I'll tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than any one thing in the world. I rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a bike. It gives her a feeling of self-reliance and independence the moment she takes her seat; and away she goes, the picture of untrammelled womanhood." (Source)
A friend of mine. I wish they were friends of mine! Ah, that dear wife of mine :)
Ah, ladies! At once just like people, yet so thoroughly alien. They appear to me, much as I must appear to a driver, I suppose, and in that sense I feel an affinity with these misunderstood, delicate creatures. Come to think of it, I actually live with a lady, my adorable Primrose, who bore me two sons and who chatters beside me while I'm blogging each evening. I have no idea where I'm going with this, except to say: 1. I see twenty ladies each Saturday racing, where 20 years ago there would be just one; 2. blogs like Dotty's are breeding; 3. surprise surprise, bicycles appear in the oldest pornography (google "pedal porn classic" if curious); 4. bicycle boutiques targeting women are not losing sales to online stores the way bikes shops for men are, and finally;
5. women are the pedaling force behind the cultural ascension of cycling.So long as we remember man invented the dérailleur [1.], we should credit woman with the invention of bicycle transit.
1. For all I know, a woman invented the dérailleur as well.
2. And here's a story by someone who has actually thought about girls riding bikes.