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The Lost Cyclist: The Epic Tale of an American Adventurer and His Mysterious Disappearance

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"David V. Herlihy is a recovery artist, adept at finding things most of us failed to realize we had lost. Herlihy did just that with Bicycle: The History, an impressively researched study of the bicycle from its invention in the 1860s to its zenith of popularity in the last years of the 19th century.

The bicycle ushered in a new era of individual transportation and literally paved the road for the automobile, for it was ardent cyclists who were the first to demand asphalt byways for their conveyances. And once the dangerous high-wheelers were replaced by the "safety bicycle" that resembles what we ride today, women in particular gained a new mobility and freedom that contributed in their march toward equality." Jeff Mapes, The Oregonian (read the entire Oregonian review)

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In the late 1880s, Frank Lenz of Pittsburgh, a renowned high-wheel racer and long-distance tourist, dreamed of cycling around the world. He finally got his chance by recasting himself as a champion of the downsized "safety-bicycle" with inflatable tires, the forerunner of the modern road bike that was about to become wildly popular. In the spring of 1892 he quit his accounting job and gamely set out west to cover twenty thousand miles over three continents as a correspondent for Outing magazine.

Two years later, after having survived countless near disasters and unimaginable hardships, he approached Europe for the final leg. He never made it. His mysterious disappearance in eastern Turkey sparked an international outcry and compelled Outing to send William Sachtleben, another larger-than-life cyclist, on Lenz's trail. Bringing to light a wealth of information, Herlihy's gripping narrative captures the soaring joys and constant dangers accompanying the bicycle adventurer in the days before paved roads and automobiles. This untold story culminates with Sachtleben's heroic effort to bring Lenzs accused murderers to justice, even as troubled Turkey teetered on the edge of collapse.

Review:

"When the bicycle first gained popularity in the 1880s, intrepid daredevils were quick to seize upon it as a tool of exploration and an indicator of resourcefulness. Frank Lenz and William Sachtleben were two such enthusiasts. Sachtleben and a partner had gained notoriety for cycling almost across the globe, including through China, a region that was alien to Westerners at the time (they traversed particularly difficult sections by train). But Lenz proposes something truly dangerous: he will cycle the entire world alone, and he won't shy away from the hard parts. Lenz's exploits become the talk of the cycling world, but don't reach prominence in America until he disappears in eastern Turkey, a hairsbreadth from reaching his goal. Sachtleben is sent to Turkey to investigate and ends up wading through government corruption, tribal alliances, and a region in the throes of revolution. This meticulously-researched account exposes readers to an unfamiliar world. Readers with a love of cycling or curiosity about this moment in history will appreciate Herlihy's knowledge and passion, but the simply curious may feel at times like they're pedaling uphill." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

Review:

"Fascinating . . . Herlihy combines an admirable talent for sleuthing with the narrative skills of a first-rate storyteller . . . This should appeal to most lovers of history, as well as to bicycling enthusiasts. Strongly recommended." Library Journal

Synopsis:

History, mystery, and the fine art of detection mingle against exotic locales and intriguing characters in this tale of the search for the original celebrity cyclist whose disappearance fueled one of American sports' undying legends

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About the Author

David V. Herlihy is the author of Bicycle: The History and his work has been featured on National Public Radio and Voice of America and in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, Boston, and Historic Preservation. In 1999 Herlihy received the McNair History Award from the Wheelmen, the preeminent American association of antique bicycle collectors.

Table of Contents

Contents
Prologue: Alton, Illinois, October 28, 1952 ix
• I: On the Road

 1. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, May 30, 1887 3

 2. Athens, Greece, January 4, 1891 25

 3. Pittsburgh, August 9, 1891 49

 4. Peking, China, November 3, 1892 71

 5. Shanghai, China, December 15, 1892 95

 6. Vancouver, Canada, December 20, 1892 119

 7. Kiukiang, China, January 27, 1893 127

 8. Ardmore, Pennsylvania, May 31, 1893 140

 9. Calcutta, India, September 17, 1893 147

• II: The Search

 10. East Liverpool, Ohio, October 12, 1894 173

 11. Constantinople, Turkey, March 23, 1895 194

 12. Erzurum, Turkey, May 13, 1895 210

 13. Erzurum, September 9, 1895 237

 14. Erzurum, October 19, 1895 259

• III: Epilogue

 15. Repercussions 279

 16. Reflections 293

Notes on Sources 305

Acknowledgments 310

Photo Credits 314

Index  316

Product Details

ISBN:
9780547195575
Subtitle:
The Epic Tale of an American Adventurer and His Mysterious Disappearance
Author:
Herlihy, David
Author:
Herlihy, David V.
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Subject:
Cyclists -- United States.
Subject:
Lenz, Frank G
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Adventurers & Explorers
Subject:
Cycling - General
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20110504
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 16-pp inserts
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "When the bicycle first gained popularity in the 1880s, intrepid daredevils were quick to seize upon it as a tool of exploration and an indicator of resourcefulness. Frank Lenz and William Sachtleben were two such enthusiasts. Sachtleben and a partner had gained notoriety for cycling almost across the globe, including through China, a region that was alien to Westerners at the time (they traversed particularly difficult sections by train). But Lenz proposes something truly dangerous: he will cycle the entire world alone, and he won't shy away from the hard parts. Lenz's exploits become the talk of the cycling world, but don't reach prominence in America until he disappears in eastern Turkey, a hairsbreadth from reaching his goal. Sachtleben is sent to Turkey to investigate and ends up wading through government corruption, tribal alliances, and a region in the throes of revolution. This meticulously-researched account exposes readers to an unfamiliar world. Readers with a love of cycling or curiosity about this moment in history will appreciate Herlihy's knowledge and passion, but the simply curious may feel at times like they're pedaling uphill." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Review A Day" by , "David V. Herlihy is a recovery artist, adept at finding things most of us failed to realize we had lost. Herlihy did just that with Bicycle: The History, an impressively researched study of the bicycle from its invention in the 1860s to its zenith of popularity in the last years of the 19th century.

The bicycle ushered in a new era of individual transportation and literally paved the road for the automobile, for it was ardent cyclists who were the first to demand asphalt byways for their conveyances. And once the dangerous high-wheelers were replaced by the "safety bicycle" that resembles what we ride today, women in particular gained a new mobility and freedom that contributed in their march toward equality." (read the entire Oregonian review)
"Review" by , "Fascinating . . . Herlihy combines an admirable talent for sleuthing with the narrative skills of a first-rate storyteller . . . This should appeal to most lovers of history, as well as to bicycling enthusiasts. Strongly recommended."
"Synopsis" by ,

History, mystery, and the fine art of detection mingle against exotic locales and intriguing characters in this tale of the search for the original celebrity cyclist whose disappearance fueled one of American sports' undying legends

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