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The Cyclist's Anthology

The Cyclist's Anthology

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Contents | Introduction | Sample 1: A Passage to India (E.M. Forster, 1924) | Sample 2: Tandem Trouble, 1914 (Jerome K. Jerome) | Sample 3: Mulga Bill's Bicycle, 1896 (A.B. 'Banjo' Paterson)


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Introduction

1: Learning to Ride

The Nothing of the Day, 1819 ~ John Keats 9

A Curious Invention, 1819 ~ Ackerman’s Repository 9

On Learning to Dismount, 1893 ~ Mark Twain 11

A Wobbling Will vs A Wobbling Wheel, 1895 ~ Frances Willard 15

Education of the Nerves, 1896 ~ Munsey’s Magazine 18

Mulga Bill’s Bicycle, 1896 ~ A.B. ‘Banjo’ Paterson 20

The Bruises Tell the Story, 1896 ~ H.G. Wells 22

Boy Scouts on Bicycles, 1918 ~ D.G. Dollery 25

Learn to Ankle Your BSA Bicycle, 1945 ~ BSA Bicycles Ltd 26

Goodnight, Mister Tom, 1945 ~ Michelle Magorian 27

Cycling is Grand Fun, 1959 ~ Andrew Crawford 29

Call the Midwife, 1950s ~ Jennifer Worth 31

Riding a Bike, 2009 ~ Ronald Chapman 33

2: Cycling for All

The Costume of Women, 1895 ~ Frances Willard 35

On Cycling in Corsets, 1896 ~ Munsey’s Magazine 36

Sherlock Holmes & the Solitary Cyclist, 1903 ~ Arthur Conan Doyle 39

Perfect in Every Part, 1920 ~ BSA Bicycles 41

Keeping Up Appearances, 1930 ~ Somerset Maugham 42

Billy Bunter Stops the Cycling Thief, 1933 ~ Frank Richards 44

Myfanwy, 1940 ~ John Betjeman 47

Schwinn – For the Ride of a Lifetime, 1941 ~ Arnold, Schwinn & Co 48

Soldiers Need Bicycles, 1944 ~ BSA Bicycles Ltd 50

The Patriotic Duty of All Cyclists, 1944 ~ John Bull Rubber Co 50

3: Cycle Touring

A New Enigma, 1787 ~ ‘Observator’ 52

A Very Trying Road, 1874 ~ Text Book for Riders 53

The Right Accessories, 1882 ~ James Sturmey 53

Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two), 1892 ~ Harry Dacre 54

No Pain, No Gain, 1898 ~ Elizabeth Robins Pennell 56

Ingenious Solutions to Unexpected Problems, 1899 ~ George Foster 59

Spinning Along in Splendid Fashion, 1900 ~ R.H. Morton 65

One Candle Power, 1901 ~ Marcus Tindal 67

Tandem Trouble, 1914 ~ Jerome K. Jerome 68

Europe en vélo, 1929 ~ Jean Bell 71

On Being a Goddam Nut-Case, 1963 ~ Dervla Murphy 75

The Towpath Less Travelled, 1987 ~ Eric Newby 77

‘What this bike needs is...’, 1987 ~ Quentin Blake 79

Maybe Alone on my Bike, 1975 ~ William Stafford 80

Riding Every Inch of the Way, 2010 ~ Stephen Lord & Chris Scott 80

A Bike Ride Through the Countryside ~ Elizabeth Shield 82

What-Ifs in Myanmar, 2014 ~ Stephen Fabes 84

4: The Sport of Cycling

An Early Cycling Record, 1871 87

Racing With Style, 1890 ~ Hewitt Griffin 89

La France Sportive, 1926 ~ Ernest Hemingway 89

Steel Grandpa, 1951 ~ Sports Illustrated 91

Bradley Wiggins – A hunger within, 2012 ~ Bradley Wiggins 95

5: Working Bikes

British Army Regulations for the Training of Cyclists, 1911 ~ HMSO 98

The Cyclists of the Signal Corps, 1915 ~ Sir John French 98

Reconstructing the Crime, 1931 ~ Dorothy L. Sayers 101

Tradesman’s Carry-All Carrier, 1936 ~ Three Spires 104

An Ode to Bicycles, 1956 ~ Pablo Neruda 105

The Cycle Courier’s Instinct, 2015 ~ Jon Day 107

6: City Cycling

The Fittest Use of the Bicycle, 1870 ~ Charles Spencer 109

Dangerous Wide Spaces, 1897 ~ Mrs F. Harcourt Williamson 110

London Through the Eyes of a Poet, 1914 ~ Edward Thomas 111

A Passage to India, 1924 ~ E.M. Forster 119

Spring Morning Commute, 2014 ~ Rick Brown 121

Tackling Delhi, 2013 ~ Hugh Bergin 123

7: Extreme Cycling

On the Wheels of Love, 1882 ~ H.J. Swindley 124

The Bicycle as Spirit-Level, 1893 ~ Mark Twain 126

Over the Gobi Desert, 1894 ~ Thomas Gaskell Allen, Jr & William Lewis Sachtleben 126

On Being Hurled Through Space (Euclidian), 1895 ~ George Bernard Shaw 131

All Pace and Fizzle, 1896 ~ H.G. Wells 132

Taking a Header, 1898 ~ Elizabeth Robins Pennell 134

A Cycle Tour in Kashmir, 1900 ~ R.H. Morton 135

Self Protection on a Cycle, 1901 ~ Marcus Tindal 136

Sherlock Holmes Reads the Tyre Tracks, 1904 ~ Arthur Conan Doyle 137

The Hunt for the Right Saddle, 1914 ~ Jerome K. Jerome 140

William the Determined, 1922 ~ Richmal Crompton 141

Numerous Ups and Downs, 1922 ~ Ward Lock Red Guide 148

A Reckless Ride, 1936 ~ D.H. Lawrence 149 Empire of the Sun, 1941 ~ J.G. Ballard 153

A Wounded Passenger, 1944 ~ Shirley Hughes 154

Bibliography 157

Index 160

The Cyclist's Anthology

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