Scott Goldstein wrote:
> Found a picture of the original Rose Bowl Riders from the 1897 Tournament
> of Roses Parade.
Not only was the first Tournament of Roses Parade bicycle based, but the "Tournament of Roses" was a BICYLE RACE and not a football game. Amazing!
Another interesting bikefact. The "Good Roads" movement in the 1880s for getting the dirt roads in the US paved was instagated by the League of American Wheelmen (LAW). They had a very large policical clout at that time. In other words, paved roads had nothing to do with automobiles!
"A 10-mile commute by bicycle requires 350 calories of energy...The same trip in the average American car uses 18,600 calories." --Worldwatch Paper 90; The Bicycle: Vehicle for a Small Planet; Marcia Lowe.
"In a rush to run engines on gasoline substitutes such as corn-based ethanol, decision makers have overlooked a technology that converts food directly into fuel. A cyclist can ride three-and-a-half miles on the calories found in an ear of corn -- without any distilling or refining." --Worldwatch Paper 90; The Bicycle: Vehicle for a Small Planet; Marcia Lowe