[SOLO] Bicycling for Ladies by Maria E. Ward -jo

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Post by commonsparrow3 » April 9th, 2021, 12:07 pm

Bicycling for Ladies, by Maria E. Ward (1863 - )
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Source text (please read only from this text!): http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/62227

Target completion date: 2021-07-01

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Genres for the project: *Non-fiction/Sports & Recreation

Keywords that describe the book: women, bicycles, recreation, bicycling, 1890's

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Post by knotyouraveragejo » April 9th, 2021, 12:19 pm

Sounds interesting. I'll MC. MW will be along shortly.
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Post by TriciaG » April 9th, 2021, 12:23 pm

May I DPL? (I did 23 km / 14 miles yesterday.) 8-)
By John Muir: Our National Parks
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Post by commonsparrow3 » April 9th, 2021, 12:25 pm

knotyouraveragejo wrote:
April 9th, 2021, 12:19 pm
Sounds interesting. I'll MC. MW will be along shortly.
Thank you, Jo!
TriciaG wrote:
April 9th, 2021, 12:23 pm
May I DPL? (I did 23 km / 14 miles yesterday.) 8-)
Yes, please DPL. Tricia!
(I don't bike anymore, due to bad arthritis, but I got around town on my bike for years when I was younger!)

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Post by knotyouraveragejo » April 9th, 2021, 12:38 pm

All set here. MW is up and I added Tricia as DPL. Also found this link which states a date of death of 1941 and has some neat old pictures.

https://statenisland.pastperfectonline.com/byperson?keyword=Ward%2C+Maria+E.&page=1
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Post by commonsparrow3 » April 9th, 2021, 12:43 pm

knotyouraveragejo wrote:
April 9th, 2021, 12:38 pm
All set here. MW is up and I added Tricia as DPL. Also found this link which states a date of death of 1941 and has some neat old pictures.

https://statenisland.pastperfectonline.com/byperson?keyword=Ward%2C+Maria+E.&page=1
Thanks! I'll fill in the MW this evening. And hurrah on finding the death date!
Meanwhile, I just took a peek at the old pictures - and I see a number of them with women and bicycles! Cool!

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Post by commonsparrow3 » April 27th, 2021, 6:21 pm

Just checking in to say - Sorry I haven't yet begun recording for this project.
Just one thing after another has been taking up my time this month.
My car died, and I've been trying to buy another, while finding rides to work.
Meanwhile, my guy Brian ended up hospitalized, and I've been spending evenings at the hospital with him.
So LibriVox sort of fell by the wayside this month.

BUT .. Brian got home from the hospital today!
AND … I have bought a car, which should be ready to pick up tomorrow!
So life should now calm down again, and I hope to begin recording here shortly!

Thanks for being so patient!

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Post by TriciaG » April 27th, 2021, 6:24 pm

Yay! Glad life is looking brighter for ya!

I've been busy, so I haven't noticed... much. ;)
By John Muir: Our National Parks
Bulwer-Lytton novel: The Caxtons
New York scenes, 1897: Darkness and Daylight
Boring works 30-70 minutes long: Insomnia Collection 5

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Post by commonsparrow3 » May 3rd, 2021, 1:40 pm

Here at last is Section 1 - (Preface and Possibilities) - (length 15:05)
https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/bicyclingforladies_01_ward_128kb.mp3

I recorded several of these short chapters today, so they will be coming along in quick succession as they are edited over the next few days.

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Post by TriciaG » May 3rd, 2021, 3:20 pm

PL OK!

I can't wait to hear what limitations she thinks I'll have. Yeah, sometimes I "overdo" it - and my husband does 100+ km (62+ mi) bike rides most weekends of the summer. :lol:
By John Muir: Our National Parks
Bulwer-Lytton novel: The Caxtons
New York scenes, 1897: Darkness and Daylight
Boring works 30-70 minutes long: Insomnia Collection 5

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Post by commonsparrow3 » May 4th, 2021, 1:27 pm

Here is Section 2 - (What the Bicycle Does) - (length 10:12)
https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/bicyclingforladies_02_ward_128kb.mp3

And Section 3 - (On Wheels in General and Bicycles in Particular) - (length 14:11
https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/bicyclingforladies_03_ward_128kb.mp3
TriciaG wrote:
May 3rd, 2021, 3:20 pm
I can't wait to hear what limitations she thinks I'll have. Yeah, sometimes I "overdo" it - and my husband does 100+ km (62+ mi) bike rides most weekends of the summer. :lol:
Well, she was writing to women who hadn't had much prior opportunity for sport and athletics, and these first chapters are aimed at utter beginners, so I guess she wanted them to start off easy. Even so, she promises them the exhilaration of freedom and speed, once they get the hang of it.

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Post by TriciaG » May 4th, 2021, 3:22 pm

2 and 3 PL OK!
By John Muir: Our National Parks
Bulwer-Lytton novel: The Caxtons
New York scenes, 1897: Darkness and Daylight
Boring works 30-70 minutes long: Insomnia Collection 5

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Post by commonsparrow3 » May 4th, 2021, 4:05 pm

Thanks, Tricia!

Two more sections coming tomorrow, then a hiatus for a bit.

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Post by commonsparrow3 » May 5th, 2021, 12:25 pm

Here's Section 4 - (For Beginners) - (length 11:47)
https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/bicyclingforladies_04_ward_128kb.mp3

And Section 5 - (How to Make Progress) - (length 13:14)
https://librivox.org/uploads/knotyouraveragejo/bicyclingforladies_05_ward_128kb.mp3

I learned to ride a 2-wheeler at about age 9, after having previously ridden a tricycle, so I already knew how to pedal and steer, and graduating to a 2-wheeler involved mainly learning to balance. I think most of us nowadays learned that way, as kids. Here, we are reading instructions for adult women who had no experience with bikes or trikes, most of whom had few previous opportunities for any sort of athletic activity, trying to figure out pedaling and steering and balancing all at once, while dressed in rather inconvenient clothing. The author has to explain some very basic information that we picked up as kids by osmosis, and by the end of Chapter 5, she has them ready to take practice rides of several miles independently. Not bad for a start!

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Post by TriciaG » May 5th, 2021, 4:09 pm

Very true!

Two items of note:

(1) Yes, going up an incline IS fatiguing! I can't imagine doing it without gears - being able to down shift!

(2) Avoid ruts parallel to your direction of travel: The time I took a tumble as an adult (which earned me a precautionary ride to the hospital in an ambulance), it was due to that. I've almost gotten in trouble that way since, but I've learned to keep my hands on the handlebars, and force it if I have to. There's no playing nice with the handlebars when your front wheel is in a rut. As my husband wisely said, "The bike will go the direction you steer it."

Both sections PL OK. :)
By John Muir: Our National Parks
Bulwer-Lytton novel: The Caxtons
New York scenes, 1897: Darkness and Daylight
Boring works 30-70 minutes long: Insomnia Collection 5

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