Friday, July 18, 2014

The Faces We Make

Bicycling in the 19th century was dangerous for women even back then. Not from the threat of collision with cars but because it could lead to a threatening medical condition: the faces they would make while riding their bikes. In this article about the 19th century health scare, the doctors claimed that bicycling was a taxing physical activity and 'unsuitable for women'. That it would not only lead to a bicycle face but also a host of other health issues.
Special Collections Department of the University of Nevada, Reno Library
Speaking of bicycle faces, I love reading the blog Bikeyface.com and admiring the drawings that the author, Bekka, creates with a sense of humor I wish I had. I'm not very funny. I can't tell a joke to save my life, LOL. Anyway, Bekka talks about what a bikeface is. It is far from the condition "characterized by a hard, clenched jaw and bulging eyes" and "the beginning of dark shadows under the eyes, and always with an expression of weariness."

artwork by Bikeyface @ www.bikeyface.com
That made me wonder - what is my bicycle face? Usually a big wide grin.

Bicycle face after climbing to the top of a hill near home

I wear the big aviator glasses to hide my bulging eyes and the beginnings of dark shadows under them.

Bicycle face on the Truckee River Trail
Earlier this week I made some new friends while biking to work and my bicycle face was that of JOY!!
Eric & Corrie are from Arizona and new to Reno (Corrie lives here years ago). They are Zumba instructors in town and were also riding their bikes to work that morning.
 And I LOVE their bicycle faces!!
 I shall give these facial expressions a try!!
What would the doctors say if they were to see our bicycle faces now?

2 comments:

JoeinVegas said...

Yes, loverly bicycle face there.

Daly said...

:-) Riding my bike makes me happy.