• Short Summary

    Various cycling shots - girls on a strange tandem, a cycling race at Herne Hill, a racing tricycle etc.

  • Description

    Bicycles of various types are featured.

    Introductory intertitle reads: "In Grandma's time the roads were a paradise for cyclists - no flashing motors swept them into the hedge - (Though they sometimes found it unaided!)"

    Moving shot of two women riding a bike. It is a strange bicycle - it has two saddles and two sets of pedals but isn't a tandem as the girls sit side by side. They are gossiping as they ride along. Suddenly for no apparent reason they crash into a hedge. Several men in old fashioned garb rush to help them. (This may be an old film reused but looks to me like it is contemporary with the rest of the item and just made to look older through the costumes and style of movement).

    "But, even the coming of the car has not driven the thrill of fast pedalling out of our systems... (Filmed at Herne Hill.)" C/U of the pages of an old book. It is "The Golden Book of Cycling" and may have been written by Frank William Southall.

    M/S of the start of a cycling race. It is a men's cycling race - various shots of the cyclists speeding around a track. The sound of the crowd can be heard on the soundtrack. They encourage the cyclists.

    "The tense strain of contest - " More shots of the cyclists pedalling away. "And here's a change, thrills on three-wheels!" Cyclist is seen on a strange tricycle contraption. He speeds around the racetrack.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe sound pictorials
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:19:18:00 / 01:21:42:00
    PSP 747

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