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Dr. B. W. Richardson speaks favorably, in the last issue of his Asclepiad, of the wheel as a means of exercise for women grown. For growing girls, or in fact for children of either sex, much cycling is not commendable. He holds that girls should not begin to ride regularly before they are seventeen years of age, and not then even, if they are not well built and strong.
But for women he believes the wheel has positive advantages. For example: "It insures a quick and sure cultivation of the senses, it leads to a good and healthful exercise of the muscles, it causes a fine expansion of breathing, it causes the lungs to inhale pure air, it quickens the circulation, and it brings to the mind a free and wholesome change of scene, which is a tonic of tonics to the depression incident to sedentary monotony." Dr. Richardson is
ON BICYCLING FOR WOMEN.. JAMA. 1893;XX(23):648. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420500030007