Cape Gazette

High wheels a hit in Rehoboth Beach

Visitors ride antique and replica bikes in Grove Park
By Ron MacArthur | Jun 25, 2014
Photo by: Ron MacArthur Ed Lee of Chesapeake City, Md., not only rides antique bicycles, he also builds replicas. The one he rode June 14 is an original 1887 Columbia. He has ridden a high-wheel bicycle to complete four Bike to the Bay tours.

The Delaware Wheelmen invited people to get up-close and personal with antique bicycles June 14 at the Rehoboth Beach Museum. Just about everyone who attended the event in Grove Park had a chance to try out on of the high wheels.

Toloria Braswell of Fort Washington, Md., never dreamed she would be sitting atop Ed Lee's high wheel when she visited Rehoboth Beach. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Jim Kohler of Hockessin says it took him about two hours to master riding this replica 1865 Victory high wheel. The hardest part is getting on and getting off, he says. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
With Sue Lee keeping a watchful eye, Marissa Washburn of Greenville takes a ride on an antique three-wheel bike. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Dave Gray of Doylestown, Pa., sits on a replica of what is thought to be the first two-wheeled bicycle built in England in 1819. The bike is a coaster bicycle without a chain. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Ray Montsch of Dover, Wheelmen state captain, gets a push from Ed Lee as he rides a Monovelo bike built by Lee. It's a replica of the bikes used in the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Ed Lee has become a master at riding high-wheel bicycles. High wheels surfaced about 1876, and Columbia was the first U.S. company to sell them in 1878. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
The Delaware Wheelmen have several vintage bicycles on display at Grove Park. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
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