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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; New Ed edition (30 Jun. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780300120479
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300120479
  • ASIN: 0300120478
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 2.3 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 866,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 marvelous tour of the bicycle's fascinating history."-- Peter Joffre Nye, U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame and co-author of The Lance Armstrong Performance Program


"David Herlihy's epic "Bicycle: The History" is a comprehensive guide to the early evolution of the bicycle. Filled with anecdotes from the late 19th and early 20th century, along with hundreds of photos, drawings and catalog excerpts, this is a book that can be consumed in bits, browsed or read with careful attention." --Kent Peterson, "Outside"--Kent Peterson "Outside "

"David Herlihy s epic "Bicycle: The History" is a comprehensive guide to the early evolution of the bicycle. Filled with anecdotes from the late 19th and early 20th century, along with hundreds of photos, drawings and catalog excerpts, this is a book that can be consumed in bits, browsed or read with careful attention." Kent Peterson, "Outside"--Kent Peterson "Outside ""

"David Herlihy s epic Bicycle: The History is a comprehensive guide to the early evolution of the bicycle. Filled with anecdotes from the late 19th and early 20th century, along with hundreds of photos, drawings and catalog excerpts, this is a book that can be consumed in bits, browsed or read with careful attention." Kent Peterson, Outside--Kent Peterson "Outside ""

"David Herlihy's epic Bicycle: The History is a comprehensive guide to the early evolution of the bicycle. Filled with anecdotes from the late 19th and early 20th century, along with hundreds of photos, drawings and catalog excerpts, this is a book that can be consumed in bits, browsed or read with careful attention." --Kent Peterson, Outside--Kent Peterson "Outside "

"David Herlihy's epic Bicycle: The History is a comprehensive guide to the early evolution of the bicycle. Filled with anecdotes from the late 19th and early 20th century, along with hundreds of photos, drawings and catalog excerpts, this is a book that can be consumed in bits, browsed or read with careful attention." --Kent Peterson, Outside--Kent Peterson "Outside "

"Profusely and charmingly illustrated."--Richard Eder, Boston Sunday Globe

"[A] wonderful new book. . . . Herlihy combines the thoroughness of a scholar with the dogged investigative skills of a newspaper reporter and presents his finding with a literary flair not normally found in authors who possess thoroughness or doggedness. The result is a fine read sure to be of great interest, if not to 87 million once-a-year riders, then certainly to the 8 million core cyclists."--Stephen Madden, New York Post


"A fascinating historical account of the bicycle, from its conception in the 19th century to the present day, lavishly illustrated, too."--Sara Nelson, New York Post (Required Reading)


"A prodigious researcher vividly recounts the development of a great machine that wasn't fully practical till the 1870's."--The New York Times Book Review


"Immensely absorbing. . . . Herlihy's prodigious research is always entertaining, as are the period illustrations that copiously grace the volume. . . . While reading Bicycle, I was all too often overcome with the desire to jump on my own machine. I would relish having David V. Herlihy as my cycling companion any day."--Edward Koren, New York Times Book Review
"This is a book that ought to fascinate any reader who cares about well-researched, well-written, beautifully illustrated history. . . . Yet to call the book a traditional history is misleading. Herlihy uses brief boxed asides, artwork, photographs, cartoons, technical drawings and other tools to dazzle. . . . Bicycle . . . is compulsively readable."--Steve Weinberg, San Francisco Chronicle

"Herlihy's book gives a history of the bicycle from its painful beginnings right through to the amazingly technical machines available now."--Toby Clements, The Telegraph


"A definitive look at the bicycle."--Craig Wilson, USA Today


"Mr. Herlihy concentrates on [the bicycle's] social history, especially its manufacturers and riders. Culling from the popular press, he builds a very readable account of the public perception of the bicycle as it moved from one stage to another. The book is also one of the best-illustrated histories I have ever seen. It is a delight to leaf through."--Robert Messenger, Wall Street Journal


"The reader is taken on a joy ride of stories, fact and anecdotes. . . . Herlihy deserves praise for his exhaustive research. . . . I'm glad he invited us along for the ride."--Colman McCarthy, Washington Post & Chicago Sun Times


"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. . . . Dozens of attractive images enrich the story and could be issued as a worthwhile book of their own. Highly recommended for all academic collections."--Library Journal


"A comprehensive genealogy of the two-wheeled savior of mass transit. . . . The author's vivid account of this story could not be more detailed if Herlihy himself had personally lived through every experience he recounts. . . . Herlihy takes what could have been just another history book and makes it a story worth telling your friends about."--Publishers Weekly


"Herlihy's book exhibits the rare combination of absolute scholarly rigor with an easily readable style, and it will appeal to anyone interested in the history of bicycling."--American Heritage of Invention & Technology


"Herlihy's book exhibits the rare combination of absolute scholarly rigor with an easily readable style, and it will appeal to anyone interested in the history of bicycling."--American Heritage of Invention & Technology


"[A] lovingly written and beautifully illustrated volume. . . . There's no need to be a cyclist to enjoy this ride."--David Schoonmaker, American Scientist


"If you could only own one book on bicycle history, Bicycle is it. David's account is not only thorough and accurate, but offers a great read to both the aficionado and those new to the bicycle world. A great addition to anyone's library."--Jill DiMauro, Owner Proteus Bicycles, "Bicycles through the Ages" hands on mobile bicycle exhibit


"The bicycle's history is rife with confusion and myth, so it's wonderful to have David Herlihy's thoroughly researched and delightfully written account to set the record of this remarkable and important invention straight."--Jim Langley, Cycling Writer


"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 marvelous tour of the bicycle's fascinating history."--Peter Joffre Nye, U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame and 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, professor, MIT and co-author, Bicycling Science, and Human-Powered Vehicles


About the Author

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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