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Enthusiasts of old bicycles pass through for annual meeting

Tom Jackson • Jul 18, 2012 at 3:00 PM

In 1886, Glen Norcliffe’s bicycle would have seemed perfectly normal in downtown Sandusky. 

On Tuesday, however, the bicycle with a gigantic front wheel was nothing less than a head-turner.

In the 21st century, you see, a 19th century bicycle with a forward wheel that’s 56 inches wide will draw a lot of attention.

Norcliffe, 70, of Kincardine, Ontario, and three other bicyclists mounted their vintage bikes Tuesday afternoon for a ride through Sandusky and Perkins Township.

They planned to spend the night in a hotel in the Milan area, and then continue Wednesday on their 100-mile ride to “The Wheelmen Annual Meet” in Findlay, a gathering of old-time bicycle enthusiasts. The local leg of the journey is actually part of a 350-mile trip that began in Canada.

“Their groups are re-creating how wheelmen (as they were called) back in the late 1800s attended such meets,” said Richard DeLombard, of Huron, captain of the Ohio Wheelmen.

For more on this story, pick up a copy of Wednesday's Register.

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