Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Did an Elyria native save our butts 119 years ago?

Today's Plain Dealer ran this story about Arthur L. Garford, an Elyria native they credit with "saving cyclists' butts" by inventing the padded bicycle seat 119 years ago.

Besides being a savvy businessman who manufactured over 1 million of the bike seats he designed, Garford was a cyclist who raced and used bikes to get around. He later sold his bike seat company and opened an automobile company (Studebaker-Garford), which he also later sold. Garford's former mansion is now the home of the Lorain Historical Society, which you can pedal by on your way to the North Coast Inland Trail in Elyria.

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