Fancy Cycling, 1901: An Edwardian Guide (Hardcover)

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This is a special cloth hardcover gift edition reproduction of the original 1901 book which was one of the first to promote daring tricks for weird and wonderful acrobatics on two wheels, such as handle bar riding, riding backward and standing on the seat riding, hands off! Illustrated with period photographs showing outlandish daredevil "fancy cycling" stunts that have to be seen to be believed, it wonderfully captures a bygone age when  popular fads and crazes were met with wild enthusiasm and is a delightful keepsake for cycling or sports enthusiasts.

Praise For…

“In 1901, Fancy Cycling, an extraordinary book by Isabel Marks, was published, showing straight-faced paragons of Edwardian society pulling off some pretty daring (and peculiar) stunts. Marvel as these tailored tricksters demonstrate how to pick up a handkerchief without dismounting, ride backwards while seated on the handlebar, and 'tilting at the ring.'” —The Guardian

“If you shake your head at what kids are up to nowadays, you should see what your (great) great grandmother was up to! Namely, Unicorn Driving and the Butterfly Dance. There's a whole chapter on Coasting techniques and one with women in full dresses wielding swords. A must have!” —Pacific Northwest Book Lovers Association

Product Details
ISBN: 9781908402714
ISBN-10: 1908402717
Publisher: Old House Books
Publication Date: June 18th, 2013
Pages: 116
Language: English