Bicycle Face comes in many different forms.
During the Tour de France, Bicycle Face might look a little something like this:
Or, in happier moments, Bicycle Face mike look like this:
Back in the late 19th century, it was believed there was no such thing as a Happy Bicycle Face. In fact, it was once though to be a legitimate health scare and the Literary Digest of 1895 described the “condition” this way: “The unconscious effort to maintain one’s balance tends to produce a wearied and exhausted ‘bicycle face.'”
Even worse, the condition was characterized by “a hard, clenched jaw and bulging eyes.”
For those reasons – and more – women of the late 19th century were warned to steer clear of the two-wheelers.
But the truth of the matter was that bikes were part of the feminist movement, allowing women to push for changes ranges from increased ability to get out and about more easily to a reduction in undergarment restrictions and everything in between.
Read the full Vox article here, and ride on ladies. Ride on.