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Two wheels. A frame. Two pedals. What could be simpler than a bicycle?
And yet the bike – old, and cheap, and slightly comic – continues to inspire a passionate following. Since the millennium its use in Britain has doubled, and then doubled again. Thousands now cycle to work, and more take it up every day. In trial after trial, it is the bike which reaches its urban destination faster than the car, the bus, the underground or the pedestrian. Self-reliant and straightforward, cycling has recycled itself. It is an antiquated idea, and its time has finally come.
But what is it about the bicycle that so enchants us? And why do its devotees become so obsessed with it?
Acclaimed author Bella Bathurst takes us on a journey through cycling's best stories and strangest incarnations, from the bicycle as weapon of twentieth-century warfare to the secret life of couriers and the alchemy of framebuilding. With a cast of characters including the woman who watercycled across the Channel, the man who raced India’s Deccan Queen train and several of today’s top cyclists, she offers us a brilliantly engaging portrait of cycling’s past, present and world-conquering future.
The result is a story of passion and obsession, of exultation, endeavour, and risk. Above all, it is the story of partnership between man and machine, perfectly balanced – a story of love and souplesse.
Wonderful book that ended all too quickly. Great facts and lots of super information.Published 1 day ago by La Kennedy
An extremely readable style and a very wide-ranging look at cycling from many angles. Often amusing and always entertaining. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Dorothy Maud Jenkinson
Bought this as a present for a push biking girl friend of mine who does a lot of that cross country stuff. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Sterling
My husband has enjoyed this book because of its unusual insights into the tour de France, its origins and politics. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Sally Phillips
Firstly I must admit I didn't buy this book. I will explain; Initially I was very interested in buying it. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Mr. J. Perry