Image description: The top photo shows cyclists in one of America’s first organized biking tours. The first rider is Charles E. Pratt, first president of the League of American Wheelmen, a national membership organization for cyclists. The riders are lined up outside Readville, MA, in 1879.
The bottom photo is of a 1886 Columbia Light Roadster high-wheel bicycle originally sold for approximately $135. It was available with seven sizes of front wheel, from 47 to 59 inches, and two sizes of rear wheel, 16 or 18 inches.
Photos from the National Museum of American History