For reasons unclear, this article is included in the middle of a political story from 1869 to warn us all of the unfitness of bicycles for women. Text below:
New York has been disgusted and shocked. The velocipede has accomplished what the "Black Crook" and "White Fawn" could not. It has called forth a denunciation of immodest exhibitions. At the Empire Rink Velocipedrome on Monday evening the French riders, two women and three men, disported themselves on fiery bicycles, and by turns delighted and disgusted a rather numerous audience. Whatever might be said of the velocipede, it is not adapted for the use of the fairer sex, unless included to that portion of it which may be classified under the heading of "Bowery gals." The French women alluded to were "beautifully attired in tight-fitting garments"' and performed some astonishing velocipedestian feats. A New York paper is assured that the "Black Crook" was but a phantom us compared to the gorgeous bareness of the "velocipedestrianesses," and beside it the "White Fawn" beauties pale into utter insignificance. The modesty of New York was shocked, and the hope has been expressed that the exhibition will not be repeated.
Wow, there was really a lot of slut-shaming back then. Thank God that's all over.