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Geist, an avid cyclist and member of the 1920 U. S. A. Olympic Cycling Committee, writes an interesting, informative “how-to” book, in which he argues there is a resurgence in interest developing.  Though American wheels are improving, they are still far behind Europe’s.

King, Arthur H. J.  Awheel to the Arctic Circle.  London: W. J. Fowler & Son, Ltd., 1940.  {4566214}

An Englishman, King spent two months in the summer, 1938, riding north from Germany through Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and East Prussia.

Lindquist, Willis.  “On Danish by-lanes: An American cycles through the quaint city of lace, the curiosity town where time stands still, and even finds a frontier in the farming kingdom.” National Geographic (January, 1940), 1-34.

Newman, Bernard (1897-1968).  Savoy! Corsica! Tunis! Mussolini’s dream lands.  London: H. Jenkins, 1940.  {2300390}

In 1939 Newman followed the Maginot Line south along the French border and then went from Nice to Corsica and on to Tunis to see the lands Mussolini craved.  Newman returned to England five days before the war he had dreaded began.

Young, James Philip (1908-) and Elisabeth Larsh (1910-).  Bicycle built for two.  Portland, OR: Binfords and Mort, 1940.  {7929805}

They rode from San Francisco to the Atlantic at Virginia Beach and then back to attend the 75th anniversary celebration of the Battle of Gettysburg.  They claim this to be the first tandem crossing from west to east, the longest tandem trip in the United States and the longest mixed tandem trip in the world.

1941

Downing, Rupert (1901-). If I laugh: the chronicle of my strange adventures in the great Paris exodus—June 1940.  London: G.G. Harrap, 1941.  {2078895}

Mariboe, William Herbert. “The bicycle in America to 1900.” M.A. Thesis, Oberlin College,

1941.

An interesting, readable look at the early years of bicycling in the United States.

Newman, Bernard (1897-1968).  American journey.  London: Robert Hale Limited, 1943.

In 1942 the Ministry of Information sent Newman to North America to learn more about

England's allies and reduce the impact of Nazi propaganda.  He toured the United States

and Canada, with a few interesting references involving borrowed bicycles.

Skinner, Cornelia Otis (1901-1979).  Soap behind the ears.  New York: Dodd, Mead and

Company, 1941. {674658}

This collection of essays includes “Bicycle built for one,” in which she discusses her unsuccessful attempt to get into shape by bicycling.  She also recalls her youthful involvement with the wheel.

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