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The History of Cycling in Chicago Tour


The History of Cycling in Chicago Tour

Time: June 16, 2018 from 9am to 5pm
Location: Daley Plaza
Street: 50 W. Washington St
City/Town: Chicago, IL 60602
Event Type: cycling, tour
Organized By: Tom Limon
Latest Activity: Jun 10, 2018

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Join me, 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)

Registration Link:
Departure Location: Daley Plaza (under the Picasso)

Lunch: The Empanada Bike
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)

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Comment by Tom Limon on June 10, 2018 at 8:21am

The History of Cycling in Chicago Tour has been rescheduled to Saturday June 16th.

It’s seems only fitting I at least leave everyone with the History of Famous Cycling events that were rescheduled or cancelled due to harsh weather conditions.

Comment by Tom Limon on June 10, 2018 at 5:27am

The History of Cycling in Chicago Tour will be rescheduled do to severe weather conditions, stay tuned for the new date.

Comment by Tom Limon on May 19, 2018 at 10:06am

Due to unpredictable weather conditions we have decided to rescheule this tour for Sunday, June 10th.  If you registered to reserve your spot please check your e-mail with further details regarding this change.

Thank you

Comment by Tom Limon on May 14, 2018 at 8:14am

Hello adventure cyclists, there’s a small amount of spots left for this full immersion cycling tour where Adventure Cycling Tours, Leonard Carey Williams of The Wheelmen, and Chris McAuliffe who authored Images of America Cycling In Chicago will take us back in time whence Chicago was the hub of bicycle manufacturing in America. We will ride with cycling aficionados and their antique bicycles on historic stops and visit Cycle Smithy and Oscar Wastyn Cycles to see personal bike collections, memorabilia, documents, and artifacts from this era.

See ya there!

Comment by Tom Limon on May 7, 2018 at 5:37pm

Just finished attending Chris’s awesome presentation and was able to get my copy of his book signed at the 2018 Illinois Bike Summit. If you’re looking for your copy, Sandmeyer's Bookstore in printers row has copies in stock. Adventure Cycling Tours is very grateful that Chris McAuliffe will be joining us on The History of Cycling in Chicago Tour! 

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