Category Archives: bicycles
“Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel…the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood.”
–Susan B. Anthony, 1896
For more on how the bicycle changed the way women moved and dressed in the transitional 1890s, the types of derision with which they were met (national anti-bloomer brigades?), and the somewhat hysteric concerns the bicycle raised in contemporary minds (“could riding a bicycle be damaging to a woman’s sexual organs? could she [gasp!] potentially become aroused from riding a bicycle???), click here. This essay is from a website dedicated Annie Londonderry, the first woman to ride a bicycle around the world. It looks as though the primary function of the website is to advertise Around the World on Two Wheels by Peter Zheutlin, a book about Annie Londonderry and her victorious adventure. It was just published this past fall and is now widely available, including on Amazon. The book seems to have received many positive reviews, including remarks on its careful research.
Currently home in Corvallis, visiting moma and seeing her new place. I have great ambitions to get outside and take advantage of my pristine, unbeatable locale and go on a couple of long rides, but so far today I’ve been waylaid by the internet. So, here’s a shoutout to cycling photographer and general rockstar Brian Vernor. His photography is beautiful (Oregon is featured in many of his shots) and I own and cherish one of his films, Pure Sweet Hell (check it out!). I found myself (re)perusing his website after coming across a preview for his newest film release, Where Are You Go. The link on his website takes you to the site for NYC’s Bicycle Film Festival. Last year’s festival featured another of Vernor’s short co-films, Goodbye Tomorrow. This one also features material from his four month voyage across Africa, though it was cut in 10 days and released almost immediately after their arrival in the states, in time for BFF2008. Anyway, check out the preview for Where Are You Go below. It looks amazing.
It’s finals week at Reed. Students are given to fits of craziness. They–we–deserve to be humored. However, my newest daydream (when I’m avoiding papers) & threat to my friends (when I’m feeling desperate) is not fleeting, nor is it born of fancy.