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Bicycle Face. Threat or Menace?

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Ahlir

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Jul 10 2014 at 7:35pm #

http://www.vox.com/2014/7/8/5880931/the-19th-century-health-scare-that-told-women-to-worry-about-bicycle


RustyRed

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Jul 10 2014 at 9:02pm #

My Bicycle Face is much like Guitar Face


bicycle heaven

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Jul 10 2014 at 10:30pm #

Her face is like the way she sounds,,worst band I ever went to lol,just saying,,


WillB

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Jul 11 2014 at 8:36am #

Anyone else bummed that the main image is cropped? What is going on with that frame?


jonawebb

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Jul 11 2014 at 8:41am #

I think this is the same bike.


rgrasmus

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Jul 11 2014 at 8:41am #


Google image search for related images returned this


jonawebb

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Jul 11 2014 at 8:42am #

Oh, by the way, here’s a list of “don’t” for women cyclists. Still relevant, over 100 years later:

Don’t be a fright.
Don’t faint on the road.
Don’t wear a man’s cap.
Don’t wear tight garters.
Don’t forget your toolbag
Don’t attempt a “century.”
Don’t coast. It is dangerous.
Don’t boast of your long rides.
Don’t criticize people’s “legs.”
Don’t wear loud hued leggings.
Don’t cultivate a “bicycle face.”
Don’t refuse assistance up a hill.
Don’t wear clothes that don’t fit.
Don’t neglect a “light’s out” cry.
Don’t wear jewelry while on a tour.
Don’t race. Leave that to the scorchers.
Don’t wear laced boots. They are tiresome.
Don’t imagine everybody is looking at you.
Don’t go to church in your bicycle costume.
Don’t wear a garden party hat with bloomers.
Don’t contest the right of way with cable cars.
Don’t chew gum. Exercise your jaws in private.
Don’t wear white kid gloves. Silk is the thing.
Don’t ask, “What do you think of my bloomers?”
Don’t use bicycle slang. Leave that to the boys.
Don’t go out after dark without a male escort.
Don’t without a needle, thread and thimble.
Don’t try to have every article of your attire “match.”
Don’t let your golden hair be hanging down your back.
Don’t allow dear little Fido to accompany you
Don’t scratch a match on the seat of your bloomers.
Don’t discuss bloomers with every man you know.
Don’t appear in public until you have learned to ride well.
Don’t overdo things. Let cycling be a recreation, not a labor.
Don’t ignore the laws of the road because you are a woman.
Don’t try to ride in your brother’s clothes “to see how it feels.”
Don’t scream if you meet a cow. If she sees you first, she will run.
Don’t cultivate everything that is up to date because yon ride a wheel.
Don’t emulate your brother’s attitude if he rides parallel with the ground.
Don’t undertake a long ride if you are not confident of performing it easily.
Don’t appear to be up on “records” and “record smashing.” That is sporty.


WillB

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Jul 11 2014 at 9:50am #

@jonawebb – good find on that picture. I still can’t tell how the top tubes (?) attach to the rest of the frame, though. Weird geometry. Also, I’m glad that brakes have advanced past “thing that presses down on top of the tire”.


StuInMcCandless

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Jul 11 2014 at 11:00am #

Just goes to show that 100+ years ago, misinformed men were trying to control how women ran their lives, same as today.


jonawebb

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Jul 11 2014 at 11:11am #

@stu Yeah, BTW, after I posted that, I thought, that could have been offensive. If so, sorry. I didn’t mean it that way.


Ahlir

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Jul 11 2014 at 12:40pm #

It’s not offensive. And other than some of the dated language, I’d say that most of the advice is still relevant (and equally applicable to men). How can you argue with:

Don’t forget your toolbag.
Don’t contest the right of way with cable cars.

and of course:

Don’t scream if you meet a cow. If she sees you first, she will run.


reddan

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Jul 11 2014 at 12:58pm #

I’m unsure what the attitude to be avoided “if he rides parallel with the ground” may be.


jonawebb

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Jul 11 2014 at 1:01pm #

@reddan, obviously some people were experimenting with recumbents even back then, and were to be avoided, just like today.


StuInMcCandless

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Jul 11 2014 at 1:17pm #

I did not take it as an offense, merely as indication that mansplaining hasn’t changed much in >100 years.

And for most of those entries, I can see @stefb taking exception. In fact, many of those she’s beaten to smithereens. As have many other women on this msg board.

The correct response to most of these is one of “Yeah, that makes sense” or “The bloody hell I will!” or “Oh yeah? Just watch.” or “wtf?” (the cows one).


scott

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Jul 11 2014 at 3:17pm #

Here’s my sister-in-law’s article on Bicycle Face including her own http://grist.org/list/bicycle-face-for-the-modern-woman/


Ahlir

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Jul 11 2014 at 5:35pm #

I thought the parallel riding was something along these lines:

In which case I can sort of see why it ended up on the list… Or maybe I’m just a wuss.


joanne

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Jul 13 2014 at 11:59am #

That article makes me want to get a pair of bloomers, just so I can ask what everyone thinks, discuss them with every man I know, and scratch matches on them.


jonawebb

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Jul 13 2014 at 1:40pm #

Also they would be perfect for the underwear ride.


joanne

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Jul 13 2014 at 6:45pm #

Yes, with a garden party hat! But then I would imagine everyone was looking at me.


jonawebb

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Jul 13 2014 at 8:40pm #

Which would be the perfect time to ask them what they thought of your bloomers!


Ahlir

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Jul 13 2014 at 9:00pm #

I hereby commit to furnish you with one of my hard-won NBC beers at the OTB if you can light a match on your bloomers (The old-fashioned kind of match, if you can find one) Note: these have to be standard off-the-rack bloomers. Gluing on sandpaper is not allowed, nor any other preparation intended to provide more than normal friction.
What the heck. It can even be you partner’s bloomers; female/male is optional (well, as long as they agree).


StuInMcCandless

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Jul 13 2014 at 9:14pm #

Unusual undies might garner a bit of attention, but typically not much, beyond the initial novelty of it, and anyway, who cares.


RustyRed

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Jul 13 2014 at 9:24pm #

I found this after Googling ‘bloomers’ (ya know, for Halloween costume research!)
The last paragraph got a wow and I find it as relevant today as it was in 1895:

The woman who dons her knicker­bockers and her gaiters and spins out into the open country, will find her mind opening to the wonders of sky and air, the beauties of the fields and streams; she will learn to take comfort in the world about her, will find her mind soothed and her spirits uplifted; she will forget troubles and anxieties, real or imaginary; she will become mistress of herself, as of her wheel, no longer a victim to hysterics, no longer seeking for unhealthy excitement, a rational, useful being restored to health and sanity.

Originally published in Cosmopolitan Magazine. August 1895.
– See more at: http://www.digitalhistoryproject.com/2012/03/bicycling-for-women-in-1890s-bloomer.html#sthash.ZbDnVPut.dpuf


jonawebb

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Jul 14 2014 at 7:44am #

Wow, in Cosmopolitan magazine, yet. Does the next paragraph explain how riding your bike helps you drive your lover wild in bed?


RustyRed

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Jul 14 2014 at 8:30am #


jonawebb

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Jul 14 2014 at 10:24am #

Thanks, @rr


jonawebb

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Jul 18 2014 at 11:13am #

Bikeyface weighs in: http://bikeyface.com/2014/07/17/bicycle-face/.
Also, Velouria: http://lovelybike.blogspot.com/2014/07/making-faces-when-pedaling-places.html.

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