We're getting pretty excited over here because this coming Saturday (June 18) is the first day of Bike Week!
Bike Week Winnipeg is is a week long celebration for everyone and anyone that enjoys cycling. Whether you ride for recreation, fitness, transportation, sport or just for fun, this week is for you!
At OOTB, we're passionate about cycling so this week is special for us! Cycling is environmentally friendly, it's healthy for our bodies and since the weather is so beautiful right now, why wouldn't you want to be outside as much as possible?
If you're interested in taking part in Bike Week Winnipeg activities, check out the event page on their website. They're hosting group rides, workshops, leisure and cultural events while doing their best to encourage Winnipeggers to get on their bikes and ride!
Alright, let's talk about clothes! Did you know that cycling played a huge roll in women's rights? It's true! By the 1890's, the bicycle (as it looks today) became popular in America and with millions of bikers on the roads across the country, cycling was the all the rage. It was around this time as well that trailblazers Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton fiercely declared "woman is riding to suffrage on the bicycle" - a line that spread like wildfire in newspapers across the country.
And they were right! The bicycle brought a new level of freedom through freewheel transportation for women along with a new dress-code. No longer were female cyclists bound by restrictive, modest Victorian age fashions, but now rode with exposed ankles, visible bloomers and down-dressed fashions. If you're interested in learning more about this, check out this article, "How the Bicycle Paved the Way for Women's Rights" from the Atlantic.
If you're taking part in Bike Week this week or just enjoy casually cruising, we have the cutest skirts to wear while doing so!
How perfect are they!? Are you taking part in Bike Week Winnipeg? Let us know in the comments below!
Peace & Joy
all vintage images sourced: cyclechic.co.uk