Over on Salon, Rachel Shukert is writing about bicycles. "A bicycle is a perfect machine: simple, elegant and efficient. It does exactly what it needs to do, whenever it needs to do it," she writes. And "there's a convincing case… that the bicycle advanced the cause of women's liberation more than any other inanimate object." General interest magazine Mental Floss explains that "the Victorian lady rarely exercised or engaged in physical activity, which left her poorly conditioned." But when the bicycle took off in the late 1800s, "There was no reason a woman couldn't get on a bike and sedately pedal farther from her home than she'd ever been before." There have been some disparaging remarks regarding cyclists on this site, but shouldn't we all be biking more?
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