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Old Time Bicycle Club - Buffalo, NY
 

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Tom Price
Joined: 11 Jan 2004
Posts: 420
Location: Rochester, NY

1/28/18 4:46 PM

Old Time Bicycle Club - Buffalo, NY

I thought I should post something that does not involve Trump!

http://www.forgottenbuffalo.com/privateethnicclubs/eldredgebicycleclub.html

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dan emery
Joined: 11 Jan 2004
Posts: 5913
Location: Maine

1/28/18 5:33 PM

Thanks Tom

I grew up outside Buffalo in Amherst, which is right next to Tonawanda. I don't remember the Eldredge Club, but in '75 I rode for awhile with the great Buffalo Bicycle Club before I left town for school. Buffalo has a great bicycle tradition. A guy a year behind me high school, Jim Huetter, was not in the club as he was a national class rider, but he rode with the club at times. He was on the national team at one point.

The club had two iconic riders - Larry Reade, a steelworker who won about a million national age group time trial championships; and the late Ted Smith, a barber who was nat road champ around 1950 and won a pro race in Europe (he may or may not be the first American to do so). There is a lot about Ted in "Hearts of Lions," the great book by Peter Nye. Under the "amateur" rules at the time, he had to sit out 5 years after returning to the US because he had ridden as a pro. His first race back he was second in the Tour of Somerville, nipped by a friend who followed the same path. He remains the smoothest pedaller I have ever seen.

I didn't know Ted, but he seemed like a fine guy, and Larry was the no.1 guy you would want in a bike club.

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Sparky
Joined: 08 Dec 2003
Posts: 16337
Location: Portland, OR

1/28/18 7:47 PM

Be way cool if they put a wood track up in a circus tent out back...

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