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The Bikes & Bloomers book launch is on Wednesday 18th April, from 6.30pm at Look Mum No Hands.

The bicycle in Victorian Britain is often celebrated as a vehicle of women’s liberation. But much less is known about another critical technology with which women forged new and mobile public lives – cycle wear.

Underpinned by three years of in-depth archival research and inventive practice, this new book by Kat Jungnickel brings to life in rich detail the lesser-known stories of six inventors and their unique contributions to cycling’s past, which continue to shape urban life for contemporary mobile women.

The launch event will include a panel discussion led by Kat Jungnickel with Bruce Bennett (Senior Lecturer in Film Studies, Lancaster University), Emily Chappell (Founding member of The Aventure Syndicate and fastest woman in the 2016 Transcontinental Race) and Laura Laker (Journalist for The Guardian, Total Women’s Cycling and and more).

A drinks reception will follow.

Free tickets here:

For more information about the book here:

I’ve also printed up a short run of the six convertible cycling sewing patterns inspired by the research and patents. They will be available on the night for £5 each. All profits go to London Bike Kitchen – a  DIY bike workshop in Hackney.


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