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1879

Pratt, Charles E[adward] (1845-1898).  The American bicycler: a manual for the observer, the

learner, and the expert. Boston: Houghton Good and Company, 1879.  {13792938}

A short (200 pages) encyclopedia containing information on the history and development

of the bicycle, a thorough grounding in its manufacture, including naming component

parts, riding lessons, rules of the road, tours in New England, information on racing and

clubs, literature of the wheel, and notable records.

1880

Dalton, J. G. (1828-1898).  Lyra bicyclical: forty poets on the wheel.  Boston: Cambridge

University Press: John Wilson & Son, 1880.

Nauticus [Reade, Charles Edward], (1842-).  Nauticus on his hobby horse:  Or the adventures of

a sailor during a tricycle cruise of 1427 miles.  London: William Ridgeway, 1880.

(2007 Reprint by Kessinger Publishing’s Legacy Reprints)

Reade made three journeys around England on a Coventry rotary tricycle he called

“Chummy.” He found it the ideal way to travel, even if the roads left a lot to be desired,

downhills proved treacherous and people often inadvertently misdirected him.

[Pratt, Charles Eadward] (1845-1898).  “A wheel around the hub,” Scribner’s Monthly, XIX

(February, 1880), 481-499.

Forty riders representing several different bicycle clubs took two days to ride one

hundred and five miles around Boston, Massachusetts.

1881

Chandler, Alfred D. (1847-1923) (president) and Sharp, John C. (Captain), Suffolk Bicycle Club.

A bicycle tour in England and Wales.  Boston: A. Williams & Co., 1881.  {13018199}

A report of a month’s bicycle tour through England in 1879.  They rode from London for a week and then returned for fresh clothes and news.  This is one of the earliest bicycle travel books available.  

Howland, Edward. “A bicycle era.”  Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, LXIII (July, 1881), 281-286.

A brief history of the bicycle over the previous fifty years.  Howland described the

founding of the Bicycle Touring Club in England and the League of American Wheelmen

(today the League of American Bicyclists) in the United States.

1883

Nauticus [Reade, Charles Edward], (1842-).  Nauticus in Scotland: a tricycle tour of 2462 miles.

including Skye and the West Coast.  London: Simkin, Marshall & Co., 1883.  {4292461}

1884

Foster, S. Conant.  Wheel songs: poems of bicycling.  New York:  White, Stokes, & Allen, 1884.  

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