I’ve written previously in this blog about The Lost Cyclist, a newly published book on the early history of bicycle touring by David Herlihy. (See March 26 blog post, “The search for the lost cyclist,” and May 3 blog post, “They blazed the trail.”)
David has been traveling the country since June on a national book tour. He is due in Fort Worth, my hometown, on Aug. 23, and my wife and I will have the honor of playing host to him during his visit to Fort Worth-Dallas.
His presentation on the book and signing of copies is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 23, at 7 p.m. at Trinity Bicycles, at 207 S. Main St., on the southern edge of downtown.
Legacy Books was arranging an alternate venue for an Aug. 24 presentation, possibly the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture at 2719 Routh St. in Dallas.
Here is the “product description” of The Lost Cyclist from amazon.com:
“In the late 1880s, Frank Lenz of Pittsburgh, a renowned high-wheel racer and long-distance tourist, dreamed of cycling around the world. He finally got his chance by recasting himself as a champion of the downsized ‘safety-bicycle’ with inflatable tires, the forerunner of the modern road bike that was about to become wildly popular. In the spring of 1892 he quit his accounting job and gamely set out west to cover twenty thousand miles over three continents as a correspondent for Outing magazine. Two years later, after having survived countless near disasters and unimaginable hardships, he approached Europe for the final leg.
“He never made it. His mysterious disappearance in eastern Turkey sparked an international outcry and compelled Outing to send William Sachtleben, another larger-than-life cyclist, on Lenz’s trail. Bringing to light a wealth of information, Herlihy’s gripping narrative captures the soaring joys and constant dangers accompanying the bicycle adventurer in the days before paved roads and automobiles. This untold story culminates with Sachtleben’s
heroic effort to bring Lenz’s accused murderers to justice, even as troubled Turkey teetered on the edge of collapse.”
It’s a gripping yarn well told, which has gotten some very good reviews, including one on June 9 in The New York Times Sunday Book Review, and another on the website urbanvelo.org.