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Lady cyclists

"There's nothing better for a spin in the countryside than a well boiled icicle!" (Dr Spooner)
This must date from around 1908. Photographer unknown. The girl top left is my Auntie Betty (or Lizzie) Smith, so presumably the setting is somewhere in Stromness. I have no idea who the others are.
The bikes' brake-levers are rear-pivoted; they must actuate the brake operating rods by a mechanism inside the hollow handlebars as there's no sign of any external mechanism. The saddles look surprisingly modern.
A nice picture, if slightly self-consciously posed.
Picture added on 13 October 2009 at 09:49
Comments:
Great photie. I s'pose they would have had to hold that pose quite a while in those days, before the photographer was ready to ''snap away'', hence the self conscious poses.
Added by Dee on 15 October 2009
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