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

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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 Lenzs trail. Bringing to light a wealth of information, Herlihys 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 Sachtlebens heroic effort to bring Lenzs accused murderers to justice, even as troubled Turkey teetered on the edge of collapse.

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.

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

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Shirley in New Orleans, July 14, 2011 (view all comments by Shirley in New Orleans)
This is a wonderful, totally engaging story meticulously researched. If you enjoy the acquisition of the odd fact as I do, and the story of how virtually all of our tools (including the bicycle) are the product of incremental change, you would find sufficient reason to read this book. But what captures me is that there have been and are people who dare to trust fate, to take off with no plans except to head in a certain direction. Does this mean that they trust in the kindness of strangers? What are the results of that attitude? Who is guilty when things go wrong? Who, what is responsible when all goes right?
These are my questions, not the book's.
The book is an account of a young man, and other youg men, who rode for adventure, and some who intended that the accounts of their adventures would elevate them financially, free them from binding and unpleasant life circumstances. They were remarkably brave and determined.
David Herlihy has given us a great read. Enjoy it for the adventure, the human interactions, and the social history of the 1890's global communities.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780547521985
Subtitle:
The Epic Tale of an American Adventurer and His Mysterious Disappearance
Author:
Herlihy, David V.
Author:
Herlihy, David
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Adventurers & Explorers
Subject:
Cycling - General
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20110531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in

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"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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