THE GENTLEMAN: Is decency disappearing from the public sphere?
I REMEMBER the gentleman’s bicycle that my father had. I sat on the bar in front of the sturdy Raleigh bicycle as muscle-power carried me to school during the first few years of my studies.The gentleman’s bicycle was a common sight right up to the 1970s. Why was it called a gentleman’s bicycle? My guess is that it was because the bicycle was a solid machine made for men and because those who rode it, I’d like to believe, were gentlemen.