Bike history notes: the 25th Bicycle Corps
I received an email today with a link to the fascinating story of the Buffalo Soldiers and their 19th century cross-country bicycle trip. Here's an excerpt: "In 1897, 20 soldiers, an army surgeon and a reporter led by Lt. James A. Moss rode bicycles from Fort Missoula in Montana to St. Louis, Missouri. The trip was made as an experiment to see whether the bicycle could serve a useful purpose in the Army. 1890s America was also experiencing a bicycle-craze due to the recent invention of the 'safety bicycle' (a bicycle with wheels of equal size and chain driven). Accounts make it clear that Moss had a romantic streak, and enjoyed the outdoors, as well as what he referred to as 'the poetry of cycling.'"
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