Boy with a bicycle

Thomas Easton
Production date
Circa 1907
A boy poses with his new-looking bicycle. It is of modern design, with the pedals at the bottom of the frame driving the rear wheel by means of a chain and gearing. There is a front brake operated by a lever and rods but no rear brake. It has a bell fitted to the handlebars and pneumatic tyres.
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Production date
Circa 1907
Subject notes
There were several designs of bicycle in use in the 19th century, including the penny-farthing which had a very large front wheel and could be dangerous to ride. The 'safety bicycle' of modern design replaced the other designs from the 1880s onwards.

There was a boom in cycling in the 1890s and 1900s. The Falkirk area saw at least 40 separate cycling clubs formed between 1873 and 1914. It also provided personal transport for the masses and gave greater personal freedom, especially to women.
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