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A social history of the bicycle, its early life and times in America, Hardcover – 1972

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  • Hardcover: 269 pages
  • Publisher: American Heritage Press (1972)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0070584575
  • ISBN-13: 978-0070584570
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.9 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,300,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on April 13, 1998
Format: Hardcover
The bicycle is now thought of as a toy by most people but in the late 19th century they were the impetus for social change. Robert Smith takes us to a world very few know existed; the world of 19th century high technology and social upheaval due to a seemingly inoccuous machine: The bicycle. At a time when the horse was the fastest thing on the road, a man (or woman, heaven forbid) on a bicyle was like today's high-end sportscar. Business people from piano-makers to bar owners villified the bicycle for taking away their business (piano-makers because the bicyles were bought in place of pianos, bar owners because cyclists in training would not drink alcohol!). Women found new freedom on the bicycle, in both athleticism and in fashion: Bloomers were invented to allow women to ride bicycles with modesty intact. A typical spring day would find thousands of cyclists riding the roads around the major cities. Roads were graded for this purpose, road signs were put up to guide them, maps were made to help them on their way, and restaraunts established to feed them. Does this sound familiar today? Robert Smith has opened a door to a fascinating past that everyone should know about.
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I met Professor Smith at California State College (now "University") in the Seventies after reading a review of his book in American Wheelman (now "Bicyclist") magazine. A very sincere scholar, he said he was not a bicyclist himself, but had been fascinated by the influence of the bicycle on our society. His long years of research into the subject are obvious in the book, which traces that influence from its obscure beginnings in the seventeenth century to its popularity in the twentieth century (1970). I am ashamed that I did not purchase his book until January 2012 (forty years after publication) but I'm glad that I did so, as it is an excellent resource for any historian, sociologist, engineer, or (as in my own case) bicycle enthusiast interested in the social (or technological) history of the bicycle.
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I've read several books on the history of bicycles, and I would recommend this as the best. This book contains an incredible amount of detailed information on the development and social/historical impact of bicycling, while being very entertaining to read. It's a shame that it's been allowed to go out of print.
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