Bicycling Craze in Minnesota, 1890s

In the 1890s, after bicycles became more comfortable and affordable, bicycling swept the nation, Minnesota included. Minnesotans who embraced bicycling at this time helped lay the groundwork for a number of lasting changes in American society, from shorter skirts to better roads.

Two women and a girl with bicycles, 1897.

Woman with a bicycle, c.1900.
High lace-up bicycle boots worn by Miss Vivian Grace Gibson of St. Paul, 1890-1899.

Read about it (and see more pictures) at MNopedia, an online encyclopedia of Minnesota created by the Minnesota Historical Society and its partners.


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