Adventure Cyclist: The Machine That Set Women Free by David Lamb

The bicycle seems an unlikely symbol of women’s liberation, but in 1894, when Annie Londonderry, carrying only a pearl handled revolver and a change of underwear and leaving behind her husband Max and three small children, set off from Boston to cycle alone around the world, it was precisely that — as bold a statement of feminist independence as burning a bra would be in the 1960s.

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