A concise but revealing history of the bicycle over 200 years
The updated and expanded edition of the first book on the history and development of the mountain bike. In addition to the authors description of the origins and history of the mountain bike, the book includes contributions on personal experience by mountain bike pioneer Charlie Kelly and on the current and future development of the mountain bike by Rob van der Plas. The book contains approx. 100 black-and-white photographs and othe rillustrations. -- Frank Berto
Cycling: A Sociology of Vélomobility explores cycling as a sociological phenomenon. Drawing on extensive ethnographic fieldwork, it considers the interaction of materials, competencies and meanings that comprise a variety of cycling practices. What might appear at first to be self-evident actions are shown to be constructed through the interplay of numerous social and political forces. Using a theoretical framework from mobilities studies, its central themes respond to the question of what it is about cycling that provokes so much interest and passion, both positive and negative. Individual chapters consider how cycling has appeared as theme and illustration in social theory, as well as the legacies of these theorizations. The book expands on the image of cycling practices as the product of an assemblage of technology, rider and environment. Riding spaces as material technologies are found to be as important as the machinery of the cycle, and a distinction is made between routes and rides to help interpret aspects of journey-making. Ideas of both affordance and script are used to explore how elements interact in performance to create sensory and experiential scapes. Consideration is also given to the changing identities of cycling practices in historical and geographical perspective. The book adds to existing research by extending the theorization of cycling mobilities. It engages with both current and past debates on the place of cycling in mobility systems and the problems of researching, analyzing and communicating ephemeral mobile experiences.
Through a historical analysis of the bicycle industry, this book explores how the bicycle was developed, manufactured and marketed, from its origins in the late nineteenth century to the present day. The author highlights the contributions made by the bicycle industry to marketing as it is understood today, tracing key innovations in product development and marketing. Addressing a gap in the literature, this book provides an insightful history of marketing practice for one of the most important products of the twentieth century.
Relive the birth of the sport and the invention of the machine. In this fascinating book, Frank Berto, former engineering editor of Bicycling magazine, leaves no stone unturned in his quest for the truth about the beginnings of mountain biking and the invention of the mountain bike. Illustrated with numerous period documents and vivid photographs by two of the early pioneers themselves (Wende Cragg and Erik Koski), this book should put an end to the question of who invented the mountain bike. At the same time, it will let you experience the pioneering days of the sport for yourself.
Cycling is hugely popular nowadays. Since 2003 more than 100 million bikes have been produced each year, more than twice the amount of cars. And in 2011, more than 741,000 people cycled to work, an increase of 90,000 from 2001. The Splendid Book of the Bicycle is a wide-ranging celebration of the bicycle and cycling, incorporating social history, sport and science. It covers the bicycle s invention and subsequent historical development, stories of intrepid early cyclists who travelled the world, the 20th-century popularity of cycle touring, and the depiction of bicycles in films, books and art. It examines the sport of cycling, including histories of the Tour de France and the other great European races, the Giro d Italia and Vuelta a España, and goes on to explore velodrome-based cycling and the rise of BMX and mountain biking. It investigates the science behind balance and aerodynamics, and covers the future of bicycles, including innovative flying, floating and electric bikes. It also touches on the technical aspects of bicycles, including an exploded diagram of a typical bike and tips for basic maintenance of your own bike. Beautifully illustrated with vintage and modern images, this book is a perfect gift for both bike obsessives and general readers.
The Girls' Bicycle Handbook is for women cyclists everywhere who need practical no-nonsense advice and information on cycling, and cycling in style. Whether you're a committed bike commuter or a complete novice, cycling entrepreneur and blogger Caz Nicklin gives the low-down on making cycling part of your lifestyle. From choosing the right bike for your needs to looking stylish and comfortable whatever the weather, and from combatting 'helmet hair' to road safety and fast repairs, The Girls' Bicycle Handbook tells you everything you need to know about life on two wheels.
Part Two of Two : Go to Part One Alternative Category: Dark Fantasy Chip is now with his dad, something he'd wanted for a long time. But things are not all around better for Chip. He is now further away from Johnny and all the conveniences he'd gotten accustomed to are suddenly gone. At this point he's wishing for Johnny to be able to be with him. He's about to get his wish. Meanwhile Johnny's still putting the pieces together trying to figure out what he needs to in time to help someone as well as Chip.
In 1889, twenty-five-year old Lemuel Dearce heads for Chicago where he gets swept up in the country's new craze: bicycles. Hiring on as a worker in a bicycle manufacturing plant, he masters the technology and seeks to apply it as a bicycle repairman. This takes him to Minneapolis in 1893, a city in the full grip of bicycle mania. By 1910, married with three children, he watches his dream of a career in bicycles collapse as the automobile takes center stage. Lemuel then gets caught up in the widespread enthusiasm for scientific farming of dry lands out west. He brings his family to eastern Montana where he files a homestead claim on a desolate patch of prairie. Hardships and separations plague the family. But by 1917 he manages to secure legal title to the land, only to see it devastated by the drought of 1918. With his dreams in tatters, Lemuel once again searches for a new beginning.
A bicycle standard of living -- But today we collect ads -- Cycling in a new key -- Who killed Roger Rabbit's Moulton? -- Really, what makes a bike? -- History repeats itself, once more -- Alternative wheels -- Vanished into the clouds -- Yesterday's tomorrow is not today -- Clip-on, plug-in, burn-out
This book is about events in my country, Sierra Leone, from the time it attains independence from the British to present-day life in Sierra Leone .The aim of the book is to chart the issue of corruption in Sierra Leone and the effect it is having in promoting underdevelopment in the country. Since its independence in April 27, 1961, the country has had few military and civilian governments. And throughout this period, the country has gone from crisis to crisis, and it is all man-made. The country has gone through both military and civilian dictatorship, which resulted in a civil war that lasted for ten years. The main cause of this crisis is the issue of corruption and nepotism. In Sierra Leone is not what you know but is who you know that will propel you for a brighter future. The aim of my book is to help highlight some of the corruption in the country and how the civilian population will help to fight it so we can put our beloved Sierra Leone, with its huge natural resources like gold, diamonds, and oil, to full use for the benefit of everyone in the country. Sierra Leone deserves to be one of the most developed nations on earth, but because of the greed of certain people in high places, the country is ranked as one of the least developed countries in the world. If countries like Denmark who only produce cheese can be counted in the league of developed nations, surely Sierra Leone and many other African countries can take a leaf from those Scandinavian countries.
The next time you see a fish symbol on a car, think of Fish on a Bicycle. This spiritual memoir by Kerry Bunnard is one man's journey toward finding his spiritual center. In his own words: "I was a successful businessman with a loving wife and daughters, but was miserable, almost suicidal. I couldn't make my life on the outside match up with how I felt on the inside. I rejected organized religion but longed for a relationship with God/Spirit. One day I had an epiphany of supernatural proportions that forced me to go in search of myself, my spiritual self. I discovered a well kept secret, my own connection with God that allowed me (or anyone) to have an individual relationship with God/Spirit. I want to share this experience with the hope that others will find their own connection if they desire one. This book will give them a place to start or an alternative to cultural or traditional options."
When author Carla Fountain set off on her year-long cycling journey, she expected new discoveries about the world. But she hadn’t anticipated a shocking rediscovery of herself. Bicycle Odyssey, a travel memoir, follows Carla and her husband, Dermot, as they embark on a challenging bicycling adventure that not only tests their survival skills, but ultimately their relationship. Armed with a will to persevere, they face unexpected danger and a cultural learning curve that nearly costs one of them their lives. In a time before modern conveniences, these two travelers off the beaten path lived disconnected from all communication. No cell phones to call home. No ATM for quick cash. No internet cafes to send a message. Relying solely on themselves, and a few helpful angels along the way, they experienced the lush beauty of Uganda, the welcoming people of Vietnam, the isolated mountains and hill tribes of Thailand, the terror of traffic in India, and the magic of Bali. Their journey did not end the moment they stepped foot at home. In fact, it continued for almost three decades as the couple digested the trip and acted on the lessons they learned. By telling their story, they hope to inspire and give confidence to others in pursuing dreams. Told with vivid observation about the world and the people in it, Bicycle Odyssey shares the story of a rich and enlightening pilgrimage.
"A gem of a book. LeBlanc brings the women she studies to life, leading us down the side streets and back alleys of Tokyo suburbia, trundling along on a clunker bicycle, and exploring how homemakers get involved in the grassroots level of politics."—Glenda Roberts, author of Staying on the Line
"A gem of a book. LeBlanc brings the women she studies to life, leading us down the side streets and back alleys of Tokyo suburbia, trundling along on a clunker bicycle, and exploring how homemakers get involved in the grassroots level of politics."--Glenda Roberts, author of Staying on the Line
Tracing the role of nineteenthcentury women and rhetoric in transforming the bicycle Although the impact of the bicycle craze of the late nineteenth century on women's lives has been well documented, rarely have writers considered the role of women's rhetorical agency in the transformation of bicycle culture and the bicycle itself. In Claiming the Bicycle, Sarah Hallenbeck argues that through their collective rhetorical activities, women who were widely dispersed in space, genre, and intention negotiated proper uses for the bicycle, destabilizing cultural assumptions about femininity and gender difference. Making a significant contribution to studies of feminist rhetorical historiography, rhetorical agency, and technical communication, Claiming the Bicycle asserts the utility of a distributed or "collected" model of rhetorical agency and accounts for the efforts of widely dispersed actors to harness technology in promoting social change.
The Bicycle Book is an extraordinary celebration of the history of cycling from BMX and mountain biking, to track and road racing. Take a ride through the sport's history and discover classic and cutting-edge bicycles, following the evolution of cycling throughout the decades. Perfect for anyone with a love for cycling, The Bicycle Book features the latest high-performance bikes and cycling technology, along with profiles of famous cyclists, and iconic manufacturers and brands. With up-close images, maps, and histories of key races and competitions, The Bicycle Book is a stylish and fascinating addition to any enthusiast's collection.