National Geographic : 1973 May
Bicycles Are Back and Booming! By NOEL GROVE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC STAFF Photographs by MICHAEL PFLEGER WITHOUT LOOKING, I know that the motorist behind me is angry. The rushing murmur of tires sounds too near, and the car engine revs and sub sides with growing impatience as he tries to pass my bicycle on the narrow, curving road. Locked to my speed, about 18 miles an hour, we move to gether through a parkway's leafy tunnel of green toward downtown Washington, D. C., unwilling com panions in a commuting cavalcade. At the first open space he roars past, neck twisted for a final glare, lips moving in epithets I understand but cannot hear. I, too, am often a motorist who knows the frustration Bumper crop of multigeared bikes decorates a car in Oregon. Fascination with these lightweight 10-speed machines has helped launch a cycling mania unmatched in the United States since horse-and-buggy days.