Beware of bicycle face!

I had to laugh today, I read a Tweet that contained a link to a 19th century health warning aimed at women who ride bikes.  Women were warned about potentially contracting Bicycle Face if they started riding.  Some say it was a way to try to prevent women from experiencing the freedom of two wheels, but maybe they were on to something afterall! Looking at some of my photos maybe there IS a bicycle face syndrome!:

I mean would you want your face to get stuck like this??

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And shoot, it aint just me!  Check these faces:

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Editors note, normally I wouldn’t post an unflattering picture of anyone but me, and of course the guys I went to school with, but she is still be looked for after hitting and running another cyclist this year so I consider her fair game.

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Actually, I think the medical experts in the late 1800s are a bit off. I think these reflect Bicycle face MUCH better!

Mighty Manda on Left, Auburn Liz on right.  Finisher badges in hand!

Mighty Manda on Left, Auburn Liz on right. Finisher badges in hand!

 

Eric calling home to tell them he finished his first big ride!

Eric calling home to tell them he finished his first big ride!

Holding the bronze medal after the High Pass Challenge!

Holding the bronze medal after the High Pass Challenge!

 

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However, without a doubt.  If I was asked to pick the perfect example of bicycle face, this it the one!

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There is no bigger smile or happier person than a kidlet on the bike for the first time.  And there’s a secret non riders will never understand.  Every time we cyclists saddle up, that little kid in us is right underneath the surface. urging us to go faster and farther and making us happy and smile.

Folks screw the warning!  Go in search of you bicycle face, you won’t be sorry!!

 

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5 Responses to Beware of bicycle face!

  1. sarburch says:

    In my humble opinion, the kidlet is best displaying a “bicycle face.” She is sporting that lovely, signature ear-to-ear, this-is-what-life-is-all-about grin. 🙂

    I hope you’ve appropriately trained your bicycle face for your big ride this weekend! Stay cool, and grin widely! 🙂

  2. You need to try a Fat Bike — every time I see someone on one of these monsters they are smiling from ear-to-ear. On my road bike my “Bike Face” varies depending upon how many motorists I’ve had try to kill me that day.

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