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Big Crank Cycling Club Photograph Collection

Identifier: P1131

Scope and Contents

The Big Crank Cycling Club Photograph Collection documents the activities of the Big Crank Cycling Club, an LGBTQ-oriented bicycle club in the St. Louis area. Photographs show activities such as races, casual rides, social events, and a possible parade. Individual photographs are not identified.


  • 2006-2020

Conditions Governing Access

No viewing restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. The user assumes full responsibility for conforming to the laws of copyright.

This collection may contain material with privacy concerns. All living people have a right to privacy which ends legally at their death, and federal and state laws and archival ethics protect private, living individuals by giving them a right to be left alone without intrusion into their personal affairs.

Biographical / Historical

Big Crank Cycling was an LGBTQ-oriented bicycle club in the St. Louis area. The group was founded in 2006 by David Ridgeway, Jay Johnson, and Don Griffith. Claire Wyneken, who coordinated this donation, joined the group in 2007 and went on to play a leadership role. Big Crank Cycling disbanded in 2020, in part due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Big Crank Cycling was intended to provide a fun, healthy space for queer folks to enjoy themselves. The group collaborated both with other LGBTQIA+ organizations (such as the St. Louis Frontrunners running club) and mainstream groups (such as Trailnet, a local organization that promotes bicycling). Big Crank Cycling also raised money for charities, and members marched as a group in the annual St. Louis Pride Parade.


0.02 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

No physical or technical restrictions.

Custodial History

Donation originated with members of the club. Unclear where the photos came from, but likely multiple sources.

Donor Information

Collection donated by Big Crank Cycling, 2022.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital copies and item-level records of select images are posted as they are created and can be accessed through the Online Collections on the Missouri Historical Society website (

Digitized images are generated from the original item whenever possible and files are adjusted only to ensure an accurate representation. Master files are saved in TIF format and JPEG viewing files are automatically generated from the master files.

Separated Materials

This donation also included a jersey and signs related to the club. These items went to the Museum Objects Department.


Digital Prints

Processing Information

Processed by Lauren Sallwasser, 2023.

Guide to the Big Crank Cycling Club Photograph Collection.
EAD by Lauren Sallwasser using ArchivesSpace.
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Repository Details

Part of the Missouri Historical Society, Photographs and Prints Department Repository

Library and Research Center
225 South Skinker Boulevard
St. Louis MO 63105