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Bicycle By David Herlihy

Bicycle by David Herlihy

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In the 21st century we have all experienced new technologies that promise to change our lives. During the 19th century, the bicycle evoked an exciting new world in which even a poor person could travel afar and at will, precipitating a social revolution. The definitive history of the bicycle from early 19th century to present day.

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Bicycle: The history by David Herlihy

In the twenty-first century we have all experienced new technologies that promise to change our lives. During the nineteenth century, the bicycle evoked an exciting new world in which even a poor person could travel afar and at will. But was the mechanical horse truly destined to usher in a new era of road travel or would it remain merely a plaything for dandies and schoolboys? In this, the definitive history of the bicycle, David Herlihy recounts the saga of this far-reaching invention and the passions it aroused. The pioneer racer James Moore insisted the bicycle would become as common as umbrellas. Mark Twain was more skeptical, enjoining his readers to get a bicycle. You will not regret it - if you live. Because we live in an age of cross-country bicycle racing and high-tech mountain bikes, we may overlook the decades of development and ingenuity that transformed the basic concept of human-powered transportation into a marvel of engineering. This lively and engrossing history retraces the extraordinary story of the bicycle, a history of disputed patents, brilliant inventions, and missed opportunities. Herlihy shows us why the bicycle captured the public's imagination and the myriad ways in which it reshaped our world.

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David Herlihy is a widely recognized expert on the history of the bicycle, and this book offers the most comprehensive account to date of the bicycle and its development from a novelty for the elite to transportation for the masses. Frequently wry and always intelligent, Herlihy takes us on a marvellous tour of the bicycle's fascinating history. Peter Joffre Nye, U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame, co-author of The Lance Armstrong Performance Program Bicycle is a fascinating book. David Herlihy is a true historian, and he has uncovered a stunning amount of new material about the history of the bicycle - at times it reads like a detective story. David Gordon Wilson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

About David Herlihy

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.

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GOR002258278
9780300104189
0300104189
Bicycle: The history by David Herlihy
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Yale University Press
20041011
400
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