Cycling History

Mrs F. M. Cossitt: The First Woman to Ride a Bicycle in New York?

A quick web search for Mrs F. M. Cossitt brings up a number of webpages that carry the above photo together with the caption, “Mrs F. M. Cossitt, first woman to ride a … Continue reading

February 18, 2016 · 1 Comment

The Hidden Dangers of Cycling: Is it Healthy? (Clue: yes it is)

The illustrators who worked on Punch are responsible for many a humorous cartoon that captured the concerns and interests of the day. The growing popularity of cycling in the late nineteenth century … Continue reading

February 6, 2016 · 1 Comment

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 Board Games

It’s January, which for cyclists residing above 45º North means it’s likely to be either raining, cold, foggy, snowing, cold, dark, sleeting, cold, or any combination of these. If you … Continue reading

January 7, 2016 · 4 Comments

Merry Christmas

December 25, 2015 · 3 Comments

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 controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight they owned and ran a bicycle repair, rental and sales … Continue reading

December 10, 2015 · 5 Comments