Thursday, May 31, 2007
Resurrection of the Reno Ramblers and What's in a Name?
Calling all Cyclists!
I've been asked recently about my choice of Reno Rambler and the title of this blog so I thought it a good time to throw this out there...(besides the obvious-I'm from Reno and I like to Ramble on about whatever)
The Reno Ramblers were one of the earliest bicycle clubs in the area, predating the most known bicycle club (the Wheelmen) by about 5 or 6 years. The earliest mention of the Reno Ramblers that I have come across is from the Daily Nevada State Journal dated Wednesday, June 4th, 1890. You can read the article by clicking on the image. I love that they elected officers and specifically that they had a "bugler" which was pretty standard for these early bicycle clubs which were quasi-military in organization. Many early articles on bicycling in this area mention the campaign to build a track for competitions at the State Fair grounds. (Wouldn't a velodrome in Reno still be a great idea?)
My favorite line in the article is:
"The streets and roads around Reno are excellent for this sport, and any member of the club will be pleased to give any information to intended riders, or those who comtemplate purchasing wheels." Reno still has great roads and trails to offer cyclists and a pretty remarkably diverse group of cyclists.
I've been wondering if it is possible that the Reno Ramblers could be reborn. Is there interest in another club besides the pro pedalers or the wheelmen? It seems like the emphasis could be different. Perhaps a Randonneuring/Brevet club? Or maybe as an urban cycling club focused on the challenges of commuting in this area? Advocacy? Maybe just the social club it once was. Whatever the focus is I'm hoping that we can have a bugler.
So what say you, fair reader? Anybody interested in a new bike club in town? Throw me your 2 cents.... I'm willing to get the ball rolling but I'm curious if there is interest out there?