Bicycle Face is real. It’s called smiling. Only bike commuters do it.
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Once upon a time, the main danger associated with bicycling had nothing to do with being hit by a car.
Instead, some late 19th century doctors warned that — especially for women — using the newfangled contraption could lead to a threatening medical condition: bicycle face.
“Over-exertion, the upright position on the wheel, and the unconscious effort to maintain one’s balance tend to produce a wearied and exhausted ‘bicycle face,'” noted the Literary Digest in 1895.