From the Vault: Bicycle Bash

One 4" x 4" b/w photograph of a man on a bicycle in Aspen. He is stopped in front of the house at 712 W. Francis, next to the boardwalk.

On May 12, 1897, the Aspen Daily Times reported on a bicycle collision. As the paper noted, “about noon yesterday two bicycles came into violent collision at the corner of Hyman and Mill, resulting in the complete demolition of the front wheel of one of the machines, the rider of which sustained slight injuries in the way of bruised knuckles, from which the skin was rubbed when he fell to the ground. One of the riders, who was in the act of turning the corner, had his attention occupied by a dog, which made a hostile demonstration at the ‘cycle man,’ consequently he did not see the other bicyclist, whose efforts to steer clear of the approaching bike were frustrated by the first-mentioned rider, who, his eye on the dog, in his anxiety to get away from the animal, ‘crossed the bows’ of bike No. 2 of the approach of which he was entirely unaware. Both bikes were going at a very rapid speed.” The photograph above shows an unidentified man with his bicycle in the 1890s in front of a residence on West Francis Street in Aspen.

This photo and more can be found in the Aspen Historical Society archives at

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