Once described as a ‘penny farthing’, human transport on two wheels dates back to the 19th-century. It wasn’t until the 1900s that bikes took off as transport, with racing, touring and commuting all popular in Europe. Interestingly, in the USA, bikes were associated mostly as a kid’s toy, with most models made for little ones. When the motorcar became more affordable, this association increased.
As years went on, bikes became increasingly bought for a specific purpose. Models for commuting, mountain biking and BMX all attracted their own customers. It wasn’t really until the 21st-century that the UK embraced the health benefits of cycling, and bike riders are seen much more often these days than 20 years ago. Cycling has taken off all over the place, from the busiest of cities to quietest of countryside, the hilliest areas inland to the flat-lying coastline, which is where we come in!