"The Art of Bicycle Riding" by Fred St. Onge - Corbin, Vitalic, Indian tie in

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Gary Mc

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
"The Art of Bicycle Riding" by Fred St. Onge
Corbin Coaster Brakes & Indian Bicycles tie in

Copyright 1920, American Hdwe. Corp., New Britain, Conn.

Fred St. Onge was famous on vaudeville for his bicycle trick and stunt riding on stage known at the time as a "wheel act". He was also an early bicycle racer, ran one of the largest bicycle riding schools in the USA, and traveled the world with his wheel act. From 1925 until the time of his death, St. Onge lectured in schools on traffic safety, interesting considering he promoted trick and stunt riding. Around the time this booklet was published in 1920 he was also a pitchman and spokesman for several companies including Indian Bicycles, Corbin Coaster Brakes, and Vitalic tires. I also found an article where he was promoting Columbia Bicycles as well in 1917.

Mr. St. Onge was born in 1874 and passed away May 20, 1939. He is buried at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood. California (Los Angeles County).

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Gary Mc

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
"The Art of Bicycle Riding" by Fred St. Onge (continued)

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Iverider

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
STANDING ON SPOKES!!!!!!! TING SNAP BANG POW!!!

Thanks for posting this Gary, very entertaining lit!
 

OldRider

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
I want to try that trick of peddling your bike while you're holding onto the handlebars and hanging over the front wheel ;) I honestly can't see that working, you would flip the bike right over I think.
Very neat stuff Gary, I always enjoy your books and brochures.
 
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