• "Head over heels" was the typical fall from a bicycle: sudden braking blocked the Ordinary's front wheel, causing the cyclist, anchored to the pedals, to perform an acrobatic leap....
• Beginning in 1870, it was decided in some European towns that in order to ride a bicycle one had to obtain a riding license. Hence, several riding schools were opened, where prospective cyclists could receive training for the riding tests.
• In 1877, the Parisian Victor Renard built a bicycle, named grand-bi, whose front wheel diameter was three meters long. It weighed 65 kg and a six-foot ladder was required in order to mount. Nine and a half meters were covered with one full thrust of the pedals.
• "Bicyclist's face" was an expression in use at the end of the 19th century. It indicated the anxious face of someone who was about to mount a high-wheeled bicycle, often more than one and a half meters tall, from which he could fall, with decidedly unpleasant effects.