Day 246: Photos from the Mayor’s Hike & Bike

6 09 2010

Perfect weather today brought out a record number of people who participated in the Mayor’s Hike & Bike this morning. According to the Courier-Journal, 7400 people attended today’s event. (I think around 5,000 attended the Memorial Day ride back in May). The route this time went over the 2nd Street bridge into Indiana, then back across and downtown through the Portland neighborhood to Shawnee Park and back. I think it was around 17 miles. We took a long way home afterwards, so our round trip ride today was 25.5 miles. 

Crowds start to gather for the start of the ride.




Riding across the 2nd Street bridge.




This guy looked like he was having a lot of fun. I love these bikes.


I loved seeing the guy riding the highwheeler (above). Actually, I’m not sure of the correct name for these bikes. I’ve heard them called highwheelers, Boneshakers and Penny-farthings. Whatever they’re called, it reminds me of the “Lost Cyclist” book I’m currently reading by David Herlihy, who is speaking this Thursday at one of our local bike shops. I’m only about 40 pages into the book, but I hope to get off work in time to make it to the event. 

The bi-annual event always draws a good size crowd and it’s fun to see the various people and bikes that come out for the day. Several people were carrying little dogs in their baskets, but I didn’t get an opportunity for any photos of them. David, one the local cyclists, was pulling several dogs in their crates which were attached to a trailer. David has way more energy than I do. 🙂 I yelled hi to him as I passed, but couldn’t get a photo. This is Mayor Abramson’s last term in office, so I really hope the new mayor continues the Hike & Bike each year. 

Today’s food journal: 

— Whole wheat english muffin = 1 point
— 1 Tbsp peanut butter = 2 points
— 1/2 banana = 0.5 points 

— Morningstar Farms veggie buffalo wings = 4 points
— 1 cup chocolate milk = 3 points 

— Grilled chicken sandwich = 9 points
— Potato chips = 7 points (est.)
— Iced tea = 0 points 

— Weight Watchers brownie = 3 points 

— 25 mile bike ride @ 12 mph average (2 hours non-stop) = +15 activity points 

Life’s a journey. Enjoy the ride! 

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Thanks for visiting.




7 responses

7 09 2010

Correction – I meant to say that David Herlihy is speaking at one of our local *book* stores (Carmichael’s). Not bike shop. Duh. Sorry for the confusion.

8 09 2010

Great pictures! The Hike & Bike was really awesome! I didn’t see the highwheel rider — now I wish I’d hung around longer after I got to the finish!

From what I understand, ‘highwheeler,’ ‘boneshaker,’ and ‘penny-farthing’ are all historically appropriate nicknames for the style of bike in question, though ‘boneshaker’ also referred to an earlier iteration of bicycle design — in essence, a similar idea, but with a smaller size differential between the wheels and a somewhat different frame design.

When ‘safety bicycles’ (which are basically the standard diamond-frame bikes we ride today) came out, people started referring to them as ‘ordinary bicycles,’ or just ‘ordinaries’ to draw a distinction (‘safety bicycles’ also had an array of nicknames). Prior to that, though, I think their technical name was simply ‘bicycle’ (it looks like the highwheel was the first member of the velocipede family to carry this moniker).

I often see ‘penny-farthing’ abbreviated to P-Far, which seems vaugely rap-star-esque, LOL.

8 09 2010
Alice - cyclingproject365

Hi Asher, thanks for your feedback and for visiting! Glad you enjoyed the photos. I had hoped to get more, but didn’t shoot as many as I planned. The highwheeler was pretty cool. He looked like he was having a great time. Thanks for the info on the various terms and bike styles. I’ve seen the “P-Far” term and like you mentioned, it makes me think of a bad rap star. 🙂 Your comment included some information that made me think of a book I’m reading. “The Lost Cyclist: The Epic Tale of an American Adventurer and His Mysterious Disappearance” by David Herlihy. I’m only about 80 pages into it, but so far it’s a great book. (You might enjoy it if you’ve not already read it.) And the author is speaking this Thursday at Carmichael’s on Frankfort. I had more information here:

Hard to believe people in the 1800s rode those highwheelers on long-distance trips. I wouldn’t have a clue how to get on one! 😉

Thanks again for visiting. Keep in touch and ride safe.

9 11 2010
Tom Armstrong

The high-wheeler in your picture was being ridden by Carson Torpey, owner of Bardstown Road Bicycles. I know of at least two of the bikes in town–the other is owned by a guy who lives in Hurstbourne.

The guy on the handcycle works for Gould’s, if I remember correctly. I’ve worked on a couple of those bikes, although it’s been a few years ago. I have a couple other acquaintances who own them. Neat machines!

9 11 2010
Alice - cyclingproject365

Thanks Tom. I was unable to get Carson’s name, but I’ve seen him around town from time to time. It always looks like he’s having a lot of fun.

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