Author:  Sue Macy
ISBN: 978-1426307614.
Publisher:  National Geographic Children's Books

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A bicycle built for two is an expression we have heard so many times. Riding in the open air you get a sense of freedom, adventure and excitement as your life becomes unrestrained and the restrictions on your mobility lifted all because you own a bicycle. Women felt the need to get out more, see the world, and get to work and in some cases to school. The advent of the bicycle makes it all happen. Author Sue Macy takes us on a long bicycle ride from the first High Wheeler until the present and the impact this two-wheeler has made on so many lives. Beginning with a forward telling about how World Bicycle Relief was founded and how many young African girls were able to overcome obstacles, adversity and more go to school succeed have a career.
Freedom comes in many ways for Mary Levanika and many others it provided a release from social oppression and gave her the ride of her life. Imagine wearing a corset, heavy skirts and huge petticoats, reminds me of the dresses I wore with tons of petticoats that made me look heavier than my overweight frame. Riding a bicycle was not something I was taught or allowed to do but I envied those who did. Wheels of change allow the reader to understand the gravity and impact invention of the bicycle had on woman and how they felt “set free” or liberated when pedaling off into the sunset. Whether the 1880’s or 2011 transportation is vital. Imagine traveling on horseback- slow to say the least. But when Albert Pope saw what was referred for a High Wheeler on display he discounted it at first until one sped past him and he could not catch up.
Alfred Pope started something that would snowball and whirlwind faster than a tornado or cyclone could destroy buildings and cities. The bicycle became the national craze and everyone wanted one or to create one to suit their needs. From the Drop Frame which allowed women
to control their skirts and dresses by having a place stop them from flaring up to the Sidesaddle Boneshaker the bicycle took over the 1800’s as the new mode of transportation giving that horse and buggy some stiff competition. Imagine Madam Curie and other famous celebrities riding a two-wheeler to get where they needed to go. How grand is that! LAW was founded and lobbied for bike paths, getter roads and safety mechanisms on these bicycles to help riders go faster and prevent them from colliding with the horses.

Freedom, mobility and the experience to ride in the fresh air- what could be more invigorating or healthy? Exercise is vital and why not cycling? But there were many who were not true proponents of this new craze and felt it was unladylike, immoral and disgraceful for women to go out on two wheels and be seen in public. Imagine such hype and controversy of two wheels! Infringing on women’s rights, freedom and more advocates like Charlotte Smith discounted bike riding and denounced declaring it would create serious ramifications to the health of a woman. Read the many journal articles author Sue Macy included in this outstanding account of how wheels made such a direct impact on the lives of so many. Can you imagine being chained to the stove or under the watchful eye of a husband? Not today! Imagine the church encouraging members to cycle to hear sermons. How progressive!
Starting with Alfred Pope who pioneered the development of the bicycle many innovations followed. Things were added to the bike and others subtracted from the original High Wheeler and one man started the trend, a fad, and a craze that would revolutionize how women traveled and upgrade their role in society.
Take the journey with author Sue Macy and learn about the Big Skirt Fastener, the League of American Wheelman and those who lobbied for bike paths and smoother roads in cities for riders. Proper attire, proper stance and correct posture when riding were vital to some. Learn about the advent of the Bloomers, split skirt and the new wave of dress for avid cyclists.
Bike races, long distance traveling and trips and much more energized the 1800’s into the era for promoting good health and exercise all around. Read about the woman whose name is synonymous with cycling. Feel the energy, feel the wind on your face and the sun beating down, as you take off those crinolines, get comfortable, find your proper outfit and get on a two wheeler and RIDE. The wheel gave woman a voice to be heard. Author Sue Macy presents more than just a written account of how the wheel changed and gave women a ride to freedom by adding pictures, news and magazine articles and ads helping the reader feel part of the excitement and experience the history first hand. Read and understand the impact of this great invention and : Keep Riding!
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