Norwegian mountain bicyclists 1889

The Swedish photographer Axel Lindahl (1841-1906) travelled Norway in the 1880s. He documented these guys in Nærøydalen, western Norway - on their way into the deep fjords and steep valleys of the Sogn area. Photo dated to year 1889. Gotta love their style and attitude!

 

Note the foot pegs on the front fork legs, probably made for keeping the feet out of the way while downhilling with a fixed gear hub and the consequently ever spinning cranks.

 

For more on the type of bicycles used, check out this article on Wikipedia:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Safety_bicycle

(The picture second from top in the right margin shows a bike similar to the one we see here)

 

This photo is taken near Stalheim Hotel, at the top section of one of northern Europe's steepest roads.

Some streches has a gradient of about 20 percent! More about the location here:

www.fjordtours.com/en/destinations/attractions/the-stalhe...

 

A bird's eye view on the road can be seen here:

mw2.google.com/mw-panoramio/photos/medium/22897607.jpg

 

The photo is archived at Norwegian Folk Museum, Oslo. Published here with permission.

www.norskfolkemuseum.no/en/Collections/The-Image-Library-/

4,494 views
65 faves
4 comments
Taken on November 20, 2010