Swiftsure muses about cycling Clarion, 15 June 1895:
Whit week turned out to be almost an ideal holiday time, and the number of cyclists who seized the opportunity to tour the country must have had one of the pleasantest outings within memory. I happened to be on the main road into town last Sunday evening, and the number of tourists, bronzed and travel-stained, with their small bundles on the handlebars or the neater bag hung from the frame was simply astounding.
There is no getting away from the fact that the bicycle has widened out the field of pleasure and education, and brings health and strength to its devotees.
And so say all of us, well over a century later.
Next time – ‘A most laughable affair’: more from Swiftsure’s Cycling Notes.
More history on the old website