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Bicycle Fashion Files Part Two: Tricycles and Highwheelers, 1870-1880s

The second instalment of the Bicycle Fashion Files examines cycling dress in the age of the tricycle and highwheeler, 1870s-80s. Part two continues on from part one, which covered the cycling fashion of the early 1800s. Dress Constraints and Conventions in the … Continue reading

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Bicycle Fashion Files Part One: The Early Inventions 1790-1860s

Fashion is one of the most popular topics in women’s cycling history, especially the bloomers and rationals of the 1890s and the idea of emancipation associated with them. But, women’s cycling fashion has a much longer and more diverse history than this implies. The Bicycle … Continue reading

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The Bicycle: Freedom Machine on The Forum, BBC World Service

From Monday 12 October, you’ll be able to hear me and three other cycling experts discuss the importance of the bicycle in an episode of The Forum on BBC World Service. Bridget Kendall leads the discussion with social enterprise entrepreneur … Continue reading

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Ladies’ Cycle Races at The Royal Aquarium: A Late Victorian Sporting Spectacle

S.Begg, Lisette takes the lead at The Royal Aquarium, 1896 On November 18th, 1895 novice racer Monica Harwood, a young woman from Buckinghamshire who had only learned to bicycle six months earlier, took her place on the track at The … Continue reading

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A Christmas Cycling Wish, c. 1898

Happy holidays to all of you out there on two wheels! A Christmas Wish May you steer a steady course and everything go well, No obstacles your pathway cross, when you ring the belle! Image source: Christmas Card, c. 1898 … Continue reading

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Over the Alps on a Bicycle by Elizabeth Robins Pennell Available for Kindle

Elizabeth Robins Pennell’s 1898 book Over the Alps on a Bicycle, illustrated by her husband Joseph Pennell, is now available on Kindle. This edition was “re-mastered” so to speak as an e-book by Cathy Ryan for Eltanin Publishing from the original … Continue reading

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“Woman power” bicycle kanga from The British Museum

Powerful women on bicycles are everywhere these days–even in the stairwells of The British Museum! The “Woman power” bicycle kanga shown above hangs in The British Museum’s North Stairs near the Africa galleries. It was printed for the Kali Mata … Continue reading

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Flora Drummond: The Suffragette General

There’s a new addition the Wheelwomen pages, Flora Drummond. Check out her entry by clicking thr link above to find out more about how, as a member of the WSPU organising body, Flora contributed to the WSPU cause in England and Scotland. … Continue reading

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Flora Drummond

Flora Drummond: The Suffragette General Prominent suffragette Flora Drummond (1878-1949), or “The General” as she was known in WSPU circles, played a key role in organising the marches, processions, and parades characteristic of the suffrage campaign. As an extension of … Continue reading

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Suffragettes on Wheels Talk at LBK, April 28th

Suffragettes on Wheels: The Bicycle and the Edwardian Votes for Women campaign, Talk at The London Bike Kitchen, April 28th I’ll be presenting an all cycling, all campaigning suffragettes on wheels bonanza Monday 28 April at the London Bike Kitchen. … Continue reading

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