The Roadster design was established by the early 1890s and was designed to be used for everyday transport. It was once common worldwide and as still used in some parts of Europe, Asia and Africa.

During the past several years, traditionally styled roadster bicycles have regained considerable popularity throughout the Western world, particularly as a lifestyle or fashion statement.

Generally they are suitable for urban environments and they focus more on comfort and practicality instead of speed or efficiency.

They are built for durability above all else and no serious attempt is made to save weight in their design or construction, roadsters weigh upwards of 45-50 pounds (20–23 kg).

The classic gents' roadster has lugged brazed frame joints, a diamond frame, rod actuated brakes, upright handlebars and a single or hub gear. Mudguards are standard and most are fitted with a carrier and a sprung saddle.

The ladies' version of the roadster's design was very much in place by the 1890s alongside the gentlemans counterpart.

It had a step-through frame so that ladies, with their dresses and skirts could easily mount and ride their bicycles. They were also fitted with a skirt guard to prevent skirts and dresses becoming entangled in the rear wheel and spokes.

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