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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Port Townsend's Victorian Heritage Festival, March 23-25

Victorian Bicycle Demonstration
The idea of attaching pedals to a wheel as a means of personal transportation was developed in the 1860s. During the 1870s through the 1890s bicycles evolved rapidly, becoming a major form of transportation and sport for men and women. This presentation will cover bicycle development during that period. Examples of these bicycles will be available for your examination. We will answer the commonly asked questions: "Why is the wheel so large?" "How do you get on and off?" "Is it safe?" There will be a riding demonstration. We will discuss bicycle lighting and other accessories of the time. You will become an expert on 'Ordinary" and "Safety" bicycles.
Location: Northwest Maritime Center
Time: 10:30-11:30 Sat
Price: General Pass

Highwheel Bicycle Demonstration Race
Why was the front wheel so big? How do you get on that thing? Who rode them and why? See some restored antique bicycles from the 1880s in action, and learn the answer to all of these questions and more. A brief presentation on these bikes in particular will be followed by a short demonstration race around the parade grounds. Afterwards we will have a Q&A session and you will have the opportunity to examine the bicycles more closely.
Location: Fort Worden parade ground, in front of Commanding Officer's Quarters. In case of rain, this event will be held as a presentation only, at 1105 Taylor St. (the Chrisman's house)
Time: 1:00pm
Price: Donation