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Silicon Valley Bikes: Passion, Innovation & Politics Since 1880

Garden City Wheelmen, 1919

Garden City Wheelmen, photographed in San José at the October 1919 relay against the Sanson Wheelmen of Stockton (History San José Collection)

For almost 150 years Santa Clara Valley residents have formed cycling clubs to socialize and to race; they have improved bicycles, modified them to suit their needs and styles, and have used bicycles to help the needy and to build community.

Known as the birthplace of innovation for personal computers, networking and the internet, this region is also the birthplace of bicycling innovation. Bicycles, helmets and accessories with the Avocet, Blackburn, Bontrager, Giro, Klein, Ritchey and Specialized brands were founded by Santa Clara Valley cyclists.

Silicon Valley Bikes! Passion, Innovation & Politics Since 1880 features images and artifacts from History San José’s collection, and objects from private individuals and organizations. From the 1842 Lefebvre velocipede, the world’s oldest human-powered vehicle, to the latest fixie, Silicon Valley Bikes! Passion, Innovation & Politics showcases the Silicon Valley’s rich bicycling culture and history.

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The following sponsors have helped to make this exhibit possible:

Garden City Construction
Wheel Away Cycle Center
Bicycle Express
San Jose Bicycle Club
Los Gatos Bicycle Racing Club Inc.
Ampersand Ellipsis Jones LLC
Hellyer Velodrome

About Clyde Arbuckle

Clyde Arbuckle was instrumental in preserving San José’s history by collecting historic materials, and founding the San José Historical Museum, which later became History San José. Find out more about Arbuckle’s contributions to local history and his legacy at History San José.

About the Pacific Hotel

The Pacific Hotel was originally located at 74-80 South Market Street in downtown San José, near the Plaza de César Chavez. The first hotel at this location was founded in 1860, but the Pacific Hotel itself was not opened until 1880. Charles Schiele, a Prussian immigrant and former waiter, purchased the property, then known as Otter’s Hotel, and was the first owner of the Pacific Hotel. Schiele remained in charge for seven years, until he sold the hotel to Julius Neifing and Jacob Schlenker and was elected to the San José City Council. Schlenker owned the hotel with different business partners until 1903, when he sold it to George Pfeffer. The Pacific Hotel remained in business until July 1907, when the Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company bought the building. Read more.

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