Cycling makes sense in a city on the flat. We even have a bike in the archive, not for riding round the strong rooms like Arthur Waley was once reputed to do at the British Museum, but as a form of green transport for deliveries and errands in the city centre.
Looking through our photo collection, there are images of cyclists and repair shops, reflecting the long heritage of cycling in this area.
This former car garage is now a thriving cycle shop.
Whereas this cycle repair business in Didsbury village is now something completely different!
From the early days of penny farthings:
Here’s a ladies’ ‘sit up and beg’ style bike, with skirt guards on the back wheel.
These publications also contain some great adverts.
Time to check the brakes and tyres and get on your bike!