Fancy Cycling, 1901: An Edwardian Guide

Fancy Cycling, 1901: An Edwardian Guide


By (author) Isabel Marks


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  • Publisher: Old House Books
  • Format: Hardback | 116 pages
  • Dimensions: 145mm x 201mm x 15mm | 363g
  • Publication date: 18 June 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 1908402717
  • ISBN 13: 9781908402714
  • Edition: Illustrated
  • Edition statement: Reprint, Illustrated
  • Illustrations note: illustrations (black and white)
  • Sales rank: 132,285

Product description

By 1901, when this book first free-wheeled spectacularly into sight, cycling was well established both as leisure pastime and method of getting about. Yet as a forum for the display of acrobatic prowess its potential had been left largely unmined - a lack that this book swiftly and with some style swooped in to supply. It shows straight-faced paragons of Edwardian society in a variety of impressive and unlikely vehicular arrangements. Fearlessly, they demonstrate the possibility of picking up a handkerchief without dismounting, of riding backwards while seated on the handlebar, and of 'standing on saddle, hands off!' They even make perfectly clear that, for two able cyclists with the inclination and a length of wooden pole, it was quite possible to bear aloft a clown while mounted.

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Isabel Marks

Review quote

"In 1901, "Fancy Cycling", an extraordinary book by Isabel Marks, was published, showing straight-faced paragons of Edwardian society pulling off some pretty daring (and peculiar) stunts. Marvel as these tailored tricksters demonstrate how to pick up a handkerchief without dismounting, ride backwards while seated on the handlebar, and 'tilting at the ring'."--"The Guardian""If you shake your head at what kids are up to nowadays, you should see what your (great) great grandmother was up to! Namely, Unicorn Driving and the Butterfly Dance. There's a whole chapter on Coasting techniques and one with women in full dresses wielding swords. A must have!"--Pacific Northwest Book Lovers Association

Table of contents

I. Our Little Ones II. The Evolution of the Coast III. The Ramifications of the Stationary Balance IV. Heads and Posts, Tilting at the Ring (Sword), Tent-Pegging V. Deeds of Derring-do VI. Combined Pastimes VII. Side-Riding, Double-Riding