Why Is the Frame on a Girl’s Bicycle Curved?
The top bar in the frame of a girl’s bicycle is curved downward to give clearance for women’s skirts. Before ladies’ bicycles were invented, women could not ride because their long skirts made it difficult to get on and off. At first, ladies’ bicycles were designed to be ridden side-saddle. But they were so hard to balance, no one wanted to ride them. Finally, in 1884, a ladies’ bicycle with a dropped frame was invented that could be ridden in the modern manner. Cycling is more popular today than ever before, for men and women of all ages.