An 1897 bamboo bicycle

Fishing Pole Bike

In the nineteenth century, many Americans took advantage of new bicycle technology to explore the country. The Huseby Cycle Manufacturing Company of Milwaukee produced this bamboo bicycle in 1897. Bamboo was commonly used for fishing poles in the first part of the twentieth century which is why the author refers to the bicycle as made of "fishing poles."

Related Topics: The Progressive Era
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Creator: Milwaukee Sentinel
Pub Data: Milwaukee Sentinel. 24 November 1942.
Citation: "Fishing Pole Bike." Milwaukee Sentinel. (24 November 1942); Online facsimile at:; Visited on: 4/17/2024