The Brighton Road

THE BRIGHTON ROAD As regards the Brighton Road there are many ways to Brighton, the classical record route being by Purley, Horley, Crawley, and Handcross. The Brighton Road was associated with the earliest bicycle performances, when plucky pioneers trundled bone-shakers there in the day. Relay rides were also a feature of the days when cyclists […]

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1910 Cyclist Scouts Training (Boy Scouts)

  1910 CYCLIST SCOUTS TRAINING (BOY SCOUTS) Generally speaking, there is, for reconnaissance work, no scout so useful as the cyclist scout, for while he has the advantage of speed over the dismounted scout, he is also far less easily seen than the mounted one. Swiftly and silently he can ride down lanes almost unseen, […]

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1905 Cycle Scouts: AA (Automobile Association)

  1905 AA CYCLE SCOUTS (AUTOMOBILE ASSOCIATION) It is not generally realized that the AA was founded as a contingent of cyclists. In March 1905 Mr. Walter Gibbons wrote to Autocar magazine proposing the formation of a Motorists’ Association for the Prevention of Police Traps. Two other motorists replied saying that the Brighton road was […]

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1890s Bicycles and Cameras

  The scene in Tehran depicted in one of our illustrations this week was sent to us by Mr. John Foster Fraser, who has ridden there on his bicycle, accompanied by two friends, Mr. S. Edward Lunn and Mr. F.H. Lowe. These three cyclists have ridden right across Europe, through the Crimea, over the Caucasus […]

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Early Tradesman’s Bicycles

For the season of 1912 we offer as usual a complete Columbia line; wherein either man, woman or child may find a bicycle suitable for every purpose of business or recreation. Particular attention is here directed to the ‘Pope Daily Service,’ continued for this season in all its strength of construction and beauty of design, […]

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British Empire: Cycle Industry in the Colonies

Probably the biggest contrast between Great Britain now and Great Britain at the turn of the twentieth century is in our attitude. Our country then was  the dominant world superpower with an empire spanning the globe. In 1914, fighting for King and Country was considered an honour. But these days we’ve become apologists for our […]

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La Belle Epoque: Bicycle Posters

  LA BELLE EPOQUE The poster revolution of the late 19th century transformed the city of Paris, created an obsession with colour lithography among leading artists and shaped the future of printmaking, poster design and advertising. More than a century later we are still captivated by these images. The years between 1871 and 1914 represent […]

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Let’s Have a Ride on your Bicycle

LET’S HAVE A RIDE ON YOUR BICYCLE 1830: EAGLE TAVERN The Eagle Tavern is situated in an appropriate locality in the City-road, not far from a lunatic asylum, and contiguous to a workhouse. From time immemorial the Cockneys have hastened thither to enjoy themselves. Children are taught to say- “Up and down the City-road, In […]

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Railway Bicycles & War Machines

RAILWAY BICYCLES The railway was the first form of transportation to cater to provide mass transportation. At first, in America, it was cheap. But in due course the railroad magnates took advantage of their monopoly, resulting in higher prices and public resentment. It was the first time that the public took notice of corporate greed […]

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Awheel on Land & Water

AWHEEL on LAND & WATER ‘Swash!’ The craft took the water like a miniature liner being launched, the fore parts of the floats rising gallantly above the wavelets made by the wind, the bicycle-boat forging steadily ahead under the impetus given by the tiny screw. …Motorists hurrying along the Portsmouth Road stopped their cars, and […]

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