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The Icyclists

The Milwaukee Recreation Department shared this photograph of some enterprising young men who figured out how to ride their bikes on ice -just replace to front wheel with a skate blade. What could possibly go wrong? The photo is uncaptioned, but appears to be from the 1930s. And here’s a snippet of film:

(YouTube link)

We don’t know for sure, but we imagine a good time was had by all ...but only until someone loses an eye! -Thanks, Brian Hoffer!


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If I recall, we had experienced quite a stretch of sub-zero temperatures and the river was frozen solid already. The freezing rain put a smooth layer on it. Then again when you're that age, you never think of anything going wrong.
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The skating on the frozen river reminds me of the time there was a freezing rain when I was at the U of Maine. The Stillwater River had a layer of glass smooth ice on it. We put on our skates and skated down to Orono to Pat's pizza for some pizza and beer. Fun times.
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