The bicycle is a curious vehicle. Its passenger is its engine. - John Howard
Life is like riding a bicycle - in order to keep your balance, you must keep moving. - Albert Einstein
£16.95 (inc. VAT)
The Illustrated Story of Cycling by Jim McGurn. Previously published in 1987 by John Murray, this is an updated edition with many new illustrations. It tells the colourful story of cycling: from dandies on hobbyhorses to the present day. This book shows how the status of cycling continually bobbed up and down the social scale.
On Your Bicycle will appeal to anyone interested in people and their ways, rather than pure technology: although technological developments and the social role of cycling are closely linked. It’s a story of loud clubmen on penny farthings, of aristocracy awheel during the cycling boom of the 1890s, and of what happened when lower prices put bicycles into the hands of the working classes.
Jim McGurn is the author of nine books on cycling, and has published and edited several cycling magazines, including Bike Culture Quarterly. He is Chief Executive of Get Cycling, a community interest company promoting cycling.
210 pages, softback, 120 images including 16 colour plates. 230x180mm portrait