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'Back pedaling' at Old World Wisconsin

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Dennis Hines | June 3, 2014

TOWN OF EAGLE -- Bicycling has a long, storied tradition in Wisconsin, and Old World Wisconsin is giving people an opportunity to experience the history of that tradition.

The “Catch Wheel Fever” exhibit opens Saturday, June 14, and features replica bicycles and tricycles that were manufactured during the 19th century, including an original Sterling safety bicycle built in 1899, a tandem tricycle that was manufactured about 1880 and a tandem tricycle that was manufactured in England during the late 1800s.

The exhibit, in the works for about a year, is based on the book “Wheel Fever: How Wisconsin Became a Great Bicycling State,” by Janesville native Jesse Gant and co-author Nick Hoffman.

Read the current edition here: http://www.server-jbmultimedia.net/CSI-WalworthCountySunday

Gant, a 1999 Janesville Parker High School graduate, said he's excited to see the book come to life. Both he and Hoffman plan to view the exhibit on its opening day.

“It feels great because we wrote the book hoping it would inspire new thinking about the state's history,” Gant said. “It's a very rewarding feeling to see your own research and writing making a difference in terms of how people think about the past. We're thrilled to see that Old World Wisconsin's audience will have a chance to encounter the past in such a tangible, hands-on way.”

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