The links below provide access to a sampling of articles from historic newspapers that can be found in Chronicling America. You can further explore the topic of "Bicycle Fashion" using the following search strategies:
Use the following terms in combination, proximity, or as a phrase: wheelwoman, female cyclists, women’s bicycling costume, leg-o’-mutton sleeve, bloomer, knickerbocker, split skirt, divided skirt
Before 1861, a bicycle is known as a boneshaker or high-mount bicycle. After 1870, the bicycle is called a velocipede or Ordinary. The safety bicycle, the most like representation of today’s concept of bicycle, is introduced in 1876.
It is important to use a specific date range if looking for articles for a particular event in order to narrow your results. After the year 1890, the bicycling craze really took off. You’ll find the best results if you narrow your search to between the years: 1890-1922.