Got a bike? You can ride it if you like!

This coming Saturday is Tweed Ride Toronto, a group bicycle ride in Toronto designed to promote and recreate yesteryear’s cycling attitudes.  Originating as the Tweed Run in London, the event has now spread to other cities, where participants are similarly encouraged to wear tweed or any other “smart looking outfit,” and to be creative in finding ways of capturing the spirit of the nineteenth-century cycling spirit.  But what was this spirit?

Beginning tomorrow I will be posting a three-part series, providing a partial insight into Toronto’s experience with the bicycle boom of the late 1800s.