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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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Ladies Cycling Clubs: The Origins and Politics of Victorian Women’s Bicycling Associations

The wheelmen’s club, outfitted in dapper uniforms and racing en masse down a country road, is one of the enduring images of late Victorian masculine associational culture. Cycling clubs may have started out as male reserves, especially during the highwheeler … Continue reading

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The Lady Ariel Side-Saddle Ordinary, 1874

  The Lady Ariel Side-Saddle Ordinary of 1874, shown above, is one of the most eccentric and innovative designs in the history of the bicycle as a gendered object. The Ordinary, commonly known as the highwheeler or penny farthing, was … 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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“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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Mrs Fawcett’s Bicycle License: Cycling stories from the archive

  Cycling history turns up in the strangest places. Millicent Garrett Fawcett’s permit to drive a bicycle in turn of the century Johannesburg, shown above, is one such curiosity from the archives. This small paper license was one of the … Continue reading

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Millicent Garrett Fawcett

Millicent Garrett Fawcett: The Suffragist Cyclist The accomplishments of peaceful suffragists are often overshadowed by the legacy of the militant suffragettes, but those in Mrs Fawcett’s law abiding camp played an equally important role in the struggle for the vote. … Continue reading

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Wheelwomen

Announcing The New Wheelwomen Page Wheelwomen is a micro-project featuring short profiles of women who made cycling history. While many of these individuals appear in the broader body of cycling and women’s history, they deserve attention in their own right. … Continue reading

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Wheelwomen

Wheelwomen: An index of inspiring lady cyclists Wheelwomen is a new page featuring short profiles of women who made cycling history. Many of these individuals appear on the margins of cycling history, but they deserve attention in their own right. … Continue reading

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