The Nation'a largest recumbent dealer, the Bicycle Man, in Alfred Station, upstate New York, plays host to the first annual Northeast Recumbent Rally on Sat Sep 14. Followed by an early evening barbecue also on their rustic grounds, the day's activities will find cyclists coming from as far away as Florida and Maine in attendance. Besides the opportunity to test ride from Bicycle Man's rich and varied stock of bicycles bent (over 100) on beautiful back roads, there will also be a much awaited preview of the all-new 2014 Linear Bicycle models which are lighter, tighter and more performance oriented than ever before.
Attendees will also get a chance to see the cutting-edge hand and foot powered bikes that the Bicycle Man people helped to design for the nonprofit AMBUCS organization that supplies such machines to mobility and financially challenged individuals all over America.
In the fun spirit of Bicycle Man, owner/founder, Peter Stull is even is offering a choice of two presentations at their Saturday exposition:
1. Their recumbent Museum: 1978 to 1995 or
2. The humorous history of their shop (1969-2013) which you can also find at this podcast(complete with side-show pictures of their shop and grounds)
The following day, Sunday 9/15, offers a century on a course that dates back to 1895, on the beautiful back roads surrounding Bicycle Man. Called the Alfred Century Tour for Habitat for Humanity, it is a perfect run for tandem and recumbent cyclists, the climbing never exceeds 2 to 3%. And the out and back course lets your pick the distance that suits you best. $20 Alfred Century Registration 2013
Want to make a weekend of it? There is a limited amount of camping available at Bicycle Man. Let Peter know: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Bicycle Man website lists the many nearby lodging purveyors, one can choose from hotels to B&B's to a county campground with RV hookups!
Alfred Sun Sept. 26, 1895:
Alfred Cycling Club's Century
Sixteen Started -- Thirteen of the
Number intended to finish--Ten
Did Finnish the One Hundred Miles
in Good Condition
last Sunday morning at fifteen minutes past five o'clock , sixteen cyclists met at Firemen's hall for the purpose of taking a "century" run to Olean and return, Three of the number intending to go only part of the distance. It was intended to average, as nearly as possible, a ten mile gait.
The schedule, as laid out, called for a stop in Friendship for breakfast at 7:30 o'clock, the crowd arriving there promptly on time. Leaving Friendship at 8:45 the start for Olean, via Cuba and Haskel Flats, was made, with the intention of arriving there at 11, and after a few minutes rest, return to Friendship for dinner; but about four miles this side of Olean, a tire on one of the wheels exploded, causing a delay of over an hour to eight of the party who waited that length of time then went on to Olean, returning and picking up the unlucky rider who, by this time had his wheel in ridable shape, They then proceeded to Cuba for Dinner, with the exception of two who dropped out before reaching that place.
At the time of the mishap five of the riders did not wait, but continued on to Olean, taking dinner there, and returning home by Hinsdale and Wellsville, arriving here about seven o'clock. Five of the party who took dinner in Cuba, after about an hour's stop, started for home via Wellsville, all reaching here inside the 16-hour limit, and would have accomplished it inside of fourteen hours, if the tire that caused the morning had held up as it should.
Taking it all in all, it was a first class run, and the riders of the club may well feel proud of the showing they made. Every one of them made an exceptionally god ride. If there had not been a misunderstanding, every one of the thirteen would have ridden more than a hundred miles; as it was, one covered about 83 miles, two 95 miles and the mileage of the others was from 100 to 108 miles. The pace makers were F. S. Whitford, Dr. C. M. Post, L. D. Bronner, L. K. Burdick, F. G. Place.
We give below the names of those who completed the "century" L. K. Burdick, Prof. W. C. Whitford, L. D. Bronner, F. S. Whitford, Will H. Basset, Dr. George E. Burdick, Clark Stilman, Dana Shaw, Harry Greene and F. S. Place.
There are still local buildings and roads named after the riders on this century!