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Cyclists and Rational Dress

At «be Agricoltaral Hill (London), on No* 27, there wee a large attendance at the annual meeting of the Lady Cyclists' Amo. ciation. Among the objecte of the Ancctation is to 'promote the wearing of rational dress,' bat all ita member* are not agreed opon the point. Therefore, among tbe new ruJee or amendments brought forward was on- , ' (witboat any desire to diecoarage tL,e wearing of a rational oobtome, bat simply in jnstice to tbe many members now belonging to the As«ociatiOD who ride in ikire) a fkirted section bo formed, with a separate captain, plies and time of meeting. " Tbe seconder ""* «he did so with pleapure.ahhoaßh an ardent advocate of r-tional drees. She was in favor of • liberal rendering of the word 'rational, and tboagbt if tbe retoiotion were carried there would be lees triotion between the two sections of riders. Io time tbe akirted ridew, by seeing tbe greater comfort ot their eieterp, would be converted and live. It would not be long, however, before all lady ridi-re dUcarded the fk-rte for the newer and better coetome.- A Member : It appeara ea tboagh the knicker Dockers h»ve to tolerate the »kirt#, while the »kirt« »'c to boycott iho knickerbockers, The Sicretary said miny members wonld not ride with ladiea wbo wore rationale,aod nnder those circumstancei it would be well to paas the ro*o!ntioD. Porsonslly, she favoared tie rattooal Area*, tnd always wore it wbi<n riding. Miss Vance said it was a fact tbat a l l ladiee,whtiu they began to ride, declared they woald never wear rational?, but mmy soon altered their opinion. Somaladiee, ho m ever, were bftmnared with boebanda or brothers who Strongly objeoted to rationale. Althoagh in favor of tbat mode of bicycle dre«s, she thought it was not fair to atinme that eklrta were not rational. One ••ction had no right to foice aaotber aection into Knickerbockers bectnge they themselves had found them comfortabW . Xjidiee who wore skirts paid tbe same enbaoription sa other ladiea, and if they wuhed to be kept back by a good bead wind there was no reeaon wby i*»ey ahould not have their way. There wu one lady in tbe room who woald have her bioycle taken away from her if •he either rode in rationale or tode with thir who did. (Oriee of <Bbame. ) A •bow of hwd« gave a foor-to-one majority in twot of the n«w oonceesion. TbeOoonteaipf Maimesbury wa« elected pretident of the ABiooiatioß.

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Cyclists and Rational Dress Southland Times, Issue 13718, 2 April 1897

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