THE LADY BIKERS. - All Members of the Liberty Cycling Annex Wear Bloomers - San Francisco Chronicle, 14 Sep 1895

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All Members of the Liberty Cycling Annex Wear Bloomers. =

The Ladies' Annex to the Liberty Cycling Club was organized on August 1st, with charter members consisting of Mrs. N. A. Robinson, Miss Ida M. Stanford, Mrs. Chris Westphal, Mrs. A. H. Brod, Miss Lucy Munson, Miss M. I. Crowley, Miss A. T. Crowley, Mrs. C. H. Hoeg, Miss Fenton and Miss Flo Webster.

These ladies are all devotees of the wheel and were confident that there was plenty of room in the field of cycling for a riding club composed strictly of lady riders.

As their husbands or gentleman friends were members of the Liberty Cycling Club, it was suggested that they form a ladies' annex to that club, which proposition was readily accepted, and at their initial meeting they adopted that club's emblem, a Liberty bell, and each member carries her insignia neatly embroidered in gold on a black ribbon, as will be seen in the picture. The club colors are gold and white, as the ribbons on the head of wheel denote.

At the same meeting an election of officers resulted in the selection of Miss Lucy M. Munson as president, Miss Ida M. Stanford secretary-treasurer and Mrs. N. A. Robinson captain, and be it said to their credit that no more capable officers exist.

At present the membership roll contains seventeen names, but many more applications are to be acted upon at their next meeting on Thursday night. The club's longest run was on Sunday, August 11th, when they visited San Leandro and Lake Chabot, eating their lunch at the latter place in a shady grove.

Captain Robinson has many runs contemplated, among them being a visit to Camp Taylor, Petaluma, Mount Hamilton and San Jose, but is kindly considerate of the new riders joining. and will not attempt the long runs until all the members are fully capable of riding them without the drawback of fatigue and its manifold dangerous results.

A prominent composer has dedicated a "Bicycle March" to the Ladies' Annex, and they recently posed for their photographs, which will duly appear on the cover sheets.

One of the rules of their club is that members must appear on club run in bloomer costume, and said costume must be of a subdued color, it being the desire of the club to ride the wheel for pleasure and not the wish to attract attention.

The success of the Ladies' Annex to the Liberty Cycling Club is assured, and from the many favorable comments heard from both sexes it appears that it was just what was wanted in San Francisco to help elevate the sport.