Babylon Wants Its Bike Back: Mile-a-Minute-Murphy

Here is a fellow blogger’s account of the famous ride by Charles “Mile a Minute” Murphy, world record holder and third-great grandfather to yours truly.


The town of Babylon, Long Island, is willing to pay top dollar for the return of Mile-a-Minute Murphy’s famous bike.  Though it’s not from Hipster Ikea, it is a fixed gear. The bike belonged to Charles Minthorn Murphy, who became a national celebrity as the first cyclist to ride a mile in less than a minute.  He also claimed to have invented the concept of drafting, which seems not unlike Al Gore claiming to have invented the internet (when everyone knows it was Mark Zuckerburg).

Here’s the bike, for which Babylon is offering $20,000.  The Springfield Museums Association (Massachusetts) owns the bike, but it has been kept in storage for the past 3 years.  Babylon wants it back, and who can blame them?  In 1899, Murphy (who was a seasoned cyclist and had covered a mile in 37 seconds on rollers) boasted that there was not a train in…

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. KTales
    May 30, 2015 @ 20:10:13

    Was he your 2nd G Grandfather, or 3rd. I remember your 2nd G Grandmother, but I don’t recall if he was her husband or father.


  2. Andy-Stacy Taylor
    Aug 04, 2015 @ 23:15:25

    Murphy’s daughter was Gladys Murphy Decker, her daughter was Constance Pearson, her daughter was Pam. So, your great-great-great grandfather.


  3. Robin Schneider
    Sep 23, 2015 @ 18:26:07

    Hey I know about Mile A Minute Murphy – I read a story about him in the third grade! I had no idea you were related!


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