The Bicycle

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St Martins Press, 1996 - Sports & Recreation - 217 pages
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The Bicycle explores the rich and varied history of cycles and cyclists beginning in the early 19th century, when "running machines" caught the fancy of the fashionable world in Europe, and goes on to explore the bicycle's "Golden Age" in the 1890s. By the early 20th century, bicycle technology was also being used in the automobile and aviation industries, while ironically, the popularity of the bicycle itself declined. Today, however, the overcrowding and pollution of our cities has shown the automobile to be a dangerous and unviable solution to the future of transportation, and bicycle clubs and pressure groups have once again presided over a boom in leisure cycling. In this beautifully designed volume, an extraordinary compilation of visual material drawn from the author's collection of antique bicycles, posters, prints and memorabilia - one of the largest private collections in the world - is supplemented by a wealth of previously unpublished documents on technology, bicycle clubs, and cycle racing. An international list of cycling organizations and collections, as well as a bibliography including magazines and other publications will make this book indispensable for cycling enthusiasts of all kinds.

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This is a truly fascinating and well written history of the origin of bicycles. With the advent of the automobile its easy to ignore the great engineering triumph that the bicycle represented in the ... Read full review

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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. Herlihy ... Read full review


Introduction by David V Herlihy
Running Machines
Introducing the Pedal

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About the author (1996)

About the Author:
A ballet, vaudville, and jazz dancer, Roger Pryor Dodge was both a musician and a leading jazz critic, writing for such periodicals as Jazz, Jazz Monthly, and The Record Changer. He died in 1974.
About the Editor:
Pryor Dodge is a classical musician, freelance writer, and the son of Roger Pryor Dodge. He is currently preparing a book on the history of the bicycle for the French publisher Flammarion.

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