a new book on bicycles

A two-wheeled tour of modern history / The bicycle’s track record shows it playing a central role in industrialized era:

    Being a lifelong bicyclist — I have used a succession of them as my primary means of transportation for 50 years — I harbor a bias in favor of a book that glorifies the subject. And glorify bicycles David V. Herlihy does. That is unsurprising, given Herlihy’s intense affair with bicycling since his teenage years, which coincided with the importation of European 10-speeds into the United States. Later, he lived in Italy, where he rode a high-quality racing bike.

As one who knows the joy of cycling and want others to experience it too, I’m looking forward to reading the book and understanding better how we got to our present situation in which so few of us bike.