Boy with a bicycle
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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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.