Columbia High-wheel Bicycle
Military-style biking across America
Inspired by the example of British manufacturers, American firms like Pope--creator of the Columbia--began to produce high-wheel bicycles in the 1880s. During this time, athletic young men formed clubs and began to explore rural America on high-wheel bicycles. Club members relished the idea that bicycles were mechanical substitutes for horses, and some imitated the U.S. Cavalry while on tour: They wore military-style uniforms and obeyed bugle calls to mount, proceed, stop, and dismount.
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