Check out a cool article about the history of bicycling in Detroit here. This paragraph is great:
The early wheelmen not given to worship breezed past the churches, racks or no, for the nearest saloon. There they chatted about “the proper gear of a bike, the cushioned saddles, and whether handlebars should have wooden, cork or leather grips, and whether the bars should be over- or underslung, and the advantages of chainless models over those chaindriven, which required clamps on the trousers, and what buildings and shops provided parking for bicycles, and the best routes for country driving, and whether Barney Oldfield could beat Earl Kiser or Ollie Schrein in a bicycle race at the fairgrounds.”
Sounds like a night at the pub some of these days, too! Although, the whole chain argument is pretty much over.