Cycling History

Cycling Shorts: Descending the Eiffel Tower

Pierre Labric’s descent by bicycle from the first level of the Eiffel Tower took place in 1923. Despite statements to the contrary Monsieur Labric is not the same Pierre Labric … Continue reading

January 23, 2016 · 1 Comment

Cycling Shorts: Richter’s Raketenrad

Sometimes pedal power just isn’t enough, which has led to various attempts at adding extra oomph to the relatively low, if efficient, power output achieved with human muscle and chains … Continue reading

December 17, 2015 · 1 Comment

Transferable Technology: From the Bicycle to the Aeroplane and the Car

Before Orville and Wilbur Wright gained fame as the first people to make a┬ácontrolled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight they owned and ran a bicycle repair, rental and sales … Continue reading

December 10, 2015 · 4 Comments

Cycling Shorts: The Peace Race, 1974

This photograph of the East German cycling team was taken on the Karl Marx Allee, East Berlin’s monumental socialist boulevard, during the 1974 edition of the Peace Race. It captures … Continue reading

December 3, 2015 · 1 Comment

Cycling Shorts: Cycle Speedway, London 1957

This photo was taken in 1957 at the Whipps X Comets cycle speedway track at Eaton Manor, Hackney. It captures a moment during a race between the home team and … Continue reading

May 2, 2015 · 1 Comment

Cycling Shorts: Two Boys on Bicycles, 1970’s

I’m not sure exactly when in the 1970’s, or even where this photograph was taken, but the row of terraced houses makes me think this is probably somewhere in the … Continue reading

April 18, 2015 · Leave a comment