Re: For Frank Krygowski
- From: carlfogel@xxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Tue, 10 Nov 2009 12:00:19 -0700
On Tue, 10 Nov 2009 10:07:10 -0800 (PST), "russellseaton1@xxxxxxxxx"
On Nov 6, 9:55 pm, carlfo...@xxxxxxxxxxx wrote:
"It may be regarded as settled, by the universal agreement of all
wheelmen, that a man can, on fair roads, make forty to fifty miles a
day on a bicycle, and be no more fatigued at the close than if he had
ridden an easy saddle horse the same distance.
I've had the misfortune to ride a saddle horse 15 miles and was very
uncomfortable at the end of the ride. Long distance horse riding is
for the hardened rider accustomed to pain and misery.
Kind of like long distance bicycling?
Actually, the riders get used to it. Think of all the posts on RBT
that tell new riders how they'll get used to the hard, narrow bicycle
And keep in mind that the medical expert was talking about riding
things like these two examples 40-50 miles on unpaved roads with solid
A 50-mile highwheeler ride on a real road in 1883 was no picnic.
Two things worth pointing out about that photo.
First, the photo shows highwheelers in their natural habitat, not in
the usual studio pose.
(Modern highwheelers are almost never ridden on anything but modern
pavement, which is a bit like riding a mountain bike with knobby tires
around a board-track velodrome.)
Second, the photo is reversed, as shown by the mounting step, the
brake levers, and the watch-chain.
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