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Two Wheels Good

Two Wheels Good : The History and Mystery of the Bicycle

Author: Jody Rosen

£10.99

Availability: 1 in stock (can be backordered)

Format:Paperback

Page Count:416

Date Published:17 Aug 2023

ISBN:9780099593591

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Synopsis

**SHORTLISTED FOR THE SUNDAY TIMES SPORTS BOOK AWARDS 2023**

‘Full of delightful anecdotes and interviews and fascinating historical tales’ Mail on Sunday

A panoramic portrait of the wonderous vehicle whose passenger is also its engine. A toy, a tool, a liberator, or complete nuisance: the bicycle has been many things to many people over the decades, yet it endures as the most popular form of transport in the world. How has such a simple machine achieved so much?Combining history, travelogue and memoir, Jody Rosen reshapes our understanding of this ubiquitous vehicle from its invention in 1817 to its present-day renaissance as a ‘green machine’.

Readers meet unforgettable characters: women’s suffragists who steered bikes to the barricades in the 1890s, a Bhutanese king who races mountain bikes in the Himalayas, astronauts who ride a floating bicycle in zero gravity. By examining the bicycle’s past and peering into its future, Two Wheels Good forms a joyful ode to an engineering marvel of global importance.

‘Funny, precise, surprising’ Adam Gopnik

‘Love for two-wheeled transport runs through every sentence’ Economist

‘Wry, rich, deeply researched’ Patrick Radden Keefe

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