Book review: Horrible history of the 200-year-old bicycle
Saturday, February 11th 2017 at 12:51PM GMT
2017 is the bicycle’s 200th birthday and to celebrate Bloomsbury commissioned Cycling Weekly‘s Dr. Hutch to write “Re:Cyclists“.
It’s pretty tough to write funny books about history. Terry Deary manages it with Horrible Histories, of course, and Michael Hutchinson has written a funny book about what could be – and often is – dry-as-sticks: the history of the bicycle.
As you’d expect from the Lycra-clad author of The Hour, Re:Cyclists starts with a time-trial story, but Dr. Hutch is no mere hired hack, he clearly has a deep love for cycling’s history. This much is plain from his tale about leafing through the back issues of Cycling Weekly (which is itself historic, launched in 1891 as just Cycling).
Re:Cyclists looks at how cycling became the sport, the pastime and the social life of millions of ordinary people, how it grew and how it suffered through the 1960s and ’70s, and how at the dawn of the twenty-first century it rose again.