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Bicycling Author to Speak in Bristol: Sunday, Nov. 7

Posted by Henry Scott on October 18, 2010

The Elkhart County Historical Museum is proud to host prominent bicycle historian and author David Herlihy on November 7 at 1:00 p.m; admission will be $5. This event is sponsored by Goshen Public Library and Elkhart County Parks.

Herlihy’s recent title The Lost Cyclist has received reviews by the New York Times, Smithsonian Magazine and was recently named “book of the week” by the Independent (London, United Kingdom).

From the description of the book:

“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.”

Frank Lenz even stopped in Elkhart on his world tour!

One Response to “Bicycling Author to Speak in Bristol: Sunday, Nov. 7”

  1. From what I can tell,it looks like the event will be at the Elkhart County Historical Museum, 304 W. Vistula St. (SR 120), Bristol, IN

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