"New Orleans jumped onto the bandwagon, forming the New
Orleans Bicycle Club (NOBC) in 1880. The NOBC’s evolution mirrored the changing
times. Born first as a ‘gentleman’s club,’ they initially described themselves
as “men of affairs of relatively high standing.” The less affluent were kept
from membership by default, as they wouldn’t be likely to afford the expensive
... Issues of race arose because the Northern cycling
groups accepted applicants regardless of color, while the NOBC wasn’t ready to
do that. "