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    British Cycling 1955 video

    A more relaxed time. Our gramps did pretty well without strava!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=QPkT0paGEnQ

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    Thanks for posting. I for one find these older films hugely interesting. The bikes and what was worn 60 years ago is very interesting.

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    BTW if you or anyone else comes across similar films please post them for all to enjoy.

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    I'd like to get hold of the music soundtrack to that video to listen to on my rides.
    Ride more. Fret less.

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    Just a couple minutes in, but I LOOOOOOOOOOVE it! THanks for posting!
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    That is one good thing about current technology, the ability to see some of these obscure old films. Would never have known about or been able to see these in the 70's or 80's, unless you happened to accidently see it on tv, if they were ever shown on tv.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by onbike 1939 View Post
    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!



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    Awesome video with some great quotes:

    -touch of the bonk.

    -no one splits their britches to keep up.

    -they ride for pleasure, not penance.

    -get rid of enemies by making them your friends.

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    Rugby you say? Well let me gather my bicycle, necktie, pipe, and loafers and let's have it then!

    Great film!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dahon.Steve View Post
    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!



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    This really wasn't the case and I was around at that time. The UK had hundreds of cycling clubs, each based on towns and used by both men and women. Many of my friends found their partner at such clubs though few are still cycling today. It was a golden time for cycling as I've said. I still savour the memory as I stood as a youngster at the front door of my home and watched as a mixed group of sun-bronzed cyclists swept into my street and halted to be joined by a female rider. I watched mesmerised as she swung a bronzed leg over the handlebars and onto the saddle before riding off with the group. The same woman is now ninety-four and has been a friend of mine for close on forty years.

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