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Boston's Cycling Craze, 1880-1900: A Story of Race, Sport, and Society

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From 1877 to 1896, the popularity of bicycles increased exponentially, and Boston was in on it from the start. The Boston Bicycle Club was the first in the nation, and the city's cyclists formed the nucleus of a new national organization, the League of American Wheelmen. The sport was becoming a craze, and Massachusetts had the largest per capita membership in the league i ...more
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Published May 15th 2014 by University of Massachusetts Press
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Aug 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Learned a ton for our naming ceremony for the city's first cargo electric assist trike, named after Kittie. I loved learning that UMass Boston has so many bike-related archives, and I also really enjoyed the deeper dive into some of the local bike history. Important to understand just how vicious and cruel many of the popularly reported white riders and clubs were in the post Civil War north (not just the south). A good read for Boston area cycle nerds. 🚲💜 ...more
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Jul 21, 2022 rated it really liked it
The book provides interesting glimpses into the history of cycling in the Boston area. The chapters are not really chapters in a continuing narrative, but more akin to individual magazine articles.
Jul 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thank you Lorenz Finison! You did so much unearthing of history and give such a perspective on the racism at the turn of the last century. Greatly appreciated.

The strength of this book is NOT seen in lively writing, to be warned.

BJ  Brown
Aug 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Even though I could ride a bicycle since I was five, I never gave cycling's history much thought: how did those 19th century high wheelers even stay upright, much less evolve into my 1967 blue Schwinn? The changing social role of the growth of cycling is equally complex: social clubs, parades, organized rides, road and track races all reinforced social norms by gender, race and class while offering opportunities for an exceptional few to break into new roles. This is a history book--and an easy ...more
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