According to Chris McAuliffe, at the turn of the century Chicago was to the bicycle industry what Detroit was to the automobile industry.
Chris is the author of the book Cycling in Chicago and he shared highlights the city’s cycling heritage at the April 17 meeting of the Evanston Bike Club.
Chris is a long time Chicago resident, cyclist enthusiastic, and first time author who pitched a book about cycling history to a publisher and received a contract 10 days later. He did the research for the book at libraries and by examining the archives of local families with ties to Chicago cycling history.
The early days of cycling in Chicago was from 1890 to 1910 where there were:
The Glory Days were from 1920 to 1940:
Prominent cycling personalities in Chicago were:
Cycling in Chicago is available on Amazon and Arcadia Publishing, Barnes and Noble and many independent bookstores and bike shops
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