Don’t cultivate a bicycle face!

From brain pickings: “A List of Don’ts for Women on Bicycles Circa 1895 – The following list of 41 don’ts for female cyclists was published in 1895 in the newspaper New York World by an author of unknown gender. Equal parts amusing and appalling, the list is the best (or worst, depending on you look at it) thing since the Victorian map of woman’s heart.”

The same attitudes about women and cycling also provided fodder for a great comic, The Awful Effects of Velocipeding.

4 thoughts on “Don’t cultivate a bicycle face!

  1. That was the line that got me too when I first read that. Hilarious. As a cyclist, I know the exact face the writer means. And I do everything I possibly can to cultivate it as often as possible. :)

  2. This is wonderful! As a philosopher and a cyclist, I really appreciate the list and the comic. “You see me rollin’ up Pops, you step aside….”–my new motto!

  3. Hilarious!

    Apparently it was really tempting, and taboo, to talk about your bloomers. Also, I guess cows were a little more active back then. Being from Wisconsin I know a bit about cows, and I’ve never heard of a cow running from the sight of a woman in her “bicycle costume.” Nor do I see any reason to scream at the sight of a cow. There must have been ravenous wild cows roaming around back then.

    “Don’t faint on the road” is a great one too, as if women were intentionally fainting while biking, not fainting because of corseting.

  4. My favorite is, “Don’t imagine everybody is looking at you” — this, given that about half the list is telling women how they should look. Hmm.

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