A List of "Don'ts" for Women on Bicycles

>> Thursday, April 05, 2012

Brain Pickings recently posted a list of rules for female cyclists from 1895. Have a look-see.

• 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.

Apparently, Chrissie never got the memo regarding that last one.... :)

p.s. What the hell is a "bicycle face?" Is it that strained "I have to poop" look?...

... cause I have a good one of those!


did 10:09 AM, April 05, 2012  



Bike face. Get some.

Kitzzy 5:25 PM, April 05, 2012  

Or this one http://bikeyface.com/2012/04/02/wear-a-bikeyface/

CoachLiz 7:30 PM, April 05, 2012  

Wow, how many of these rules have I broken? Far, far too many!

CoachLiz 7:32 PM, April 05, 2012  

And by the way, what do you think of my tri shorts? :)

Spencer 10:27 PM, April 05, 2012  

Ha! "Don't be a fright"- that should be a rule for everyone, all the time.

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