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Tireside Chat- Wheels of Change

March 10, 2013, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The USBHOF Tireside Chat Series continues for 2013.

Sponsored by Sutter Davis

The U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame Presents:

Sue Macy, Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way)

Sunday, March 10, 2:00-4:00 PM.

USBHOF Headquarters & Museum

Come celebrate Women’s History Month at the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame! On March 10 author Sue Macy will discuss her book, Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom. Learn all about the impact of the bicycle on women at the turn of the 20th century and her experiences in writing the book.


About the book:

Take a lively look at women's history from aboard a bicycle, which granted females the freedom of mobility and helped empower women's liberation. Through vintage photographs, advertisements, cartoons, and songs, Wheels of Change transports young readers to bygone eras to see how women used the bicycle to improve their lives. Witty in tone and scrapbook-like in presentation, the book deftly covers early (and comical) objections, influence on fashion, and impact on social change inspired by the bicycle, which, Susan B. Anthony once wrote, “has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world.”

About the author:

Sue Macy found while writing this book that it was easy to catch the same bicycle fever that gripped women in the United States in the 1890’s. As she bid on authentic memorailia at a bicycle auction and poured over private collection of bicycle ads abd art, she also dusted off the two-wheeler in her garage and started to go out for her own Sunday spins. And she found that even in the 21st century, riding a bicycle can be refreshing and yes, liberating.

Sue Macy, a graduate of Princeton Universtity, lives in Englewood, New Jersey. You can reach her at her web site,


The U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame will open at 1:30pm, suggested donation $5.


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Location: U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame

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