully planned route will take us past where several prominent bike manufactures and showrooms once stood, where indoor racing events took place, and along some of the routes where early outdoor racing competitions occurred.

    Date: Saturday, June 16th, 2018
    Time: 9:00am to 5:00pm
    Cost: $25 (Includes a donation to the Wheelman)
    Lunch: The Empanada Bike
    Departure Location: Daley Plaza (under the Picasso)
    Total Distance Round Trip: 35 Miles
    Average Speed: 10-12 MPH with rest stops planned along the way.
    Skill level: Moderate ride / No drop
    Gear: bike, lock, helmet, hydration, snacks and a camera

    Here are the tour’s highlights:

    Multiple locations used by Arnold & Schwinn Co.

    Loring & Keene’s First Chicago Velocipede

    A G Spaulding

    Ellsworth Zouave Hall Riding School and Showroom


    Vintage Bicycle Magazine Locations

    Major Taylor’s extremely important role in cycling

    Mead Cycle

    The Famous Race to Pullman

    Riding Schools and Showrooms from the past

    Chicago Handle Bar Co.

    Excelsior Supply Company

    Rambler Factory Building

    Monarch Cycling

    Illinois Cycle Works

    Pope Mfg. (Columbia)

    Western Wheel Works (Crescent)

    Cycle Smithy (Antique bikes and Artifacts)

    Oscar Wastyn (Antique bikes and Artifacts)

    Extended Portion of Tour: (Optional)

    Rosehill Cemetary (Ignaz Schwinn Grave)

    Gary’s Cycle Shop (Antique Racing Bicycle and Photos)

    Graceland Cemetary (Featherstone Grave)

    Too much to list.....