I believe the preferred term is “bicyclatrixes”

It’s only Tuesday, and already I need to interrupt Monkey Alert Week for a quick etiquette refresher for my fellow velocipedestriennes, courtesy of The New York World. The full list is on brainpickings.org; my favorites are:

  • Don’t be a fright.
  • Don’t cultivate a “bicycle face.”
  • Don’t wear laced boots. They are tiresome.
  • Don’t contest the right of way with cable cars.
  • Don’t chew gum. Exercise your jaws in private.
  • Don’t ask, “What do you think of my bloomers?”
  • Don’t scratch a match on the seat of your bloomers.
  • Don’t discuss bloomers with every man you know.
  • Don’t scream if you meet a cow. If she sees you first, she will run.

I’m anticipating a problem, however: what if the cow doesn’t run, and asks you about your bloomers?

via The Hairpin

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