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The History of Cycling in Fifty Bikes From the Velocipede to the Pinarello: The Bicycles that Have Shaped the World,9781623361310

The History of Cycling in Fifty Bikes From the Velocipede to the Pinarello: The Bicycles that Have Shaped the World

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Format: Hardcover
Pub. Date: 10/15/2013
Publisher(s): Rodale Books
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Summary

The invention of the bicycle changed history by democratizing travel for the first time. The common manóand importantly the common womanócould now afford to travel at reasonable speed without the need of a horse. Instead of walking just 10 miles a day on foot, a healthy individual could now ride up to 80 miles on a cycle at a relatively modest cost.

Today, despite the prevalence of the car, the bicycle is as important as ever. More cycles appear on city streets each year, offering healthy, pollution-free transport. Commuters cycle to work through congested traffic, urban hire-bike schemes are increasingly common, and the sports of road and track racing continue to gain in popularity.

For an invention with a history of just 200 years, the simple bicycle has changed the world in many ways. From the Velocipede to the Pinarello, The History of Cycling in Fifty Bikes by Tom Ambrose relates this history by telling the stories of 50 iconic machines that have shaped the world.

Author Biography

TOM AMBROSE studied history at Trinity College, Dublin, and gained a postgraduate degree at University College, London. Initially working in advertising, Tom switched to producing and directing television documentaries before becoming a full-time writer. He lives in the UK.

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