Cabinet Photograph
D. J. Divechia - Photographer
Rawal-Pindi, India

c. 1900

D
ressed in his white tropical uniform, this British soldier appears to have taken up cycling as a pastime and decided to be photographed with his mechanical steed. He does not look to
be a military cyclist in the proper sense. British military cyclists of the late 1800s and early 1900s wore puttees or knee high hoses to protect the lower portion of their trousers from
becoming entangled in the bicycle's chain/sprocket mechanism. Additionally military cyclist's bicycles were outfitted with frame mounted rifle brackets. See the
Cheshire Regiment
military cyclist for comparison. This soldier's foreign service helmet can be seen next to his foot on the ground just behind the bicycle.