"Learn on a low machine, but ‘fly high’ when once you have mastered it, as you have much more power over the wheels and can get up better speed with a less expenditure of force when you are above the instrument than when you are at the back of it. And remember this is as true of the world as of the wheel…
"Gradually, item by item, I learned the location of every screw and spring, spoke and tire…This was not the lesson of a day, but of many days and weeks, and it had to be learned before we could get on well together. To my mind the infelicities of which we see so much in life grow out of lack of time and patience thus to study…They will not take the pains, they have not enough specific gravity, to balance themselves in their new environment. Indeed, I found a whole philosophy of life in the wooing and winning of my bicycle."
— A Wheel Within a Wheel, by Frances Elizabeth Willard, 1895

"Learn on a low machine, but ‘fly high’ when once you have mastered it, as you have much more power over the wheels and can get up better speed with a less expenditure of force when you are above the instrument than when you are at the back of it. And remember this is as true of the world as of the wheel…

"Gradually, item by item, I learned the location of every screw and spring, spoke and tire…This was not the lesson of a day, but of many days and weeks, and it had to be learned before we could get on well together. To my mind the infelicities of which we see so much in life grow out of lack of time and patience thus to study…They will not take the pains, they have not enough specific gravity, to balance themselves in their new environment. Indeed, I found a whole philosophy of life in the wooing and winning of my bicycle."

A Wheel Within a Wheel, by Frances Elizabeth Willard, 1895