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Fancy Cycling

by Isabel Marks

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Fancy Cycling

By 1901, when this book first free-wheeled spectacularly into sight, cycling was well established both as leisure pastime and method of getting about. Yet as a forum for the display of acrobatic prowess its potential had been left largely unmined - a lack that this book swiftly and with some style swooped in to supply. It shows straight-faced paragons of Edwardian society in a variety of impressive and unlikely vehicular arrangements.

Fearlessly, they demonstrate the possibility of picking up a handkerchief without dismounting, of riding backwards while seated on the handlebar, and of 'standing on saddle, hands off!' They even make perfectly clear that, for two able cyclists with the inclination and a length of wooden pole, it was quite possible to bear aloft a clown while mounted.

Staff Reviews

This is cycling life before lycra and would make a perfect stocking filler for a keen cyclist. The book is a collection of photographs of cycling tricks as performed by our Edwardian ancestors with details on how to do it yourself. Marvel not only at skipping on a bicycle or tilting at a ring but undertaking these feats on a bicycle whilst wearing a bustle or a top hat. Clearly it goes without saying in our age of Health and Safety that at The National Archives whilst we commend the book to you as an amusing trifle we must advise that you should not try these tricks at home. Sally Hughes Assistant Retail Manager