Mad Men and Bicycles

Mad Men and Bicycles

On the pilot episode of Mad Men, Don Draper solicited an expert psychological report on the motivations of smokers in the 1960s. What would such a report have looked like for bicycles?

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Breaking Away

Breaking Away

For American cyclists — starved for cultural validation — the 1979 film was a delight, and continues to evoke fond memories for recreational riders today. But what can Breaking Away tell us about the history of American cycling?

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But is it Baggage?

But is it Baggage?

In the bicycle boom of the 1890s, the practical question arose when a cyclist loaded their ride onto a railroad car or ferry. Did it count as personal luggage included in the price of the ticket, or could the railroad charge more?

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Freewheelin’

Freewheelin’

In 1985, Wolf Ruck, a Toronto-based author and filmmaker, produced the 15-minute long mountain bike film Freewheelin’. It is both the most awesomely 80’s thing ever, and a marker of a major historical change in the way that people thought about bicycles. You should watch it.

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January Dreaming

January Dreaming

Thanks to the fine bicycle touring maps produced by the Adventure Cycling Association, I’m sitting at my work table and dreaming of a series of book tours by bike.

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