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

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The invention of the bicycle changed history by democratizing travel for the first time. The common man—and importantly the common woman—could 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 preva
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Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 15th 2013 by Rodale Books (first published September 2nd 2013)
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Ron S
Nov 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
Factual errors, poor editing and lay-out along with a lot of very questionable choices and a wandering focus makes this one of those books that takes a great, simple idea and falls down miserably in its execution. Of possible value as a gift to a beginner cyclist largely unfamiliar with its history and a curiosity expected to remain limited.
Elliot Lyons
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
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The History of Cycling in Fifty Bikes By Tom Ambrose. So this book is about the History of Cycling in Fifty Bikes and what bikes changed us throughout time, like the Elswick sports bike “putting ladies in the saddle” and how people were trying to figure out if women needed bikes made specifically for them or not.

This book is telling you about how we got the bikes we all know and love today the book has no characters just a narrator it take place from 1779-1997 from Vienna Austria to
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Doug Cornelius
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017, cycling
I found the book to be a mixed bag. Some of the early items show the progress of cycling and capture the rich history. Others, like the Specialized Tarmac, come across as ads for the company, rather than contributing to the narrative history of cycling.
Raewyn
Apr 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: hclib
First off, the title of this books is misleading. I would suggest something like, "The British citizens' guide to the history of cycling in fifty things & people"

As others have said this book is repetitive and has some very strange choices as to what counts as one of the "50 bikes" including things like group sets or manufactures.

It's also incredibly UK centric. Wiggins and sky are referred to as often as possible.

The last major issue is with editing and fact checking. Cycling is my sport so g
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Jeff
Oct 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: bicycling
Ball bearings, the differential, vulcanized, inflated rubber tires, women's lib & good roads. We owe a lot to the bicycle and the inventors who slaved to develop a better way for man to power his own movement. Amazing how a metal contraption drove toward the entire progress of transportation, & social mores. ...more
Brandon
Apr 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Pretty informative. It skips a lot of things, but that's the problem with bicycle books. The bike is so ubiquitous and yet distinct to its various regions of the world. As such there will always be too much information to cover in any single book without disappointing a lot of people with your necessary choice of omissions. Worth a read, but not my favorite on the subject.
Brucie
Oct 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: real-life-story
comprehensive and trivial
Maureen
Dec 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Sloppily edited and some things are not what I would have chosen. It was also not quite as the title implied since it was 50 bikes and/or bike stories.
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