Category Archives: historic preservation

Memories along the Monon


When I was growing up on the north side of Indianapolis, there was no such thing as the Monon Trail. Instead, it was the Monon Railroad linking the city with communities to the north, including Chicago. In 1985, the Monon … Continue reading

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Crafting the ultimate dream bicycle…one component at a time


I finished reading the captivating book by Robert Penn entitled, It’s All About the Bike: The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels, last week. This fascinating read approaches the evolution of the bicycle and its storied history in a unique fashion … Continue reading

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Riding the Maple City Greenway


Kathy and I spent much of yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon riding three segments of the Maple City Greenway in Goshen, Indiana. They include the one mile long Winona Interurban Trail linking Goshen College and Waterford Mills, the two-mile long Center City Trail linking … Continue reading

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The classiest bicycle ever made


There have been many impressive bicycle designs throughout the velo era. Style, charm, artistry, utility, comfort, and form are each factors which determine whether a particular model will capture the buying public’s imagination. To this avid cyclist, the bicycle that captured both … Continue reading

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Images from the Betsie Valley Trail


Kathy and I rode our rented bicycles 20 miles on Sunday from Frankfort, Michigan to Beulah, Michigan and then back along the Betsie Valley Trail in the northwest Lower Peninsula. The wonderful corridor starts near the shores of Lake Michigan … Continue reading

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Vintage 1950s handlebar-mounted bicycle radio


Could you imagine trying to keep this bulky, square box safely fastened on the handlebars of your bike? It’s a 1950s Arvin 514Y23-13 AM bicycle radio/horn with a reflector that I acquired in 2013 for inclusion in my transistor radio … Continue reading

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21 bike head badges and a butt badge


Here are a series of photos I recently took of the bicycle head badges and one seat/butt badge for sale outside the Michigan State University (MSU) Surplus Store. These are abandoned/discarded bicycles that were gathered up around campus at the end … Continue reading

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Multi-modal trails are “looking grand” in Portland…Michigan


Kathy and I enjoyed the delightful Mother’s Day weather with temperatures in the low 80s by bicycling the Portland, Michigan non-motorized trail system. For a city of approximately 3,900 residents, Portland has an amazing 11 mile long trail system (see signed … Continue reading

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A vision of velo purgatory


I recently stopped by the Michigan State University (MSU) Surplus Store and had to take a couple of photos (above and below) of the many forlorn bicycles that are caught in what appears to be best described as “quasi-velo purgatory” – somewhere … Continue reading

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Bike badges photo essay


Above and below a the various bike badges that were observed this morning over a two-hour period during the local bicycle-recycle and donation event. Quite a varied selection, I might say. Personally, of the bicycle badges seen today I like … Continue reading

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