The National Show - 1895

[January 19, 1895] Keating sets up at stand 90 on the main floor of MSG for The National Show, the largest bicycle event of the year. Announced that year are 5 new models, along with a 17lb racing bicycle and the companies first tandem - a 30lb lightweight priced at $130. The year 1895 is historically labeled as the beginning of the bicycle boom in America, and an estimated 1 million new riders found their way atop the noble machine. For Keating, the show would ultimately provide the stage he needed to launch his company into the bicycle trade stratosphere — by years end employing over 200 people and producing nearly 50 bicycles a day.

Nick Keating