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Bike Hall of Fame talk chronicles 19th-century journey

From page B6 | July 14, 2013 |

Renowned cycling historian and author David Herlihy will give a talk at the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame on Tuesday that local fans of cycling and history won’t want to miss.

At the event, Herlihy — the author of “Bicycle: The History” and “The Lost Cyclist: The Epic Tale of An American Adventurer and His Mysterious Disappearance” — will present information and images, recently discovered in the UCLA library’s archives, of the famous around-the-world bicycling trip by Thomas Allen and William Sachtleben in 1890.

The two recent American college graduates set off on the journey to circle the globe on new-fangled “safeties,” the prototype of the present-day bicycle. They also were equipped with another remarkable novelty: the compact Kodak film camera.

Herlihy, who lives in Massachusetts, will begin his talk at 7 p.m. at the Hall of Fame at 303 Third St.

Regular Bike Hall of Fame hours are 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, visit



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