Sure, you know the Schwinn Sting-Ray was the coolest bike ever. But
how well do you know these six traditions from cycling history?
---At the dawn of the 20th century, women's saddles had cut-outs similar to many of today's seats. But the holes weren't there for anatomical reasons. It was widely held that riding a bike would stimulate women in unladylike ways, so saddle makers added cut-outs to eliminate such scandalous sensations.
---In the days before ice vests and jerseys with SPF ratings, riders knew the best way to keep cool was to put a cabbage leaf under their cycling caps.
---On the day before a big ride or race, whatever you do, don't get your legs wet or your performance will suffer. A short shower's okay, but no bath. And never, ever go swimming.
---Fausto Coppi, the great Italian racer in the World War II era, slept on his side with his legs in proper pedaling position, because this gave him a performance edge.
---Saddle sores bothering you? Do like the old-timers and slip a raw steak in your shorts before your next ride. (No T-bones.)
---Air conditioning makes you sick by circulating germs. So, as you're driving to your big ride when it's 105 degrees and 97% humidity, roll down those windows and enjoy a nice, healthy sweat.