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The History of Cycling in Fifty Bikes Hardcover – 2 Sep 2013


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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (2 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752499440
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752499444
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 2.3 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 584,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Cook on 6 Nov. 2014
Format: Paperback
Superficially a very interesting and well presented book. However, on further study, you will find it has obvious factual errors. An example: in the chapter on Colnagos it shows a picture of a modern disc braked Colnago road bike with the description "The bike on which Tony Rominger would break the world hour record in 1984". As you look through the book you will find more errors so it makes you think that maybe much of the stuff on early nineteenth century bikes is also a bit dodgy too. A pity, because it's a nice idea and it could have been so much better with better research.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E.P. Cyclic on 19 April 2014
Format: Hardcover
I hate to be critical of what was plainly a well-intentioned book. Unfortunately, it's full of errors and dubious interpretations. One gets the impression that the hapless author is new to this highly complex subject and has been dropped in at the deep end, with a tight publishing deadline. He has, it seems, made some effort to consult major works on some of the topics covered but there is scant evidence of consultation with experts in the topics covered, many of whom would have been pleased to check drafts, advise and steer the author in the right direction. It would be tempting to give it just one star but sentiment and sympathy has just tipped the balance to two stars. One and half would be nearer the mark.
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As D. Cook says, this book is a missed opportunity, with many illustrations un-labelled or mislabelled. The text contains many, many silly errors: 211 lbs, instead of 21.1 lbs, Mike Burrows gets renamed 'Mike Brewer', a picture purporting to be the Coventry lever tricycle is not (not a clue what it is), the text states that the Rover Safety bicycle had wheels nearly equal-sized and then goes on to state the wheels are equal-sized a couple of sentences later.
However, it has now become entertainment in itself to spot these daft errors, so a benefit of sorts!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Moya Collins on 2 Jan. 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Present for my son who is a keen cyclist and he thoroughly enjoyed the history and information contained within the book.
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If you are interested in how the modern bike got to look like the thing the most recent winners of the TdeF rode, this is a interesting way of explaining its delevopmemt. A very good read for anybody who rode a bike 20 years (or more) ago and interested in what's been happening since. Great book.
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Clever. Extraordinary. Lovely. Great. Hypnotic. Addictive. Fun. Interesting. Special. Lovable. Nice. ........ I've run out of adjectives
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