Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Oldest Bicycle Club in the World Devoted to Novelist Charles Dickens

The Pickwick Bicycle Club Established 1870
 As the world is celebrating the 200th anniversary of  Britain`s famous 19th century novelist Charles Dickens who was born on February 7, 1812, it may be interesting for any cyclist to know the history of  the eminent "Pickwick Bicycle Club".
I am quoting from their homepage:           
"The Pickwick Bicycle Club was formed on the 22nd June, 1870, when six cycling enthusiasts met at the Downs Hotel, Hackney Downs, East London, and decided to form themselves into a bicycle club. As the formation coincided with the death of Charles Dickens the name "Pickwick" was chosen in honour of the novelist. From that time onwards the Pickwick Bicycle Club has an unbroken history as an active cycling organisation and in the worthwhile task of spreading fellowship and conviviality.
The Pickwick Bicycle Club is not only the oldest cycling club in the world but it is also the oldest Dickensian Association."  On their web-site they proudly present a click to the famous Pickwick Papers, the first novel published by Charles Dickens, a "must read" for any Brompton rider thinking of founding a club.  Needless to say that I have been  a Charles Dickens fan all my life .

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