Lady Cycling : What to Wear and How to Ride
‘Wool above, wool below, wool all over: such is the hygienic rule for cycling… Some wise people say that corsets should be discarded for cycling. This is not correct… It is essential in cycling to have well-cut knickerbockers in lieu of skirts.’
‘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.