Freedom is two wheels and an open road. Take a blissful ride through cycling's golden past.
Perhaps it's hard to imagine today, but the motor car wasn't always the unchallenged king of Britain's roads. In the mid 20th century, one fifth of Britain's population cycled. The bicycle making industry boomed, and brands like Raleigh, Hercules, Phillips, Moulton, Humber, Rudge and Witcomb were known the world over. Easy, democratic and affordable, cycling remains a massively popular leisure activity. And for most cyclists, a leisurely summer ride on country roads - with a gentle breeze on your face (but preferably not a strong headwind) - is one of life's great pleasures. The bike still is one of the best ways to see rural Britain, but for anyone riding today's country roads, the virtually car-free world presented in this evocative selection of films will seem like a vision of a lost paradise.
Travelogue195615 mins Location: Rugby
A wonderful short film, produced by British Transport Films, about travelling around Britain by bicycle - with the help of the odd train.
Amateur film194925 minsSilent Location: Ben Nevis
Join four clean-cut intrepid youngsters on an awfully big 1940s adventure as they sing and cycle their way around the youth hostels of scenic Scotland in glorious colour. Tally ho!
Non-Fiction19736 mins Location: Nottingham
Can Nottingham become another Amsterdam? A visit to the city where cyclists and pedestrians are living in harmony.
Drama196528 mins Location: Hartlepool
Ridley Scott's first film features his younger brother, the late Tony Scott, as a schoolboy playing truant for the day to meander around Hartlepool on his bicycle, lost in his own thoughts.
Cinema Adverts for Humber, Raleigh and Rudge BicyclesCinema Adverts for Humber, Raleigh and Rudge Bicycles
A fun selection of vintage animated adverts promoting some of Britain's leading bicycle brands.
Phillips Bicycles - Publicity Films for West AfricaPhillips Bicycles - Publicity Films for West Africa
Industry sponsored film19545 minsSilent
From the West Midlands to West Africa: tour the Phillips bicycle plant in Smethwick and see the products in action overseas.
School programme and Educational film197221 minsSilent
Innovation on two wheels - presenting the latest model of the design classic that reinvented British commuting.
A gentleman cyclist learns the error of his ways in one of the earliest surviving British film advertisements.
Documentary198026 mins Location: Nottingham
Industrial relations and management's 'pound of flesh', on the shop floor of a large engineering firm in Nottingham.
Alan Oakley is the man that gave Britain the iconic Raleigh Chopper bike. This 1980 profile finds him moving from drawing board to boardroom.