Women and Bikes

While the title of this post may be a little misleading at first, it is not a post about hot babes on bikes (obvious by the photos). It's regarding the interesting and sometimes unknown fact of how early bicycles impacted the lives of many woman. In the late 1800's and early 1900's--the time period when bicycles began to resemble those that we ride today--it was not considered "proper" for a women to ride a horse in public or operate a carriage without a man present (can you imagine). But with the advent of the bicycle woman of all walks of life began to find freedom in mobility; a sort of liberation no doubt. It seems unbelievable to me that this is so recent in our history. Anyhow, I was reading the excellent blog, Situp-Cycle and came across the short video below and thought I'd re-post it along with a few photos. The video is a clip from the documentary, Victorian Cycles--Wheels of Change, by film maker Jim Kellett. It's an interesting short clip and I hope you watch it. The video was embedded via YouTube, and the photos were found at Loop-Frame Love.