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ploploplo OP t1_jbfpmgc wrote

I had no idea about this 1897 expedition till I read this article about a man who reenacted the journey. On that note, kudos to him for regenerating interest in this fascinating moment in history.


War_Hymn t1_jbhce4h wrote

Given the state of the US road network at that time (the interstate highway system wasn't started until the 1920s), I'm amazed they got that far.


DavidBSkate t1_jbjmte3 wrote

Probably solid rubber tires, heavy gauge steel, these bikes would have weighted a ton, I’d imagine they had to hike them through a lot of stuff, and even with them being on wheels, pushing them up and over things would have been a lot of work.