The Lost Cyclist

The Lost Cyclist

The Epic Tale of An American Adventurer and His Mysterious Disappearance

Book - 2010
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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.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010.
ISBN: 9780547195575
Branch Call Number: 796.6092 LENZ F
Characteristics: x, 326 pages, [32] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.


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Jul 04, 2011

Well-written and an unusual item of history. Very enj0yable and a refreshing view into the late-nineteenth Century bicycle culture.

Jan 08, 2011

Really interesting story especially for a cyclist like myself. I thought the end dragged out though. Investigating Frank Lenz' death could have been shortened significantly.


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