SAN JOSE'S PIONEERS OF THE BICYCLE - San Jose Mercury-news, Volume LXXIV, Number 77, 17 March 1908
SAN JOSE'S PIONEERS OF THE BICYCLE
Ninth in Series of Sketches, Accompanied by Photographs Found in Garrets and Homes of San Joseans Who Were Devoted Followers of Sport in Early Days of the “Silent Steed."
"DICK" MOODY, who owns a controlling interest in the handsome new plant erected at the corner of Ninth and Santa Clara streets and which is known as the Parisian Dye Works, was one of the most popular cycle riders on California tracks as well as one of the most successful in the heyday of cycling.
Although "Dick" came into this world too late to pedal one of the big "ordinaries" with Al Col, the late Julius Smith, Oscar and George Osen and their comrades and rivals, he adopted the "safety" when it first appeared as his favorite method of locomotion.
His first bicycle weighed 61 pounds, yet by dint of considerable conscientious training he managed to finally acquire speed enough to shove this contraption close to the three-minute mark and win his novice race about 20 years ago.
This was the first victory for "Dick" in a successful racing career. He followed the California circuit for several seasons and won a total of 48 prizes.
Finally his business demanded his entire attention to the utter exclusion of the manly sport and the San Jose wheelmen's club.
Mr. Moody is an architect of considerable ability and designed his own home in the Naglee Park tract as well as the new two-story building at the corner of Ninth and Santa Clara streets, where the Parisian Dye Works is housed.
See also "Dick" Moody before he 'dyed'