Keeping with the theme of black female cycling, I found three articles about black cyclist in the 19th century. If you didn’t know, newspapers are like a goldmine, jammed packed with some much useful information when you are embarking on your research journey.
Anyway take a look at these interesting clips (all from newspapers.com)
The Times Herald Port Huron, Michigan Fri, Sep 11, 1896 · Page 3
Newton Daily Republican Newton, Kansas Mon, Jul 15, 1895 · Page 2
Chattanooga Daily Times Chattanooga, Tennessee Sun, Oct 18, 1896 · Page 21
I know what scorcher means today but in the 1890s and early 1900s scorcher meant another thing when it came to bike riding. At first I didn’t understand why this 1897 article of an African American female falling off her bike was considered newsworthy. Then I decided to google scorcher and bicycles and I found out the term scorcher was used to describe a cyclist who rode fast and reckless through the streets and someone who put other riders, pedestrians and motorists at risk of crashing. I did some more digging and found an article of a cyclist who was involved in a bicycle chase with a police officer. Scorchers were considered a big problem across the county, there are countless articles on newspapers.com about scorchers and how they were a menace to society (lol), some cyclists were even arrested.
Don’t worry I won’t be a scorcher.
Me in my cycling gear