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FDP Forum / Moe's Tavern (_8^(I) / Does Your Woman Have " Bicycle Face?"

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Southern Calif

Feb 6th, 2018 06:30 AM   Edit   Profile  

In 1895 the bicycle was seen as an instrument of feminism ... women were to be dissuaded from bike riding at all costs. Thus .....

"Over-exertion, the upright position on the wheel, and the unconscious effort to maintain one's balance tend to produce a wearied and exhausted 'bicycle face,'" noted the Literary Digest in 1895. It went on to describe the condition: "usually flushed, but sometimes pale, often with lips more or less drawn, and the beginning of dark shadows under the eyes, and always with an expression of weariness." Elsewhere, others said the condition was "characterized by a hard, clenched jaw and bulging eyes."

Some of the advice given women riders at the time:

Don’t race. Leave that to the scorchers.

Don’t go to church in your bicycle costume.

Don’t chew gum. Exercise your jaws in private.

Don’t ask, “What do you think of my bloomers?”

Don’t scream if you meet a cow. If she sees you first, she will run.


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North Gnarlyington

Feb 6th, 2018 07:14 AM   Edit   Profile  

Then it was probably useful to have something to soothe

the..... .... face

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Southern Calif

Feb 6th, 2018 08:09 AM   Edit   Profile  

Hmmmm.... that device looks like it might just cause more of


"the condition was "characterized by a hard, clenched jaw and bulging eyes."

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Bogue Falaya River

is STILL dark and cold.
Feb 6th, 2018 11:15 AM   Edit   Profile  

Before clicking on the thread, this is what I thought of when I saw "bicycle face."

Miss Gulch on YouTube

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So. Cal. USA

Feb 6th, 2018 11:28 AM   Edit   Profile  

That device I'm sure was used on places other than the face. Clenched jaw? Yeah, I would think so!

Charlie Macon
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Austin, Texas

Feb 6th, 2018 01:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

Oh the humanity!

Bicycle Face

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El Californio

Feb 6th, 2018 02:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

I just thought I'd

throw this in here.

Scott L.
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Mr. Crump don't 'low no easyriders here.
Feb 6th, 2018 02:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

"Don’t chew gum. Exercise your jaws in private."


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Staten Island, NY

Our resident rational liberal
Feb 6th, 2018 06:26 PM   Edit   Profile  

Go tell her she does, if she punches you, she disagrees.

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