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 Magazine, and Historic Preservation. In 1999 Herlihy received the McNair History Award from the Wheelmen, the preeminent American association of antique bicycle collectors.
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 TimesHerlihy'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 PressGrippingly detailed . . What's fascinating about this thoroughly researched story is the cluelessness, recklessness and luckiness - to a point, anyway - of American travelers in general and Americans in the overinflated world of early American biking in particular. -- New York Times Book Review
This well-researched and stylishly writtten book puts Lenz back in the public eye as well as offering readers a look at the very early days of modern cycling. -- BooklistGripping... Ideal reading for global-minded adventure lovers. -- Star Tribune
Herlihy's story transcends its historical research in the end--and certainly to the author's credit--becoming a truly sad and captivating human drama on youthful curiosity that proves perilous. -- New CityThis 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. -- PublishersWeekly.comHerlihy's tale is a fresh reminder of how the bicycle has long inspired big dreams in so many of its enthusiasts. And he's provided a clear portrait of an era when it took a true adventurer to explore much of the globe. -- The OregonianHerlihy's book is a travelogue, a whodunit -- and a chase story... [Herlihy] comes up with a theory -- but this is a thriller that ends with a mystery, unsolved to this day. -- Bloomberg
A good story, a rousing historical document, and a tribute to the enduring glory both of humanity's aspirations to exceed oneself, and of 'the most efficient machine ever made, ' the bicycle, which can carry both body and spirit farther than anyone thought possible only a few generations past. -- BicycleFixation.com