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The Lost Cyclist The Untold Story of Frank Lenz's Ill-fated Around-the-world Journey by David V. Herlihy
  

The Lost Cyclist The Untold Story of Frank Lenz's Ill-fated Around-the-world Journey

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Synopsis

The Lost Cyclist The Untold Story of Frank Lenz's Ill-fated Around-the-world Journey by David V. Herlihy

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 Lenz's accused murderers to justice, even as troubled Turkey teetered on the edge of collapse.

Reviews

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

Riveting... Herlihy brings to life not only this great story, but the early days of cycling and wonders of the grand adventure. He cements his place as the bard of cycling. -- Seattle Times Herlihy's gripping, fast-paced tale of larger-than-life cyclists and the era in which the bicycle came into its own as a means of transportation and recreation should appeal to a broad range of readers . . . The book combines elements of a mystery thriller with those of a fascinating travel tale set in the historical context of a fast-changing world on the brink of the 20th century. -- Associated Press Grippingly detailed . . What's fascinating about this thoroughly researched story is the cluelessness, recklessness and luckiness - toe


About the Author

David V. Herlihy is a freelance writer who specialises in cycling history. He won the 2004 Award for Excellence in the History of Science and the 2005 Sally Hacker Prize for his first book, Bicycle: The History.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st September 2011

Author

David V. Herlihy

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Publisher

Mainstream Publishing

Format

Paperback
240 pages

Categories

Cycling

ISBN

9781845967178

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