Cycling (Lawrence, MA)

Lawrence is a small industrial city and well suited to cycling. Bicycling as an avocation was popular among the middle class in the last years of the 19th century. There were a number of clubs including the Lawrence Bicycle Club and the Lawrence Wheelmen who would make cycle excursions all around New England. Women were quick to take up cycling noting that dress “should fit neatly to the body without being in any point cumbrous; loose flaps of dress, and tails of coats, are very troublesome and even dangerous; the jacket should fit nicely to the body, and the trousers sufficiently free and loose, should not be pussy about the legs and feet; trousers answer very well, but knickerbockers and well-fitting stockings are an improvement upon them.”

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