The Rules Of Cycling From A 1970’s Bicycle Owner’s Manual

Back in the days when people rode bikes in bell-bottoms, the Japanese bicycle company Miyata included these helpful owner’s manuals when you purchased one of their bikes.

A while back, I bought a 3-speed Miyata bicycle manufactured in the 70’s (still in its original box) from a guy in Chicago who had a warehouse full of them. Along with the vintage ride came an orange owner’s manual full of useful tips, including a page on “Bicycle Safety Riding”.

Some of the safety tips are gems. Did you know that a red light on the back of your bike used to be referred to as the “danger signal”. And an activity referred to as “stunt” riding, is never appropriate. Here’s the full list:

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