One hundred years ago to the day, Cycling magazine – the forerunner of Cycling Weekly – was dedicated to bringing its readers news of the latest bicycle technology from the 1913 cycle show in Olympia, London.
Pages of the magazine were given to intricate line drawings and a few photographs of the latest bikes, cycling products and accessories. Much may have happened in the intervening century, but surprisingly little has changed in the general design of bicycles.
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Hub gears, handlebar operated gear levers, cable caliper rim brakes, drop handlebars and non-slip clincher tyres were all shown off as the latest technology – along with suspension forks.
Only the inclusion of oil lamps and a tyre-operated bell really dates the contents of the magazine.