10 Victorian-Era Bicycle Illustrations That Will Get You in the Mood for Spring

The Northeast is still supposedly in for another dose of awful, horrible cold, but the fact remains that it technically is springtime. So it stands to reason that any day now you’ll be able to sneak beers outside, wear shoes without socks, ditch that massive parka, and in the immortal words of Freddie Mercury, “Get on your bikes and ride!”

These Victorian-era images, found while falling into another wormhole of the British Library’s extensive public archives, will make you want to do nothing more than pull up your knickers, grab your monocle (those are so in right now), and “Tut tut” and “Cheerio” your way down the street on our two-wheeler.

Vintage British bike seats
Image via British Library