Sunday, June 24, 2012

Climbing the mountains in 1898

A friend of mine showed me this picture. I know nothing of it. Handwriting on it says 1898.

The clothing all looks non-athletic-specific except for the plus-fours (which we Americans call knickers). Perhaps the hats are cycling specific. I have a couple like that, recreated in that style, made of light-weight wool.

The tires are not pneumatic. The forks have foot pegs. That's because the bikes are fixed-gear and could not coast. It was quite a feat to climb these mountains. It still is, but it was more so then.

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