Parachuting Devil Dogs with Bikes


Fact or Fiction?: The United States Marines Parachuted from the skies in WWII with compact bikes. Fiction: In the United States, Columbia produced a bike around 1942 called the Compax. Intended for military use by paratroopers, the folding Compax models were tested by the United States Marine Corps but saw no action in Europe during […] Read more »

Raleigh The All-Steel Bicycle


The Raleigh bicycle’s history began over 100 years ago in 1887 when Frank Bowden purchased a small bike shop on Raleigh Street in Nottingham, England. A year later he founded the Raleigh Cycle Company. The advertisement below is from 1932. At the time Raleigh was close to producing 100,000 bicycles a year. See next vintage […] Read more »

Guinness World Records and Cycling


Do you think you have what is takes to pedal into Guinness World Record history?  Take a gander at some of the cycling related records. The earliest machine propelled by cranks and pedals with connecting rods was built in 1839-40 by Kirkpatrick Macmillan (1810-78) of Dumfries, Scotland. A copy of the machine is now in […] Read more »