Citoyen du monde wrote:
I think that it should be pointed out that at the time of the OP's photo, riding a bike was exclusively a pastime of the wealthy and the relative cost of a bike was well beyond the reach of your average person. By the 20's, the price had dropped considerably and came within the reach of a far larger portion of the population. By the late 30's it had become quite commonplace and the wealthy had almost exclusively left the sport and moved on to automobiles and other pursuits, leving the sport of cycling as a more general pursuit. It is quite funny how it is now once again beginning to attract people as a somewhat exclusive sport, with many wealthy people eschewing sports like golf for the high-end of cycling.
I would like to think, Cdm, that many, certainly the more knowledgeable RetroBikers
would be aware of this most basic aspect of cycling history; I for one do - being the OP.
Typical, and well known early adopters of the bicycle were Edward Elgar the composer (who famously rode a Humber) and George Bernard Shaw (the playwright and author), as well as members of the Royal Family and the upper middle classes in general. These early bicycles were as expensive then as a decent car is today.
My own family were also early adopters of the automobile; having bought the first one before the Great War, and during the 20s and 30s owned such makes as Marmon, Packard and Mercedes - in fact my Grandfather had to hide his black Mercedes away upon the outbreak of WW2, and bought a six light Austin Ascot for his wartime motoring.
The earliest bicycle I have in my own collection is a Centaur Featherweight which dates from around 1906 - see this link for one like it.
http://www.oldbike.eu/museum/1906-centa ... -roadster/
Take the mobile phone as a parallel example, the first I ever had was £2500.00: if they were that price today how many people would own one?
Co-founder of a V-CC section, member South Eastern Road Club and owner of - 2005 Bianchi Reparto Corse (modern), 1985 Raleigh SBDU Pro Super, 1984 Raleigh LU Corsa, 1980 Allin Stan Butler Special, 1978 Ron Cooper, 1975 Bill Philbrook tourer, 2 x very early Roberts (mid/late 1960s), 1966 Raleigh Superbe Roadster, 1964 Allin Stan Butler Special Belgique, 1951 Hobbs of Barbican S/C, 1950 Hobbs of Barbican S/C, 1947 Hetchins Super Special, 1908 Centaur Featherweight. 1988 Specialized Stumpjumper.