Dora Rinehart of Denver, Colorado was dubbed “America’s Greatest Cyclienne” for her long distance cycling in the 1890s.
She was known for riding centuries across the Colorado Front Range — one time riding 20 in 20 days — on a heavy fixed gear bike on dirt roads. “I do not like to go on a hard run when my husband is with me,” she once said, “for you know it does take so much starch out of a man to ride the century.”
Dora Rinehart is the subject of this clip from Jim Kellet’s DVD, “Victorian Cycles – Wheels of Change.”
Dora Rinehart from Jim Kellett on Vimeo.
I don't know where you find all this stuff, but I'm glad you keep posting it. Good stuff.
I would like to have known more about Dora rather than a bicycle that was sort of a bit like the one she rode. When was she born, when did she die, where did she ride her 17,000 miles and was it from A to B or just round in circles?
Details don’t seem to be available online on Rinehart’s life. Maybe if you got in touch with Jim Kellet, the video producer?