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Wray, J. Harry.  Pedal power:  The quiet rise of the bicycle in American public life.  Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers, 2008. {182573573}

Wray convincingly outlines the methods in use by bicyclists across the United States to help shift the nation from its dependence on the automobile.  He regularly teaches  political science courses at DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois, in which he leads bicycle rides through the city for his students.  He argues persuasively that while the automobile separates and isolates people, the bicycle enhances community and the environment.


Byrne, David (1952-). Bicycle Diaries New York: Penguin Books, 2009. {316327123}

He travels with a folding bicycle to ride in various cities around the world, not because it is ecologically worthy, which it is, but because it is liberating and exhilarating. Much of this is commentary on contemporary life, but there are some fascinating insights on bicycle culture, including a wonderful description of New York’s Great Five Boro Bike Ride, held annually in early May.

Koss, Geof. “The Cyclist Vanishes.”  American History (vol. 243, February, 2009).

Kurmaskie, Joe (1965-) and Beth Biagini Kurmaskie.  Mud, sweat and gears: A rowdy family bike adventure across Canada on seven wheels.  New York: Breakaway Books, 2009. {456178139}

Veisz, Lorraine.  Conquering the borderlands: A southern tier journal.  Authorhouse, 2009. {464694774}

Weir, Willie (1961-). Travels with Willie—Adventure cyclist.  Pine Leaf Publications, 2009. {401584530}


Herlihy, David V.  The Lost Cyclist: The Epic Tale of an American Adventurer and His Mysterious Disappearance.  Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010. {427704475}

Frank Lenz reversed the wheel tracks of Thomas Stevens and Allen and Sachtleben.  After successfully crossing North America, Japan, China, Burma and India, he disappeared approaching Constantinople.  Despite a gallant search by William Sachtleben, Lenz’s body was never found and his killers escaped justice.  A readable tale of the only late 19th century globe girdler to be murdered en route.

Taylor, Michael.  “Rapid Transit to Salvation: American Protestants and the Bicycle in the Era of the Cycling Craze.” Journal of the GildedAge and Progressive Era, IX (July, 2010).

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