This photo of English cycle tourists in Norway dates to 1887, three years before the foundation of the Bicycle Association.
This is a website from the Bicycle Association, the national body representing the bicycle industry in the United Kingdom.
The origins of the Bicycle Association date back to 1890 when ‘The Cycle and Motorcycle Trades Association’ was established in Coventry.
In 1910, the company’s name was changed to ‘The Cycle and Motorcycle Manufacturers and Traders Union Ltd’. Membership included all the principal British manufacturers of two and three-wheeled vehicles (bicycles, mopeds, scooters, motorcycles, sidecars and three-wheelers) as well as manufacturers of components, accessories and specialist clothing, and the UK concessionaires for imported products in those fields.
Further name changes occurred in 1920, when the company became ‘The British Cycle and Motor Cycle Manufacturers and Traders Union Ltd’, and again in 1956 when it became ‘The British Cycle and Motor Cycle Industries Association Ltd’. In July 1973, because of the diverging needs of the bicycle and motor cycle industries, the Cycle and Motor Cycle Association was split into two separate, autonomous bodies, the Bicycle Association of Great Britain (BA) and the Motorcycle Industries Association (MCIA).
Today the Bicycle Association boasts over 60 members and is at the centre of the British cycle industry.