The Two-Wheeled World of George B. Thayer (Hardback)
  • The Two-Wheeled World of George B. Thayer (Hardback)
zoom

The Two-Wheeled World of George B. Thayer (Hardback)

(author)
£21.99
Hardback 280 Pages / Published: 01/11/2015
  • We can order this

Usually dispatched within 2 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket

Cyclotourism has recently risen to prominence with growing national media coverage and thousands of participants taking to America's roadways on two wheels and under their own pedal power.

But the concept is not new. More than a century ago, George B. Thayer took his own first "century," or one-hundred-mile bicycle ride. The Two-Wheeled World of George B. Thayer brings to life the experience of late nineteenth-century cycling through the heartfelt story of this important cycling pioneer.

In 1886, just two years after his first century, Thayer rode his high wheeler across the United States, traveling from his home in Connecticut to California and back. Thayer took an indirect route without any intent to set speed records, but his trip was full of adventure nonetheless. Thayer loved going downhill, his legs over the handlebars, risking life and limb atop the large wheel on often rough and muddy roads. With aplomb and humor, he dealt with the countless other hazards he encountered, including dogs, mule teams, and wild hogs. Even bad weather and poor sleeping conditions could not keep Thayer down.

After his epic tour across the United States, Thayer had the urge to cycle abroad and eventually toured England, Germany, Belgium, and Canada on his bike. His later travels were in part aided by his hometown of Hartford, Connecticut, which was the epicenter of American bicycle manufacturing in the late 1890s. In addition to telling Thayer's cycling story, Kevin J. Hayes brings to life the culture of cycling and its rise at the end of the nineteenth century, when bikes became more affordable and the nation's riding craze took off.

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 9780803255258
Number of pages: 280
Weight: 825 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Lively writing and thorough research in original sources makes The Two-Wheeled World of George B. Thayer a worthwhile addition to the literatures of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century sports and cultural history."-James Whiteside, Annals of Iowa -- James Whiteside * Annals of Iowa *
"Hayes relates Thayer's cycling journeys as not only feats of physical endurance, but the philosophical journeys of a deep-thinking and deep-feeling man."-Kylie Kinley, Nebraska History -- Kylie Kinley * Nebraska History *
"All readers will find this book entertaining and educational. . . . A fine read."-Neil R. Nicholson, Journal of Sport History -- Neil R. Nicholson * Journal of Sport History *

You may also be interested in...

Stalin
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
The Shadow of the Sun
Added to basket
D-Day
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
A Little History of the World
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
The Hollow Crown
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
The Spartans
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
Witches
Added to basket
£11.99
Paperback
Making Sense of the Troubles
Added to basket
The First World War
Added to basket
The Balkans
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
Waterloo
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
Rubicon
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
Homage to Catalonia
Added to basket
Anything Goes
Added to basket
£13.99
Paperback

Reviews

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.