- Tapa blanda: 480 páginas
- Editor: Yale University Press; Edición: New ed (30 de junio de 2006)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 9780300120479
- ISBN-13: 978-0300120479
- ASIN: 0300120478
- Valoración media de los clientes: Sé el primero en opinar sobre este producto
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº387.328 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros (Ver el Top 100 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros)
Bicycle: The History: The History (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 30 jun 2006
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"David Herlihy's epic Bicycle: The History is a comprehensive guide to the early evolution of the bicycle. Filled with anecdotes from the late 19th and early 20th century, along with hundreds of photos, drawings and catalog excerpts, this is a book that can be consumed in bits, browsed or read with careful attention." -Kent Peterson, Outside -- Kent Peterson Outside
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During the nineteenth century, the bicycle evoked an exciting new world in which even a poor person could travel afar and at will. But was the "mechanical horse" truly destined to usher in a new era of road travel or would it remain merely a plaything for dandies and schoolboys? In Bicycle: The History (named by Outside magazine as the #1 book on bicycles), David Herlihy recounts the saga of this far-reaching invention and the passions it aroused. The pioneer racer James Moore insisted the bicycle would become "as common as umbrellas." Mark Twain was more skeptical, enjoining his readers to "get a bicycle. You will not regret it-if you live." Because we live in an age of cross-country bicycle racing and high-tech mountain bikes, we may overlook the decades of development and ingenuity that transformed the basic concept of human-powered transportation into a marvel of engineering. This lively and engrossing history retraces the extraordinary story of the bicycle-a history of disputed patents, brilliant inventions, and missed opportunities. Herlihy shows us why the bicycle captured the public's imagination and the myriad ways in which it reshaped our world.Ver Descripción del producto
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Unfortunately, the two most critical reviews on Amazon make me wonder whether the reviewers actually read the book at all. Herlihy devotes a great deal of attention to "the bicycle's impact on women in the late nineteenth century," which one reviewer claimed "receives hardly any treatment at all." Herlihy points out that the "safety" bicycle sparked a boom in American and European sales in the 1890s primarily because it appealed to women, as the earlier high-wheeler had not, and that women's fashions, participation in cycling sports, bicycle touring, and relationships with men all began to change as a result. This same reviewer claimed that "the religious aspects of cycling during the heyday of 'muscular Christianity' (1880-1920) are completely neglected." Again, not true (see page 186). Finally, this reviewer claimed that "this book is also geographically biased, concentrating, rather predictably, on Europe and New England." Why "rather predictably"? Perhaps because nineteenth-century bicycles (to which Herlihy devotes three-fourths of his book) were produced almost entirely in Europe and New England! When Herlihy gets to the twentieth century, he deals with the other centers of bicycle popularity and production that emerged.
Another reviewer gave the book only one star, asserting (among other things) that "It is quite light on the many developments since the seventies, which have led to the bikes that we are riding today." But these developments are covered quite well in chapters on recreational cycling and competitive cycling, which deal with both technological and commercial developments. This same reviewer claimed that "rarely are ... illustrations satisfyingly integrated into the narrative." This statement is totally without basis. With the exception of a very few retrospective illustrations in the last chapter, every illustration in the book relates directly to the text on the same or adjoining pages.
My only criticism of this admirable book (which represents a decade of international research) is that it devotes three times as much space the first thirty-five years of the bicycle's history as it does to the next century. Partly, that is because Herlihy is trying to cover ground that has been neglected in earlier histories, and indeed he brings to light much that has lain hidden. But I would like to have learned more about the development of the cycling industry during the twentieth century. Why did none of the leading manufacturers in the 1960s and 1970s survive? Which are the leading bicycle makers today, and how did they become the leaders? How do bicycle sales today compare to those of the past?
Still, no single volume is ever likely to cover everything that every reader wants to know about cycling's history, and this one does it far better and more accessibly than any other to date.
I bought the book because I'm a student of innovation and because I like bicycling. The book gives a good description of the bicycles history but not expect any quantitative data. The book is not at all useful to understand the evolution of the bicycles during the last 50/60 years. All together still a four star book
Mr. Herlihy has written the definitive history of the incomparable invention we now know as the “bicycle”…
This archival-quality book is highly suitable for “gifting” to the bicycle lovers among us and it has my highest recommendation for that purpose. For the enthusiast I’d consider it indispensable.
*Extremely high quality paper and print.
*Copiously illustrated with many color and black & white plates.
*Direct but elegant prose.
*Comprehensive but well-selected information.
As a lover of fine books and fine bicycles, I’d allow that you can’t go wrong with this one!
Added bonus: The hardback’s jacket has an excellent photograph of a Duryea Sylph spring-frame safety bicycle – a true work of art!
"Bicycle" is an in-depth history of man's most ingenious and efficient human-powered machine, one failed attempt after another. The two-wheeled walking machines called Draisines/velocipedes/dandy horses stagnated for an astonishing 50 years before the revelation of adding pedals to front hub came about. Subsequently evolution and innovation was rapid. The illustrations bring the story to life and some of the predecessors to the modern bicycle had me laughing out loud.
Ultimately the book has deepened my already immense appreciation for the bicycle. It also makes me wonder about the future of the machine. Does the next major breakthrough lie right beneath our noses, such as the pedal solution did for 50 years in the bicycle's prehistory? Just how much better can the world's most efficient human-powered kinetic energy machine become?
I am currently reading his other book The Lost Cyclist, so far it's a little better at keeping me involved. Their are still times I feel like I'm reading a text book though. Love riding, glad someone's there to write about it.