on yer bike

New Swiss bicycle 1864Here are a few illustrations of 19th century bicycles and related matters via The Chronicle of 24 October 1864, The South Australian Chronicle of 31 August 1895 and The North Queensland Register of 9 February 1898 respectively.

The safety bicycling skirt demonstrates the lengths (literally) some people went to for the sake of modesty.  Note the description – “completely hiding the motion of the limbs so ungracefully apparent in an ordinary skirt”.  What would they think of today’s modern track cyclists?

Patent safety bicycle skirt

Modern street scene