Folding Bikes Were Not Born Yesterday

In the middle of the last century the writer Ignacio Agustí echoes the emergence of a new folding bike in Liverpool was made, that “fits in the trunk of the car.”
The article appeared on November 9, 1963 in the magazine Triunfo, and we found in the archives of Digital, Triunfo who have kindly allowed us toreproduce. If someone wants to play elsewhere, you should ask prior permission.
The author anticipates in 1963 around the bike to cities: folding bike, intermodality your choice for health reasons and its adoption by more affluent people. And also lets us glimpse the recent past that urban cycling seems more common, less own brave and valiant, today.


Ignacio Agusti, magazine Triunfo, November 9, 1963

To overcome the crippling problem of parking in cities, Liverpool factory has put on the market a bike that fits, properly folded certain mechanisms, in the trunk of the car. Motorists have simply unfold it and get going on their backs once they reach the city center. If the system gives results transshipment will not be unusual to see the most worshipful men Banking navigating the streets on two wheels. And it shows a photograph look like one of those gentlemen on two wheels, arrogant under his impeccable bowler City, while giving the pedal with energy. The cars would be the vehicle outside, useless and cumbersome in the center city.
Would beginnings. At first the bicycle was a high pompadour mechanism .Before the advent of the automobile, and the principle of the appearance of the velocipede, the cyclist exercise was presented as a look – alike of riding. The first bikes were horses without helmets, without bridle loins; were mechanical horses. The highest circle of the front wheel and back wheel disproportionate served mobile pedestal to the “dandies” of the town. That was a picture of progress by which economically strong could devote their leisure time to replenish their lungs with the weather and slurp the delights of urban aura. The velocipédicos clubs entered the time to derail the anachronistic riding centers. There might be a high school cycling nourished by the finest aristocratic nuclei. We tell the chronicles that in Madrid, specifically, there was a club of this kind, where the cream of youth gathered at the time of the Regency. Later frequented the brand entity King Alfonso XIII and the seat of the velocipede was thus exalted to the status of royal throne. In some novels of the time, and from then on holidays seminars time, revealing jokes sets and high cycling race in its infancy occur. Later, people from the upper echelons discovered the car and then change again once the refinement of the stables and thoroughbreds. At thetime the bicycle equaling two wheels became popular and democratic, it was as if suddenly flush put the average citizen; the difficult climb to his seat longer the privilege of the worshipful. The saddle lowered level and thus could be mounted with only a pirouette, by ordinary mortals.
He ‘s been years cycling as proletarian usual instrument. The main virtue of the cyclist is now anonymity. But for the same reason that modest artifact, which began as privileged minority and then settled his modest fortune, demonstrating its validity and timely utility in the dramatic and serious moments. Flipping through magazines war we can realize the tremendous support that lent the bike. In exoduses who had a hand cycle he had a priceless treasure. The streets of Paris during the occupation give us a reliable sample under the instrument. The bikes came again to the fore as flying in difficult climates and generous charitable mission angels. The tremendous prosperity of these years the further diluted in a stream of cars and cyclist is a poor victim of the avalanche. We find that the cyclist exerts a kind of “auto-stop” pedal scale. Someone said, not without reason, that the bicycle is a “machine to go on foot.”
But the bicycle was a symbol of his time in the years immediately following the war thanks to that film that opened neorealism, “Bicycle Thief”. There it became clear the commoner and Community nature of this humble instrument of our mechanized civilization. In “The Bicycle Thief” suburbs of large industrial cities of social Italy they discovered us the famous face of the bicycle as an outpost of the anonymous pedestrian hidden mass. Also in “Death of a Cyclist” the root of the drama lies in the terrible incongruity anonymous cyclist, in affiliation without defense against a voracious, sensual and indifferent world. The most defenseless human being is a cyclist.
The new idea factory Liverpool can devalue that symbol, while it can elevate back to the bike on the social ladder. Just recently we have heard some first – hand information on the subject. Some bold figure of industry and business, well known and very prominent in social and economic life of a Spanish city person, is both individually and unapologetic man. Already entered in some years, the doctor advised that he should exercise to remove fat and mitigate circulatory deficiencies. Probably for that ultimately our character decided the best exercise to eliminate circulatory deficiencies was moving to his office by bicycle. Followed by his luxury car and chauffeur, our man now runs daily bike ride to the address of your great company. To the astonishment of his employees he got off the early days of his bike without explanation to anyone. But he is extremely satisfied. When he asked if the circular complex feels that way he laughs. “Complex? If you go biking nobody looks at you. In my case, all known to encounter greet my driver. Me, or are fixed … ”
This will continue to happen, at least until the procedure factory Liverpool motive that people learn to identify new apocryphal but those humans who ride bicycles.