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The good old days.

A List of Don’ts for Women on Bicycles (Circa 1895)

    • Don’t be a fright.
    • Don’t faint on the road.
    • Don’t wear a man’s cap.
    • Don’t wear tight garters.
    • Don’t forget your toolbag
    • Don’t attempt a “century.”
    • Don’t coast. It is dangerous.
    • Don’t boast of your long rides.
    • Don’t criticize people’s “legs.”
    • Don’t wear loud hued leggings.
    • Don’t cultivate a “bicycle face.”
    • Don’t wear clothes that don’t fit.
    • Don’t neglect a “light’s out” cry.
    • Don’t wear jewelry while on a tour.
    • Don’t race. Leave that to the scorchers.
    • Don’t wear laced boots. They are tiresome.
    • Don’t imagine everybody is looking at you.
    • Don’t go to church in your bicycle costume.
    • Don’t wear a garden party hat with bloomers.
    • Don’t contest the right of way with cable cars.
    • Don’t chew gum. Exercise your jaws in private.
    • Don’t wear white kid gloves. Silk is the thing.
    • Don’t ask, “What do you think of my bloomers?”
    • Don’t use bicycle slang. Leave that to the boys.
    • Don’t go out after dark without a male escort.
    • Don’t without a needle, thread and thimble.
    • Don’t try to have every article of your attire “match.”
    • Don’t let your golden hair be hanging down your back.
    • Don’t discuss bloomers with every man you know.
    • Don’t cultivate everything that is up to date because yon ride a wheel.
    • Don’t undertake a long ride if you are not confident of performing it easily.
    • Don’t appear to be up on “records” and “record smashing.” That is sporty.

A List of Don’ts For Women Cyclists Circa 1895 (Brainpickings)