Victorian Cyclist, circa 1890.
A print from a glass negative from about 1890.
When we started to print these amazing Victorian photographs we began researching their origin.
We believe the family of Cheltenham coal merchant Thomas Voile might have made the original glass negatives but have yet to prove anything!
There are features on the bike which help to date it - solid tyres, radial spokes, only a front brake which presses the mudguard onto the tyre and the frame with a single bar. It is probably fixed gear as there are footrests on the front forks. The chap seems dressed for serious cycling and the cap may suggest membership of a club.
The bike was probably made Singer of Coventry. For some years in the late 1880s and early 1890s, Singer was the UK’s largest cycle company, with a comprehensive range of bicycles and tricycles.
If you want to view a very interesting old bike website try - onlinebicyclemuseum.co.uk/