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Speedy Cyclists: 1913

Speedy Cyclists: 1913

Christchurch, New Zealand, circa 1913. "Jack Suckling (center right with watch chain) and cyclists outside Speedy Cycle Works, Manchester Street. Champion cyclist Phil O'Shea is third from right." Photo by Adam Maclay. View full size.

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Bobby Darin

On the far right?

Old roadies

An interesting mix of moustache bars and drop bars here. No brakes, balloon tires on wood rims and wool shorts.

Geez I'm gonna feel like such a wuss the next time I go riding.


I wonder how the guys with jackets and long pants did racing alongside the guys in shorts?

David Copperfield's Pal

In which Dickens novel was Jack Suckling a character?

Mr. Bean

On the far right?

Great legs!

There are some pretty impressive thigh muscles among that group!

Still there


These guys were riding fixed gear bikes before it was cool... in fact, it was just about their only choice for another decade or two.

Re: Phil O'Shea

Must have been a bit of honor to have Phil O'Shea show up for your picture taking. A very full cycling life.

No Lycra here

An old acquaintance owns a couple of large and successful bike shops in Maryland. On his web site [] he has a quote from his daughter: "Laurel's famous quote as a toddler was "bike rides are where you see more people in Lycra that shouldn't be!"

Given the thighs on some of the guys, no Lycra needed.

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