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This ';fascinating' story of a nineteenth-century mystery ';should appeal to most lovers of history, as well as to bicycling enthusiasts. Strongly recommended' (Library Journal). In the late 1880s, Frank Lenz of Pittsburgh, a renowned high-wheel r...
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"Profusely and charmingly illustrated."-Richard Eder, Boston Sunday Globe "[A] wonderful new book. . . . Herlihy combines the thoroughness of a scholar with the dogged investigative skills of a newspaper reporter and presents his finding with a literary flair not normally found in authors who possess thoroughness or doggedness. The result is a fine read sure to be of great interest, if not to 87 million once-a-year riders, then certainly to the 8 million core cyclists."-Stephen Madden, New York Post "A fascinating historical account of the bicycle, from its conception in the 19th century to the present day, lavishly illustrated, too."-Sara Nelson, New York Post (Required Reading) "A prodigious researcher vividly recounts the development of a great machine that wasn't fully practical till the 1870's."-The New York Times Book Review "Immensely absorbing. . . . Herlihy's prodigious research is always entertaining, as are the period illustrations that copiously grace the volume. . . . While reading Bicycle, I was all too often overcome with the desire to jump on my own machine. I would relish having David V. Herlihy as my cycling companion any day."-Edward Koren, New York Times Book Review "This is a book that ought to fascinate any reader who cares about well-researched, well-written, beautifully illustrated history. . . . Yet to call the book a traditional history is misleading. Herlihy uses brief boxed asides, artwork, photographs, cartoons, technical drawings and other tools to dazzle. . . . Bicycle . . . is compulsively readable."-Steve Weinberg, San Francisco Chronicle "Herlihy's book gives a history of the bicycle from its painful beginnings right through to the amazingly technical machines available now."-Toby Clements, The Telegraph "A definitive look at the bicycle."-Craig Wilson, USA Today "Mr. Herlihy concentrates on [the bicycle's] social history, especially its manufacturers and riders. Culling from the popular press, he builds a very readable account of the public perception of the bicycle as it moved from one stage to another. The book is also one of the best-illustrated histories I have ever seen. It is a delight to leaf through."-Robert Messenger, Wall Street Journal "The reader is taken on a joy ride of stories, fact and anecdotes. . . . Herlihy deserves praise for his exhaustive research. . . . I'm glad he invited us along for the ride."-Colman McCarthy, Washington Post & Chicago Sun Times "This extraordinarily researched work is not just for those interested in the history of the bicycle but for anyone who wants to follow the international history of an idea or invention. . . . Dozens of attractive images enrich the story and could be issued as a worthwhile book of their own. Highly recommended for all academic collections."-Library Journal "A comprehensive genealogy of the two-wheeled savior of mass transit. . . . The author's vivid account of this story could not be more detailed if Herlihy himself had personally lived through every experience he recounts. . . . Herlihy takes what could have been just another history book and makes it a story worth telling your friends about."-Publishers Weekly "An instant classic."-Simon Withers, Cycling Plus "A fascinating history of an engineering marvel."-Forecast "This is an excellent history... It is definitely a book for the cyclists in the family and even if you haven't ridden a bike for years the author's enthusiasm might even tempt you on two wheels."-Model Engineer Winner of the 2004 Award for Excellence in the History of Science sponsored by the Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers Winner of the 2005 Sally Hacker Prize sponsored by the Society for the History of Technology "If you could only own one book on bicycle history, Bicycle
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David V. Herlihy is a historian and freelance writer. He has been interested in bicycle technology since his days as a member of the Harvard Cycling Club, and for the past decade he has researched extensively the invention and early development of the bicycle. His work has been featured on National Public Radio and Voice of America and in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, and Historic Preservation. In 1999 Herlihy received the McNair History Award from the Wheelmen, the preeminent American association of antique bicycle collectors. He lives in Hull, Massachusetts.