On April 9 the Idaho Statesman ran a story headlined, “Two Young Men of This City Will Ride Their Bike to Buffalo.” Riding to Buffalo, New York would be arduous for today’s bike riders on today’s paved roads. In 1901 there were paved roads, mostly in cities, but the young men were going to be riding on a lot of dirt roads better fit for wagons.
The bicyclists were Roy Pendelton, a barber, and Ira King, who worked at the Idanha Hotel. They got themselves a Tribune Tandem, much like the one pictured, and hoped their trip would reap rewards from the bicycle company. They expected to leave Boise in early June and take 25 days to travel the 2300 miles to Buffalo. Once they crossed the Rocky Mountains, they expected to make 150 to 175 miles a day.
Pendleton had considerable experience as a bicycle racer. Alas, the pair only made it as far as Wyoming before giving up their quest.