Ingenuity, Murder, Fraud and Fixies (San Francisco in 1894)

Mission Bicycle tells the story of the short-lived 1894 San Francisco to Fresno bicycle mail route. 210 miles on a fixed gear bike, split into 8 relays, the mail could be delivered in 18 hours for $0.25.

When I read stories like this, I think, were people back then just more badass than today?