||02-21-14 11:23 PM
Originally Posted by onbike 1939
Ah, these were the days. 1955 was a great time for cycling as cars were sparse on the roads and it was a golden age for cycling as was the time between the wars. A time of corduroy shorts, open-neck shirts and roll-neck woollen sweaters. Most importantly it was a time when British Rail catered for cyclists with specially constructed bike carriages as a result of the Cycling Touring Club collaborating with BR to make the use of rail transport for cyclists easier. A far cry from today I'm afraid.
Only the young men and women in their eary 20's might still be alive today. In fact, they would be approaching 80 years old by now. However, like most cycling groups, there weren't many girls in the movie. I guess cycling was always a "man" thing to do even 50 years ago.
Looking at the bikes, there were a number of 3 speeds with drop handlebars and single speeds. In fact, I didn't see too many 10 speeds because they were expensive. I'm sure some of those bikes might still be around but I only saw one bike with flat handlebars.
What really impresses me is the fact that British Railways had a car dedicated to bicyles only! Incredible. That was alot of money they spent on behalf of cyclists when you think about it. You can actually rent a train car today for private use on New Jersey Transit but they will only charge you $10,000.00 dollars! LOL!