The Scorcher Noah talks with Wes Williams, owner of the Crested Butte Bicycle company in Colorado. The bicycles Williams builds are called Scorchers, but neither the Scorcher name nor its design were his idea. Scorcher bicycles were popular in the 1890s when bicycles were the fastest wheeled vehicles on sidewalks and streets. The Scorcher bicycles Williams makes are similar in design to their late nineteenth century predecessors. They have only one gear and since they have no free wheel, they do not coast. Williams thinks this is cycling the way it was meant to be. (STATIONS: The Crested Butte Bicycle Company.
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The Scorcher

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The Scorcher

The Scorcher

The Scorcher

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Noah talks with Wes Williams, owner of the Crested Butte Bicycle company in Colorado. The bicycles Williams builds are called Scorchers, but neither the Scorcher name nor its design were his idea. Scorcher bicycles were popular in the 1890s when bicycles were the fastest wheeled vehicles on sidewalks and streets. The Scorcher bicycles Williams makes are similar in design to their late nineteenth century predecessors. They have only one gear and since they have no free wheel, they do not coast. Williams thinks this is cycling the way it was meant to be. (STATIONS: The Crested Butte Bicycle Company.