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Collecting and Restoring
by G. Donald Adams
most authoritative and sought after reference book about the
antique bicycle is available again. A comprehensive sourcebook
for everyone from the beginning hobbyist to the advanced collector,
this new second edition provides a complete overview of these
marvelous machines. Almost 400 pages, packed with 350 illustrations
and photos, this book covers the development of the bicycle
from the earliest 1816 hobbyhorse, through the elegant high
wheelers, tri- and quadricycles, to safety bicycles and interesting
20th century models.
- Tips on locatiing antique bikes,
determining authenticity and condition.
- Advice on restoration versus preservation.
- How to ride them.
- The antique bicycle club movement,
and the growing interest in collecting.
- The first appearance of drive shafts,
rack and pinion steering, band brakes ... all invented for
G. Donald Adams has had a major role in shaping the character
of antique bicycle collecting in North America. He is founding
editor of The Wheelmen magazine, and an internationally
recognized bicycle historian and curator. His writing continues
to influence museums and individual collectors worldwide to
follow sound practices in preserving historically important
bicycles and to interpret how these bicycles and their users
shaped nineteenth century social, cultural, and technological
Hard Cover: $32.50
Soft Cover: $22.50 - Buy
Reflections on Buffalo's Colossal and Overlooked Bicycle Heritage
by Carl F. Burgwardt
Bicycles the author has carefully chosen, organized, and
presented significant historical facts of Buffalo, New York's,
bicycle industry and bicycling records. He has added personal
lore and period images, combining these elements into a book
that explores and showcases the nearly forgotten but colorful
times in Buffalo's proud past.
Buffalo's love affair with the
bicycle was all-encompassing. By the late 1890s it had involved
a significant percentage of Buffalo's population. Its exciting
effect on society and sports was no less than its impact on
business and commerce. Buffalo's Bicycles will introduce
you to some of the people who shaped this little-known heritage
that left influences and impressions on Buffalo for decades
It you're not a native Buffalonian
or Western New Yorker, you will still learn the basic bicycle
history background with its emphasis on America's fervent development
of the machine, the many patents, the social aspects, the Good
Roads Movement, and the exciting racing. Buffalo's rich heritage
in text and photographs quickly makes you aware that this truly
colorful, dramatic, and influential period affected much of
the eastern United States.
Was there a bicycle in your past??
Even if not, many non-bicycle
people find that this history has surprising asides that kindle
and tickle much nostalgia. The taken-for-granted bicycle, through
its popular and everyday usage, has touched nearly everyone's
life at one time or another, generally in a pleasurable and
Carl Burgwardt and his wife, Clarice,
are Western New Yorkers who have amassed one of the world's
largest and most comprehensive collections of bicycles, accessories,
memorabilia, and ephemera. He has frequently been consulted
and quoted by major media seeking expert historical cycling
information, identification, and documentation.
Hard Cover: $29.95
Soft Cover: $17.95 - Buy
Colonel Albert Pope
and his American Dream Machines
by Stephen B. Goddard
A little over a century
ago in Hartford, Connecticut, Colonel Albert A. Pope was hailed
as a leading automaker in the United States. That his name is
not a household word today is the very essence of this story.
The world's manufacturer of bicycles (under the Columbia label)
in the late 1800s, Pope's production methods pointed the way
for the building of automobiles through lightweight metals,
rubber tires, precision machining, interchangeability of parts,
and vertical integration of his business. Steam, electricity,
and gasoline power vied for supremacy in the fledgling automobile
industry, with their competition for investors and customers
becoming a tale of vision and greed.
About the Author:
Stephen B. Goddard practices law and teaches history at Trinity
College and the University of Hartford. He lives in Hartford,
Cover: $39.95 - Buy
Around the World on
with a new introduction
and notes by Thomas Pauly
108 engravings, 6" x 9" map
Account of the first man to ride a bicycle around the world.
A classic, first published in 1887.
In 1884, Thomas Stevens left San Francisco on a Columbia high
wheeler with the outrageous goal of becoming the first man to
ride a bicycle across the United States. When he reached Boston,
he decided to continue around the world, and soon sailed to
London for the ride across Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.
The high-wheeler was heavy and cumbersome, his supplies were
limited to socks, a spare shirt, and a slicker that doubled
as tent and bedroll, and much of the country he traversed was
wild. Yet he persevered, recording his colorful and often harrowing
adventures during the three-year odyssey in a classic of 19th
century adventure and travel writing.
Thomas Pauly is a professor of
English at the University of Delaware. He has written on a
broad range of subjects, including books on Elia Kazan and the
Cover: $24.95 - Buy