The Origins of the Clarion Cycling Club and Cycling in the 1890s

17 November 2017

From Clarion 4 December 1897.
Looks like another great invention that didn’t catch on!

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The Origins of the Clarion Cycling Club and Cycling in the 1890s

3 November 2017

As we have noted in the past, not all Clarion Cycling Clubs of the early days went in for much in the way of political propaganda. Indeed, Blatchford himself discouraged the more, shall we say extravagant, forms. But some did –and here is an example from 8 August 1896 which appeared as the first in a series of “Clarion Club Reports’ that week devoted to “Cycling Clubs.”


The Origins of the Clarion Cycling Club and Cycling in the 1890s

2 October 2017

I wasn’t looking for something that might seem relevant to the recent court case, when I came across this in ‘Cycling Notes’ The Clarion, 15 August 1896 – but it seems only too relevant …


The Origins of the Clarion Cycling Club and Cycling in the 1890s

20 September 2017

I thought we might have a bit more of Blatchford’s – ‘The Dangers of the Wheel’ from The Clarion 4 July 1896. He’s responding the Swiftsure’s optimistic claims. Winnie is his daughter Winifred.


The Origins of the Clarion Cycling Club and Cycling in the 1890s

11 September 2017

I mentioned last week that – inspired by Swiftsure’s comments about the dangers of tandem riding in The Clarion, 4 July 1896. Blatchford himself – as Nunquam – contributed quite a long piece – ‘The Dangers of the Wheel’ in the same issue. This is how it ends. But don’t take it too seriously!


The Origins of the Clarion Cycling Club and Cycling in the 1890s

27 August 2017

This is from The Clarion, 4 July 1896.  Dangle was of course A M Thompson – a co-founder and virtual joint editor of the paper and also a librettist of a number of successful musicals of the Edwardian period, the most famous of which – and biggest hit – was The Arcadians. Blatchford himself –as Nunquam – had a longer piece – ‘The Dangers of the Wheel’ in the same issue responding to Swiftsure’s comments.  The mudguards which moved with the front wheel sounds a whole lot more dangerous to me!

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The Origins of the Clarion Cycling Club and Cycling in the 1890s

7 August 2017

One of the more exotic headings for the ‘Cycle Trifle’ feature from The Clarion 17 September 1898.

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