"He had on his new brown cycling suit -- a handsome Norfolk jacket thing for 30s -- and his legs....were more than consoled by thick chequered stockings thin in the foot, thick in the leg." - H.G. Wells, The Wheels of Chance, 1896
"The costume adopted by the Cyclists' Touring Club (organised in 1878 as the "Bicycle Touring Club") is upon the "all woollen" lines and may be recommended as at once neat, sanitary and durable. A special West-of-England tweed has been adopted for the outer garments, the pattern being a small grey check. Flannel, in two different thicknesses and all wool... is made of the same pattern, so that if the reider wears a shirt of this material the absnece of a wasitcoat is not noticeable, a material gain in very warm weather... The ocat may be either a "Lounge" jacket or a "Norfolk" : vest present or not; and the nether garments, breeches, trousers, or knickerbockers..."
"The beautifully coloured litho Plate we are giving with this issue illustrates one of the most popular types of jackets worn at this season of the year, viz., the Norfolk jacket. There is scarecely a sport in which it is not used, whilst for golfing, cycling, pedestrian and fishing exercises it is considred by many to be the ideal garment. Our illustration shows it in its simplest form, viz., with one pleat up each forepart and down each side of the back. Large patch pockets are added to each side, and the general get up of the garment is loose and easy fitting. ... It usually forms part of a knicker suit, the cap being of the same maerial, and the hose made of similar colour to the suit."
-- The Tailor & Cutter, 1896
"The fashionable Cycling Costune just now for gentlemen is evidently the Lounge and knickes, the vest being optional. The old style of tight fitting breeches is quite a thing of the past..."
-The Tailor & Cutter, January 1897