The Little Lending Library Bike

Jennifer Lane - Denton, TX

The Little Lending Library Bike

I began riding again in my 50's because I worked in Lexington, KY and my university (I am a professor) had a lending library of bikes. I already had a 12-speed Falcon but had never bought an everyday bike so my riding diminished over the years as I got older. My library bike was a women's hybrid re-painted with yellow reflective paint and stenciled "Wildcat Wheels". This bike-lending program became so successful that TIAA-Cref, the teachers' retirement program, invested in it and Wildcat Wheels bought a new fleet of bikes. I started to live on my bike, using it for all errands, and it became a core part of my fitness regime, in a daily-life sort of way. When I moved to Texas, Wildcat Wheels let me take the bike with me. Since that move, I've been through all kinds of things on this bike, including accidents, but it and I have survived. Now I sometimes go on the nighttime Share the Road rides and other group rides, and still use my bike as much as possible for going to work and other short trips. I bought my house in close proximity to the university so I could ride to and from work. I've gone on some big rides like the Hotter'n Hell ride in Wichita Falls and the Turkey Roll Ride here in Denton. I love to ride my bike. It is freedom. Founding Feminist, Susan B. Anthony wrote: "Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel." Susan B

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