The Lost Cyclist by David Herlihy

Join us for our first Studio Book Club Event.  Author David Herlihy will be reading from his book,The Lost Cyclist:  The Epic Tale of an American Adventurer and His Mysterious Disappearance

When:  Saturday, May 7 at 6:30 pm POSTPONED Due to rain - the tweed ride would be no fun.  We will post a new date very soon!

Where:  Ride Studio Cafe

Why:  Redefining the word "epic" in the bike world

Those attending will have the opportunity to learn about David's incredible and true story documenting Frank Lenz's cycling journey from the late 1800s through the early 1900s.  It's an amazing tale of cycling's infancy - a time when bikes were becoming a primary mode of independence and learning - as viewed through one person's truly extraordinary journey to circumnavigate the globe.

Not only will David be reading from and discussing his book, he will also be presenting a slideshow of photos from Frank Lenz's travels.  The photos alone are reason enough to come to the event.

What Is Epic?

We hear this word thrown around a lot in cycling these days.  Once you read The Lost Cyclist, the definition of "epic" seems to change.  Following are a few quotes that connote "epic" from David's book:

Commenting on single speed bicycles that weighed 50 lbs or so and were so stiff they were called "boneshakers":  "...riders could easily cover one hundred miles in a single day over the roughest of dirt roads."

Regarding a one-hundred-mile race that had particularly rainy conditions:  "The starting gun should have sounded an hour earlier, but all one could hear was the relentless rain.

"At last the gun sounded.  Lenz pushed his bicycle forward, planting a food on the small step at the base of his bicycle's backbone. His small wheel instantly sank several inches into the mushy ground.  He gamely vaulted onto his saddle and stood up on his pedals, applying all his weight and might...

"...the rain finally stopped.  But that was small consolation since the terrain was mushier than ever.  Several racers had already suffered severe spills, and all had stopped at least once to remove fistfuls of mud from their wheels.

"Compounding the racers' ordeal was a lack of sustenance:  the promised sandwiches never materialized, and the desperate men had gone for miles without food or water.  One heartless spectator emerged with a pail of milk and tried to sell drinks.  He did not realize that the racers had no change in their pocketless woolen tights.  Responding to their pleas, some of the spectators hopped on their own bicycles to fetch water and food.  ...they were unable to deliver the goods to the contestants."

Epic.

If you haven't read David's newest book, it is definitely worth reading.  Stop by the Studio to pick up a copy before the event.  David also wrote the influential Bicycle: The History.

Some additional reasons to join us on Saturday evening:

  • Tweed Bicycle Ride:  The Boston 3 Speed Club is leading a tweed ride from the New England Bike Expo at 4:30 pm.  Get decked out in your best tweed knickers and join us for a very memorable pre-event ride.  It's going to be a lot of fun and get us in the proper spirit for listening to the Frank Lenz story.
  • Contemporary Safety Bicycle:  Seven CyclesBerliner Bike will be on display.  This is the first chance on US soil to see this contemporary reinterpretation of a classic safety bicycle from Lenz's era.
  • Food:  Refreshments will be served!
  • Signed books by David:  Be sure to have David sign your copy of The Lost Cyclist and a signed copy makes a unique gift for a fellow rider in your life.  You can buy a copy of his book at the Studio before the event and at the event.

Ride Studio Club Members get a 20% discount on the book and we'll make sure the David signs your copy, too!

Please RSVP for the event.

For the Tweed riders:

  • Details here.  Please RSVP for the ride.
  • Ride departs from the New England Bike Expo at 4:30 pm on Saturday, May 7.
  • Please park and lock your bike at the Lexington Depot.
  • Bring lights; the event will be ending around 9pm or so - still dark at this time of year.
  • Bring some warm clothes because by the time the event is over it will certainly be getting a bit chilly.
  • We'll have plenty of appetizers and refreshments for you!

We hope to see all enthusiasts of cycling at this event!