John S. Johnson

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John S. Johnson.

John S. Johnson (May 11, 1873–1934) was an early American cyclist and speed skater. [1]

He was the first to bicycle 1-mile in less than two minutes, or 1:56.6. This happened in 1892 at a racing track in Independence, Iowa. Johnson was also a world record holder in speed skating, and won world championship titles in both sports. Later in his career, Johnson rode for racing teams sponsored by the bicycle manufacturers E.C. Stearns Bicycle Agency of Syracuse, N.Y., and Schwinn Bicycle Co. of Chicago. He was living in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and was of Swedish ancestry. He retired from competitive cycling in 1900. He died in 1934. [2]

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For more early American bicycle racing history, see the League of American Wheelmen and Major Taylor.


  1. ^ "John S. Johnson of Minneapolis". U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame. Retrieved January 15, 2016. 
  2. ^ Jim Peipert (April 4, 2011). "John Johnson’s wonderful mile". Jim's Bike Blog · Riding a bicycle across America. Retrieved January 15, 2016. 

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