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The Noblest Invention: An Illustrated History of the Bicycle


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The Noblest Invention: An Illustrated History of the Bicycle
Editors of Bicycling Magazine
Hardcover
320 pages

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In The Noblest Invention, the editors of Bicycling magazine have put together a unique history of the bicycle that illustrates, through essays and breathtaking color photographs, why this simple machine has captured the imagination of people of all ages. Although today we often associate the bicycle with ever-more sophisticated technical gear for sport and recreation, here is a chronicle of its invention from its first appearance as a primitive wooden Laufsmachine to its evolution into a lightweight, elegant racing machine. The bicycle is the simplest major machine that we regularly use, yet it's still undergoing constant technical refinement. The Noblest Invention celebrates the unique interaction between man and machine that the bicycle represents. The handsome book chronicles the full range of the bicycle's history, from its practical applications to the lure of the Tour de France and the joy of just getting out on the open road. The Noblest Invention is the definitive book by the most respected name in bicycling publishing. THE

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