Rockville’s Park Avenue Motorcycle Club, 1912
Take a step back in time with this glimpse into an almost forgotten era of Montgomery County history in the early 20th century… the motorcycle era.
Motorcycle clubs began forming in the early 1900s as manufacturers stressed the social, sporting, and healthy outdoors potential of the motorcycle. Both Lewis and Edgar Reed, along with brother-in-law Bernard Hanshew, began their riding adventures with a group of friends from the Park Avenue community in Rockville in the early 1900s.
Historically, riding motorized bikes, like horses, began as a gentleman’s sport. In the early days of motorcycling, propriety dictated that a gentleman be presentable when he went out for a spin. Full-length boots derived from horseback riding and a sporty cap with goggles were adapted to the new pursuit of motorcycle riding.
Early motorcyclists were often pictured in riding groups. From its beginnings, motorcycling developed very much as a social activity. Gentlemen of the day often used it to spice up their sunny weekends and impress ladies.
That would be quite the one-day ride in 1914 from Rockville, Maryland to Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia. Those bikes had no suspension to speak of and, judging from the picture on 118, the roads were all dirt and gravel. The young Reed Brothers were both tough and adventurous. Thanks for sharing these great photos.
Hello Edward, Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to leave your comment. So happy you enjoy the pictures!
My Best Regards,