About The Bicycle Story
The bicycle is a fascinating object. Far more than just a tool to get around, it is an intersection of sport, transportation, politics, environmentalism, art, style, and craft. Cycling’s rich history spans over two centuries and charts a growth from bourgeois hobby to mass-culture pursuit to world-renowned sport to billion-dollar industry to political device.
But, for all its significance, the bicycle’s engrossing history would be nothing without people. The athletes that devote the prime of their life to training and suffering in order to perform their brilliant feats of strength. The artisans that design and build the bicycles and components we ride. The advocates that work tirelessly to open trails and make the roads safer to ride on. The miscreants and dirtbags that get drawn to cycling generation after generation. These are the people that make cycling cultures so damn interesting.
The Bicycle Story is an attempt to capture the people that make cycling so great. What makes them tick? What draws them to bikes? What makes them laugh, cry, rant and rave? Why have they squandered so much of their life riding, racing, building, buying, fighting for, and fixing bikes?
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Josh Cohen is a cyclist, advocate and writer in Seattle, Washington. He’s as fond of three mile rides to the bar as he is of 200km brevets, bike camping, and cyclocross racing.