‘Catch Wheel Fever’ with 1890s cycling experience

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Photos by Mike Morbeck

Take a trip back in time this weekend with The Wheelmen, a group of more than 100 vintage cycling enthusiasts in Wisconsin who will be giving demonstrations and leading rides on the latest in 19th Century bicycles.

On Saturday, July 19, stop on by Old World Wisconsin from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to join the festivities, and check out the museum’s Catch Wheel Fever cycling experience. Nick Hoffman and Jesse Gant, authors of “Wheel Fever,” featuring the history of bicycling in Wisconsin, will be available to sign books, and author David V. Herlihy will give a talk about “The Lost Cyclist,” featuring the story of Frank Lenz, a 19th-century high-wheel rider who had dreams of riding around the world.

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At the Catch Wheel Fever exhibit you can pedal around on replicated 19th Century tricycles and bicycles, tinker in the reproduction 1890s repair shop and even become a member of the Badger Wheelmen, a Milwaukee cycling club and get your photo taken in period clothing atop a high-wheel.

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Old World Wisconsin is in Eagle, Wisconsin, about 45 minutes southwest of Milwaukee. Learn more and get directions here.

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