“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…the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood.” – Susan B. Anthony
In 1894 a young Jewish American immigrant, Annie Cohen Kopchovsky, left her 3 children, her husband, and risked life and limb to be the fastest person to travel around the world by bicycle. With a pearl revolver on her hip and men’s bloomers on her, uhh… derriere she set off on a 15 month adventure – crossing 4 continents and 11 countries to beat the previous world record holder (a man) by 13 months. On the journey she would encounter dangerous weather and terrain, a broken foot she propped on the handlebars as she rode for part of the journey, be ridiculed by the press in France for her ‘manly’ appearance, and encounter all types of notorious characters along the way. In order to fund her trip she became a walking, riding billboard with her first sponsor, a spring water company based in Londonderry, New Hampshire and thus Annie “Londonderry” was born.
Her great grand-nephew wrote a biography about her travels, and said of her ‘Outlandish, brash, and charismatic – a master of public relations, a consummate self-promoter, and a skillful creator of her own myth – Annie was a woman of boundless chutzpah.’
In honor of such a daring woman, we named our low-step cruiser model after her because we know once you get on it you might fancy yourself an adventurer just like Annie. Just try not to break any toes on your journey…
To get one NOW, check out our Londonderry bike sale !