Friday, April 21, 2017

Friday Video: Cycle Skating—A Roaring Twenties Craze

Friday, April 21, 2017
Loretta reports:

Don’t know about you, but I’d never heard of cycle skating, until somebody somewhere posted this British Pathé video. As often happens, I put on my history sleuthing hat to find out more. To my further surprise, I learned that cycle skating wasn’t exactly new in 1923. When it was new, according to this Scientific American article from March 1870, was half a century earlier.

Cycle-Skating - The New Sport of 1923, British Pathé TV.
(You can watch the same video with music here.)

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Tegan said...

This is cute and interesting! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I wonder what the downside was, and why it died out. It looks like fun, especially off-road.

Regencyresearcher said...

I wonder why the wheels were on the inside of the leg instead of the outside where they wouldn't likely bump each other.
I think cycle skating fell out of favor because regular skating and ice skating became much more popular. Females looked elegant on ice skates.
The cycle wheels would catch in ladies' long skirts.

Scunge said...

There are skates today similar to these but the wheel is on the outside. The Dog Whisperer can often be seen on his .

Unknown said...

Charming! But why no women? Skirts were getting short enough...

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