the High Wheelers are coming to Manhattan.

This week is the 43rd annual gathering of the Wheelmen, a national organization to preserve the history and heritage of the bicycle. They’ve been rolling around Monmouth University in New Jersey, where the group has gathered. Here is an article in the New Jersey, Star-Ledger:

Monmouth University, nonprofit group The Wheelmen host 100-mile antique bicycle tour in N.J.
Rohan Mascarenhas/The Star-Ledger

MONMOUTH COUNTY — With his sleek plastic helmet and sweat-resistant jersey, Carson Torpey cut the perfect image of a bicyclist ready for a 100-mile ride Wednesday.

The course, a winding tour of Monmouth County and the Jersey Shore, drew him from his home in Louisville, Ky., and even after 30 years of biking, he seemed eager to start, munching quickly on an orange for a last-minute energy boost.

There was just one problem: Torpey’s bicycle. It had no gears. There was no suspension. And, even more oddly, its front wheel was nearly four feet tall, dwarfing a much smaller wheel behind it. It looked more suited for a museum than a jaunt through Allaire State Park.

But to Torpey, it was perfect.

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This Sunday, the highwheelers and vintage bicycles will be touring around Manhattan. According to their schedule, they’ll be coming off the Staten Island Ferry around 10:00am.

Don’t miss it.

Here is a video to give you a taste, from the Star-Ledger.

Antique bicycles roll through the streets of Monmouth County

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