I love historical fiction. At first I thought the “us” was a mistake, but shortly I learned that you were writing from the viewpoint of the bicycles. I’m not sure that tandem bicycles were really a new device in 1919, but I’ll let that pass, because the rest of the story is very historically accurate.
By the same token, at the time of the conference, I thought that Wilson was already very ill and that his wife had taken over most of the presidential duties for him. And then, at the end you clearly indicated that it was the Spanish flu that he contracted at the conference that led to his illness and his eventual death.
Wilson was, indeed, a great statesman but great statesmen don’t seem to get very much credit. Especially the American people, after “winning” World Wars I and II, prefer to give honor to warlike people who are very good at threats and punishment. John Keynes was, certainly, a great economist. Leaders would certainly benefit from taking the advice of economists who know what they’re talking about. Unfortunately, leaders worldwide seem to be about feathering their own nests and catering to the rich getting richer instead of listening to economists and giving everyone a piece of the world economy.
People would be well educated is this political election in the United States by reading your story. The lesson teaches is truly extraordinary.