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The Lost Cyclist by David V. Herlihy
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A pure delight for any cyclist or history buff, Herlihy's prose explores the days when cyclist-adventurers (called 'wheelmen') were modern-day Magellans. There were many bicycle expeditions made in the late 19th century, and Herlihy gives us a sampling of each, but the most invigorating of all is the tale of Frank Lenz, who abandoned his desk job in Pittsburgh for enlightenment-attainment and record-setting purposes. His disappearance somewhere in Central Asia prompted a national fever of speculation, one that I was easily swept up in as I read. --from my staff picks review
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