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I’m not a historian; I’m a cyclist who lives in Cincinnati.  For a number of years I lived in Brighton, which is a scruffy little neighborhood near the downtown.  It’s easy to see the past in this neighborhood because things have remained pretty much at a standstill for decades.  I think its interesting to ponder that more than 130 years ago men and women rode their bicycles on the same roads I do and with the same amount of wonder and pleasure that I get from doing the same.  Its fun to see an old building or landmark mentioned in the archival materials we have available that is still there for us to see.  This town has become populated with a few more benevolent ghosts since I started my research.

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  1. Doug Rykel permalink
    April 18, 2013 5:25 pm


    I am looking for specific information about the 1892 J.E .Poorman’s annual road race.
    Could you please contact me at my email address.

    Thank you for your time.

  2. Richard permalink
    December 21, 2014 3:27 am

    Very nice collection of information and images! Thanks.

  3. Chris Bentley permalink
    February 2, 2015 9:46 pm

    Hello there, I’m William Windisch’s great grandson and I just inherited a photo album containing many of his images of the Brighton Cycling Club. Evidently he was an avid photographer as well as cyclist. Please let me know if you’d care to have some scans of hese images.
    Cheers, Chris Bentley

    • February 3, 2015 2:59 am

      Chris – very pleased you have found me! I would love to see your collection! I am slowly building up my research on this subject and welcome anything new. William Windisch was a founding member of the Brighton club and remained a cycling fan for many years, so his part is instrumental in the history of cycling in Cincinnati. I may be able to also shed some light on his photos from my notes. How can I reach you to see these photos?


      Eric Puryear

  4. Tamera Muente permalink
    March 15, 2016 3:19 pm

    Dear Eric:

    I am researching some 1880s Cincinnati photographs, and have a photograph of a bicycle club which is identical to the small image posted with your first blog entry. I’m wondering where you found your image, and if there was any documentation with it (is it definitely the Brighton club, where the image was taken, perhaps even the photographer). Thank you for any help you can give me!

    Tamera Muente, Taft Museum of Art

    • February 26, 2017 1:56 pm

      I have a book entitled Handbook of the League of American Wheelmen, Ohio Division – this is the 1892 edition. It lists, county by county, the cycling highlights and good roads of the state. I have an original edition and a reprinted version if you are interested.
      Steve Magas

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