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Bicycle’s history in Henderson dates back to 1881

Bicycle’s historical past in Henderson dates again to 1881

This photo, which T.R. Holliday provided to The Gleaner for its 1996 pictorial history, depicts a June 1920 bicycle race sponsored by Oliver Z. Pardon and his Indian motorcycle and bicycle dealership at 132 N. Elm St. The Pardon store sponsored Henderson's first formal bicycle race in 1916, although the bicycle had made its first appearance here in 1881.

Twenty-one riders entered a four-block bicycle race a century in the past in downtown Henderson. Solely 4 completed the course. The winner’s time was 28 minutes flat.

I’ve been writing my historical past column because the first of 1998 and have fairly completely coated the native look of vehicles and airplanes. However I’ve by no means actually given the early beginnings of the bicycle its due. I’m making an attempt to treatment that with this column.

The primary bicycles to seem domestically have been nearly definitely what have been then often known as “penny-farthings,” the sort with the large entrance wheel and no chain. They have been ridden principally by daring younger males as a result of they have been considerably harmful. In case you hit a pothole or different obstruction, you have been more likely to be thrown excessive of the entrance wheel. There was even a reputation for that sort of accident — a header.

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