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Going to Hell on a Bicycle

August 16, 2011

From the Cincinnati Enquirer, June 9, 1895:

Medical men have repeatedly declared that the cyclist, whether man or woman, who doubles up the body while riding becomes physically deformed, presents a most ungraceful appearance, invites spinal disease, and loses a great part of the benefit that might otherwise accrue from the exercise. A clergyman in Denver, Colo., has, however, made a much more woeful declaration. Cycling on Sunday has been his theme, and he has stated solemnly that “there are 10,000 men going to hell on bicycles.”


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