The Lost Cyclist


David V. Herlihy began with the award-winning book Bicycle: The History, described as “an impressively researched study of the bicycle from its invention in the 1860s to its zenith of popularity in the last years of the 19th century.” More recently, his book The Lost Cyclist (link to review on Powells) concerns an American adventurer who attempted to circle the world by bike but disappeared in Turkey. I like the idea of a few well-researched books loaning an element of mystery and fascination to such a healthy and environmentally positive way to get around. As someone I know pointed out, there’s something awfully backwards about people paying to drive to work, and then paying more to cycle on a stationary bike in a gym when they’d ideally simply get to work on a bike.


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