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 mins 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!
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.
Industry sponsored film19545 mins
From the West Midlands to West Africa: tour the Phillips bicycle plant in Smethwick and see the products in action overseas.