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The goal of this site is to display all the pictures we have of the Modesto Roadmen that are worth looking at, and this has been largely accomplished. If new photographs turn up, we will add them, but we do not currently know of any sources for such photographs.

Only pictures that feature the Modesto Roadmen are included here. David Steffen has many more cycling pictures, but the the only Modesto Roadman they feature is him. He has his own blog where he shares some of those pictures, named The Zombie Cyclist. One set of pictures that might have been posted here but were not, are collected in a post on the that blog; David's bicycle tour with the American Youth Hostels during the summer of 1967.

The interesting thing about this website is not how beautiful or complete or well organized or well preserved these pictures are, but that these pictures exist at all. The members of the Modesto Roadmen were teenagers, not particularly interested in photography much less photographic preservation, and the photos you see here sat neglected and ignored for well over 40 years before the boxes of unlabelled, mixed-up, incomplete, scratched, and faded pictures once again had attention paid to them.

The dates of the events these pictures document is not always clear. In some cases, it is not even clear what event was photographed. Some pictures have the date of processing on them, others do not. Where the date of the event is known from other means, that is the date we use. Where that date is not known, the date the pictures were processed is used; the event could have occurred any time earlier than that.

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