In the 1890s, the bicycle craze swept the nation. There were some 9,000 bicycles in Elmira alone in 1898. With a population of around 35,000, that was roughly one bicycle for every four people. Bicycles were relatively inexpensive, easy to operate, and a lot of fun to ride. It’s no wonder that they became so widely popular. The Kanaweola Bicycle Club was formed as a social club for bicycling enthusiasts in Elmira.
|Kanaweola Bicycle Club at the Elmira Reformatory, July 4, 1895|
|Kanaweola Club on an outing to Painted Post, June 6, 1897|
While I’m not sure if the club ever accepted women as official
members, they participated in club activities.
views of the Kanaweola Clubhouse, 1901|
Clockwise from top left: parlor looking toward reading room;
parlor looking toward billiard room; gymnasium; billiard room
|Kanaweola Bicycle Club “tramp” smoker, c. 1895|
|Star-Gazette headline, March 11, 1908|