Stunning photos of Victorians riding bikes

7th September 1932: A group of elderly cycling enthusiasts on their Victorian-style penny farthings, training for the 'ordinary' race at Herne Hill track. (Photo by Douglas Miller/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
© Douglas Miller/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

People were trying out all kinds of crazy bike designs back then.

When you imagine Victorian times, you might think of super complicated dresses and haunted houses, not bicycles. But bikes were invented in the mid-19th century and became massively popular. And guess what else was invented around that time? The camera. I stumbled across these photos the other day, and I just had to share.

Those folks in the photo above were "a group of elderly cycling enthusiasts on their Victorian-style penny farthings, training for the 'ordinary' race at Herne Hill track," says Getty, keeper of photos. And there's more where that came from.

circa 1870: Captain W Horton Hutchins of Cardiff Bicycle Club with his penny farthing bicycle, a popular vehicle during the Victorian era. (Photo by Otto Herschan/Getty Images)© Otto Herschan/Getty Images
"circa 1870: Captain W Horton Hutchins of Cardiff Bicycle Club with his penny farthing bicycle, a popular vehicle during the Victorian era."


penny-farthing bicycle© Otto Herschan Collection/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
"Mr. A. W. Burton astride his penny-farthing bicycle, a popular vehicle during the Victorian era."


victorian woman riding bicycle© London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images
"1898: Victorian women's fashion was revolutionalised with the arrival of the safety cycle in 1884. Miss A Hughes in 'A Professor's Love Story'."


victorian cyclists© London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images
"20th April 1891: Victorian trick cyclists performing a balancing act. 'Auckland'."

Stunning photos of Victorians riding bikes
People were trying out all kinds of crazy bike designs back then.

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