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The International Cycling History Conferences

The International Cycling History Conferences are intended to advance our knowledge of the roots of bicycling and to give due recognition to the pioneers.

"We cannot know where we are unless we know where we came from."

The history of the invention and development of the bicycle is fraught with conjecture, disputed or enlarged tales of invention, romantic embroidering of early biking, along with the factually correct material. The originators of the first International Cycle History Conference, held in Scotland in 1990, sought to engage serious scholars in addressing and correcting or substantiating some of this information.

The fifteen (15) conferences so far have produced many newly documented historic facts and wonderfully stimulating discussions about the bicycle's history and its overall social and economic impact. Papers delivered at previous conferences have been published, and the quality of the research and materials presented has been invigorating, sometimes surprising and controversial. Past papers have come from England, France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Scotland, America, Japan, South Africa, and Australia, among others.

Previous Cycling History Conferences have been held in:
2005 -- Davis, California - USA    For information:
2004 -- Vienna, Austria
2003 -- Canberra, Australia
2002 -- Muenster, Germany
2001 -- Pigna, Italy
2000 -- Osaka, Japan
1999 -- Nijmegan, The Netherlands
1998 -- Ottawa, Canada
1997 -- Glasgow, Scotland
1996 -- Buffalo, NY - USA
1995 -- Johannesburg, South Africa
1994 -- Cambridge, England
1993 -- Boston, MA - USA
1992 -- Neckarsulm, Germany
1991 -- Saint Etienne, France
1990 -- Glasgow, Scotland

History Conference Proceedings

Check the International Cycle History conference Website:

I C H C  -  The International Cycle History Conferences

These large-format, illustrated books containing the Proceedings of each of the Conferences are available from Pedaling History's Online Store.

Tables of Contents of the Proceedings of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th International Cycling History Conferences can be seen be clicking on the appropriate link here.

Click here for a summary of the most recent US conference.
And here for a summary of the 11th conference.





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