Riding back the years in castle bike display

Kitty Brennand riding the tricycle 'Vicky'.
Kitty Brennand riding the tricycle 'Vicky'.

Bike fans can see machines ranging from an ancient penny-farthing to a modern electric bike in a new exhibition at Clitheroe Castle Museum.

The ‘Team Bike’ exhibition, planned to coincide with Stage 2 of the 2015 Aviva Tour of Britain, opens next Tuesday (September 1st) and runs until Sunday September 30.

“This exhibition will be fantastic for anyone with an interest in bicycles, and we’ve got so many bicycles that people might not have had the opportunity to see before.” said Rachel Jackson, Lancashire County Council’s museum manager at Clitheroe Castle.

“We’ve had so much support from local cycling businesses and organisations. They have loaned us bikes to include in the exhibition and donated bells and other bicycle parts for the children’s monthly search competition at the museum. A local cycling enthusiast, Richard Dugdale, has also let us put some bikes from his personal collection in the exhibition.”

The bikes on display include an Armstrong Moth from the 1930s, which was owned by a Clitheroe resident Edith Wadell, who passed the bike on to her family, an 1870s penny-farthing and an adult ‘hobby horse’.

Younger visitors might be interested to see ‘Vicky’, believed to be a Victorian or Edwardian child’s tricycle around 100 years old.

The museum is open from 11am to 3.30pm, admission £4.10 for adults, £3.05 concessions, accompanied children free. For information phone 01200 424568 or visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/museums

Stage 2 of the 2015 Aviva Tour of Britain passes through Clitheroe on Monday September 7th.

visitors to the museum will be able to see a range of antique bicycles, supported by information about their history, some with personal stories of how they were enjoyed by their owners.

It is inspired by the Tour of Britain and celebrates cycling through the years, up to the more recent electric bikes.

“There is also a Boisis dating from 1938 and a Penny Farthing that we think is from 1870. An adult hobby horse with no pedals, a type of early velocipede, is also on display, along with a child’s balance bike and a monocycle.

“We’ve got brand new bikes as well, including a luminous folding bike and a Trek Emonda.

“The exhibition should appeal to all ages.”

The exhibition is planned to coincide with when 20 of the world’s top cycling teams, featuring Olympic and world champions and Tour de France stage winners, will race through Ribble Valley and Pendle.

Clitheroe Castle Museum is managed by Lancashire County Council’s museum service, on behalf of Ribble Valley Borough Council.

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