How I Learned to Ride the Bicycle: Reflections of an Influential 19th-Century Woman
By Frances E. Willard
This prominent American social reformist decided to take up bicycling at the age of 53. She saw mastering a bicycle as a way for young women to master her personal destiny. Includes a separate section, “Women and Cycling: The Early Years,” that recalls all sorts of interesting yet specious reasons why young ladies should not attempt to master the machine.