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What is a Scorcher?

What is a Scorcher (of the 1890s)?
The question came up on another blog as to “what is a scorcher?” in reference to an 1896 pledge by a cyclist not to be one. A cyclist who was a scorcher was commonly understood to ride aggressively at high speeds outside of controlled races risking crashes with other riders, pedestrians, and others. The scorcher was also commonly criticized for his (or her) less than upright seat on the bicycle. (This posture, however, was perfectly OK during a race . . . ) Since the bicycles of the day either had no brakes at all or generally poor ones compared to what we are used to today, the potential for mayhem was that much greater.

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3 responses

  1. Re 3 speed stormey archer- I’m in niagara area-welland- can you recommemnd anyone
    in this area who does repair on these bikes.

    May 1, 2017 at 8:49 am

    • Sorry, don’t know anyone out your way. Most local bicycle shops should be able to look at your bike and order any parts.
      I think you’re better off trying to fix it yourself.

      May 1, 2017 at 9:26 am

  2. Ernie

    Very informative

    May 1, 2017 at 9:40 am

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