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International Cycling History Conference
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The Future from the Past, 13-15 June 2018

Philip Saunders, Chairman. Mobile: 07790 889923‬


Every year a group of independent cycle and history enthusiasts come from all over the world to form the International Cycle History Conference (ICHC). Those who choose to participate, do so under the auspices of no formal organization. They are bound only by the common will to share and be informed by the research, knowledge and ideas of the wider community, from whom and by which they are enriched, empowered and inspired.

The first ICHC was held in Glasgow in 1989, and has been hosted in a different venue every year, Paris, Boston, Stellenbosch, Canberra, Toronto and Tokyo, among others. The City of London is proud to host the 29th conference on 13-15 June this year. Coinciding with the 200th anniversary of the first English patent for an improvement on the world’s first bicycle that had been invented in Germany only one year earlier, it is an auspicious time in the history of cycling in London. The City has always had a deep connection with the cycle business since the time of that first patent, which was issued to Mr. Denis Johnson, who made the two wheeled pedal less bicycles known as Hobby Horses in his workshop at 75 Long Acre, the current address of the Brompton Cycle Shop.

The City of London has not only been the home of many important British cycle manufacturers and vendors since the early 1800’s, but is also a major centre for cycling apparel, hosts the world famous Nocturne bike race, and is a forerunner in the promotion of cycling for the health and welfare of the environment and of those who live and work there. Bold policies to reduce traffic congestion, pollution, and noise have opened cycle ways and closed the major “Bank Junction” to all traffic aside from cycles, buses and emergency vehicles.

To celebrate the City’s leading role in promoting cycling, the theme for this year’s International Cycle History Conference is “The Future from the Past.” The Hobby Horse provides the perfect symbol of how the past comes full circle. Consider the popularity of the “balance bike” today; with no crank or pedals, it is considered to be the best training bike for youngsters. It is in essence a modern Hobby Horse that took 200 years to perfect!

Anyone who wishes to participate is welcome to submit a paper for presentation at the Conference. Proceedings will be published and archived at the British Library, the Library of Congress in the United States, as well as other prestigious Libraries around the world.

For more information or to prepare a paper for presentation at this Conference, go to , or contact Phil Saunders at , or Gary Sanderson at

Above Photo: The Attendees at the 28th ICHC at the TECHNOSEUM in Mannheim. (Photo by Nicola Franz)