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Lady Cycling: What to Wear and How to Rideby Miss F. J. Erskine
Synopses & Reviews
The late Victorian era was the early heyday of the bicycle, as the introduction of the safety bicycle brought cycling within reach of a whole new audience—including women. Fortunately for the daring lady cyclist of the 1890s, it wasnt long before guidebooks appeared to tell her just how to set out upon this newfangled adventure.
Lady Cycling presents one such book in all its humor and charm. First published in 1897, its quirky pleasures range from amusing anachronisms (The initial cost of a machine is certainly almost as high as that of a pony”) to advice that can still help beginning cyclists today (If nervous, or it is a bad crossing, like Regent Circus or by the Marble Arch, it is wisest, if not most dignified, to jump off”). We may have settled the question of whether cycling is an appropriate activity for ladies—to say nothing of the question of whether the corset should be shed for biking—but Lady Cycling nonetheless still offers plenty of entertainment and advice for the modern rider.
The initial cost of a machine is certainly almost as high as that of a pony.
Egg beaten up in milk, with a teaspoonful of whisky, is excellent when a rider is at all done up.
Riding in company is a certain safeguard against annoyance from tramps.
This pioneering Victorian guide for the woman cyclist, first published in 1897, instructs its readers on the selection of a bicycle, the rules of the road, appropriate cycling costume, the choice of food to take on journeys, and the organisation of bicycle gymkhanas as well as tackling the controversial question of whether cycling is an appropriate activity for ladies. Its humorous advice evokes the spirit of an age when cycling was a daring activity for the modern woman.
Table of Contents
1. Cycling: Its Health and Social Aspects
2. Cycling Dress for Town and Country
3. About Machines
4. How to Ride and How Not to Ride
5. Riding in Towns
6. Touring at Home and Abroad
8. Bicycle Gymkhanas
9. Care of Machine
10. General Hints
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