LOOK: This is What the Fruita Bicycle Club Looked Like in 1898
This is what the Fruita bicycle club looked like in 1898. Look at Fruita's Social Wheel Club and how dapper the club looked with their ties and bowties.
This is a major Western Colorado throwback. Look at this picture of the Fruita bicycle club, which was called the Social Wheel Club in 1898. It was called the wheel club instead of the bike club because bicycles were referred to as wheels back then and sometimes are still referred to that as that now. (Hey, nice wheels.)
According to the Historical Photos of Fruita & Western Colorado's Facebook, the club was formed in 1897. The club was made up of young men from Fruita and the club participated in a whole bunch of races.
Fruita's Social Wheel Club competed in regional races like the annual Colorado Midland Bicycle Road Race and won, with a recording breaking time.
John Beard won the race, which was 23 miles long, and beat the record and won in one hour 16 minutes and 23 seconds, according to the Historical Photos of Fruita & Western Colorado's Facebook.
It's so cool to get a look at and learn about Western Colorado's history. Just look at how dapper the club members look with their ties, bowties, and vests.
According to the Historical Photos of Fruita & Western Colorado's Facebook, the date on the picture was determined because of the type of brakes on the bikes -- the coaster brake, invented in 1898.