Now that my everlasting cough has subsided I’ve been enjoying biking around Featherston more on odd jobs and trips to the railway station.
In fact, in anyone has a recommendation for a vintage-style bike light that I can fix onto my front wheel strut that would be great since I dare say it will be dark tonight when I get home.
Flicking through a library copy of Good magazine recently I came across these great dos and don’ts for lady cyclists, originally published by New York World newspaper in 1895. They make for pretty funny reading.
- Don’t go to church in your bicycle costume.
- Don’t scream if you meet a cow. If she sees you first she will run.
- Don’t cultivate a ‘bicycle face’.
- Don’t wear clothes that don’t fit.
- Don’t wear laced boots. They are tiresome.
- Don’t imagine everybody is looking at you.
- Don’t ignore the laws of the road because you are a woman.
- Don’t overdo things.
- Let cycling be a recreation, not a labour.
- Don’t contest the right of way with cable cars.
- Don’t wear white kid gloves. Silk is the thing.
- Don’t try to have every article of your attire match.
- Don’t allow dear little Fido to accompany you.
- Don’t appear to be up on ‘records’ and ‘record-smashing’. That is sporty.
- Don’t refuse assistance up a hill.