Discover the life and career of champion bicycle racer and Indianapolis native Marshall “Major” Taylor. In this interactive experience, venture into the training room to learn how Taylor developed his speed and agility through a strict regimen of exercise and diet. Discover the pervasive racism that Taylor battled – from his competitors and in his hometown – and hear from great contemporary cyclists about how Taylor’s story has inspired a new generation of Black riders. See Taylor’s bicycle and many artifacts from the museum collection donated by his daughter Rita Sydney Taylor Brown, plus learn about bicycle safety and design, tinker with bikes and bike parts, test their skills and times on stationary bikes and more.
March 5 through October 23
This experience is located on Level Three and is included with purchase of museum admission.Purchase admission
The remarkable story of champion cyclist and trailblazer Major Taylor inspires us to talk about who rides bicycles, test our athletic skills, tinker with bike design and mechanics, and discover the joy of riding free and going where we like.
Get hands-on with bicycle mechanics in the Bike Shop. Build your own bike then test it on the Test Track. Take a quiz to find out: if you were a bike, what kind would you be? Learn how to change a flat tire. Race Major Taylor’s world-record times as you pedal on a stationary bike.
Major Taylor was an accomplished, world-renowned athlete and a devoted family man. Learn more about his success through photographs and scrapbooks from our collection that detail his racing strategies and his determination to overcome racism on and off the track. Also, read personal letters written to his wife and daughter when he traveled abroad.
Major Taylor has left a lasting impact on the cycling world in many ways. See and hear stories from current pro athletes and hobbyists. Find out about the “Invisible Riders” in our community – the people who rely almost solely on bikes to get where they need to go. Learn how you can become more involved in ongoing efforts to make our city more bike friendly.