CYCLING IS THE GREATEST INVENTION OF ALL TIME
1. Why does William Pearson think that the bike is the greatest invention ever?
2. When was Pearson Cycles set up?
3. What did Thomas Pearson get a reputation for?
4. Where did people go when their bikes broke?
5. How do we know that William’s family was not wealthy in those days?
6. Who did they share their living quarters [i]with?
7. What kind of lessons did Harry Pearson give?
8. Where was Harry a few hours before he died?
9. Why were bikes important during WW2?
10. What was Roger Pearson keen on?
11. How old was William when he was offered a new bike?
12. What do William and his brother feel about the family business?
[i] Living quarters: housing available for people to live in
- For family reasons: his family has had a bike shop since 1860.
- For mending people’s bikes.
- to the blacksmith’s.
- There were nine children who were living in two rooms above the shop.
- all kinds of rodents: rats and mice.
- He taught people to ride bikes.
- at the shop counter.
- because of the rarety of fuel. Cars were for V.I.P. gents. Bikes were a form of transport which was hugely important to the war effort.
- cycling / racing.
- 10 or 11.
- They have a great passion for it. / They feel passionate about it.