August 15, 1896
If every smoothly paved thoroughfare, crowded, especially at night, with men, women and children bestriding a bar suspended between two wheels, were not alone evidence of a furorpopuli, the facts that large establishments exclusively devoted to the supply of bicycles and their numerous appurtenances have sprung into existence in every quarter, that piano stores include among their offerings for sale more varieties of the silent wheel than musical instruments, and that even little narrow “holes in the wall,” where thread and needles or candies and newspapers once modestly bid for buyers, now exhibit their half dozen apparatus, betoken a craze that has possessed the people wilder than the magnetic syrup or any other fad of forty years ago or the silver folie of to-day.
Bicycling—Pro and Con. JAMA. 2014;312(1):99. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.279579