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I picked up the latest issue (6) of The Ride Journal yesterday.

If you haven’t had the pleasure yet, I suggest you pick up a copy straight away!

“The idea was to create a journal filled with personal stories. We know that most people who share our obsession with bikes don’t want to be pigeon-holed as roadies, freeriders, track racers, BMXers, XC riders or even commuters. They are just riders. So we wanted to create something for them, and also for us. Something that crosses both cycling and international borders. Bikes have changed people’s lives in so many ways and we wanted to gather a small selection of
these tales”.

It is truly, a great idea and a great magazine. We all have our specific cycling likes and dislikes, but it’s nice to read about people who’s lives have been positively affected by a love of bikes and cycling no matter what or where they ride.

Along with all the usual interesting stories, this latest edition contains a lovely piece about an amazing illustrator/cycling enthusiast called Frank Patterson. 

Watch, listen, enjoy!

“Patterson was born on 12 October 1871 in Portsmouth in the middle of Queen Victoria’s reign. Cycling at the time was developing in to a popular form of transport and subsequently the pursuit of leisure for those with spare time to explore or go touring by bicycle. It was a golden age for cycling. It is believed that this is how Frank Patterson came to cycling and developed his interest for cycling. In 1893 Patterson started producing illustrations for Temple Press who owned the magazine Cycling amongst many other titles some of which he also produced illustrations for). Patterson was soon contracted to produce ten drawings a week and he said that he never missed a deadline which is incredible considering his career spanned over 50 years! It is widely believed that Patterson was a keen cyclist but, by his late 30′s was unable to cycle due to a knee or leg injury. By 1898 Patterson had rented Pear Tree Farm near Billingshurst, West Sussex. The rent was 9d (about £2.25) and in 1902 he and his wife brought the property for £5 (the farm in 2008 was sold for £1.45 million). From then on Patterson worked from Pear Tree Farm producing his well known and loved illustrations for the magazine Cycling”.

The quote above comes from a special feature on the very entertaining and enjoyable Headsetpress. Head over to the site for the rest of this story and lots of other interesting stuff.

I can’t help thinking of my Grandad whenever I see these wonderful drawings, they conjure up images of a way of life that is now, sadly, lost forever!