Bicycle Diaries: Frank Patterson

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Frank Patterson

and why I ride British

Perhaps the first bike artist, Frank Patterson was born in Portsmouth, England, on 12 October 1871. It was middle of the reign of Queen Victoria and biking was developing as a popular means of transport. Bikes opened up countryside travel to everyone; including Patterson, for whom bike art became a life long passion.

In a career spanning over 59 years, Frank Pat Patterson illustrated for Cycling magazine, C.T.C. Gazette, and many other publications, producing many thousands of drawings chronicling the golden age of the bicycle. He rolled his last on 17 July 1952.

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