David Herlihy: The Lost Cyclist

Friday, July 9th at 7 pm
author of
The Lost Cyclist:
The Epic Tale of an American Adventurer
and His Mysterious Disappearance

The Lost Cyclist by David Herlihy

From the author of Bicycle: A History comes an account of Frank Lenz, a young cyclist who tried to ride around the world, and disappeared forever.

Author David Herlihy will be at the store on July 9th to discuss the incredible true story of Frank Lenz. In the new book, The Lost Cyclist we meet Lenz, a Pittsburgh native whose love affair with the bicycle led him to attempt an ambitious around-the-world tour in 1892. Armed with the latest technology (new safety bicycles, with a lower profile and pneumatic tires, had recently replaced the earlier high-wheel bikes), Lenz set out to document his travels and adventures for Outing Magazine. Two years later, after a series of sometimes harrowing encounters, Lenz reached Turkey, on his way to Europe for the last leg of his journey. He was never heard from again.

"Makes for fascinating history [as] Herlihy combines an admirable talent for sleuthing with the narrative skills of a first-rate storyteller..."
- Library Journal

David Herlihy is the author of Bicycle: The History and his work has been featured on NPR and Voice of America and in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Boston, and Historic Preservation. In 1999 Herlihy received the McNair History Award from the Wheelmen, the preeminent American association of antique bicycle collectors.

Event date: 
Friday, July 9, 2010 - 7:00pm