Recent news on the auction of the Pedaling History Bicycle Museum collection sparked a search through our Sports Scrapbooks for more on Buffalo’s bicycling past. Bicycles were hugely popular in the early 1900s, and Buffalo was home to several bicycle clubs that held races, rides, and picnics. According to the article below, Buffalo was once known as “The Wheelman’s Paradise.”
More information on Buffalo’s bicycling history can be found in the Grosvenor Room’s scrapbooks, Local History File, and Vertical Files.
Sources: “When the Bike was King in Buffalo.” Buffalo Times, Nov. 13, 1932, Sports in Buffalo Scrapbook, v.1, p.108. “A Pioneer Buffalo Bicycler.” Buffalo Morning Express, June 4, 1905, Sports in Buffalo Scrapbook, v.1, p.106. [Group on steps]. Courier Express, June 25, 1954, Sports in Buffalo Scrapbook, v.2, p.123. “Buffalo’s great road races.” Sports in Buffalo Scrapbook, v.2, p.118.