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Bicycle Design: An Illustrated History – now officially published in the UK and Europe


This post is about the new book that Professor Hans-Erhard Lessing and I have written on the history of bicycle design. The project has taken 8 years and I joined it in 2010. The book has had valuable input from a great many people in various countries, including the eminent cycle historians Nick Clayton (UK) and Gary Sanderson (USA). It’s a German-English-American co-production, with Hans-Erhard Lessing based in Germany, me in England and the publisher in the USA.

Although Amazon have been selling the book for some time, it was not officially published in the UK and Europe until Thursday 29th May. Here’s the press release in PDF form: Hadland_Lessing_book

You may also like to read MIT’s blog, in which Hans and I answer questions about the book:

You can order the book from MIT by using this link:

If you wish to order from, you can use this link:

  1. Jens permalink

    Hi Tony,

    many thanks for the well written and nicely lay-outed book. It’s a pleasure to read. However, a very tiny error seems to be hidden in the book. On page 258 you claim, that parachutes are not being used as brake device. This is not completely true as you can see here:

    Sometimes they scan be very helpful.

    Kind regards


    • Many thanks, Jens, for your kind words and for the information about parachute use. I’ll make a note to include a mention in any reprint.
      All the best,

  2. Just finished reading your latest book on my holiday and wanted to say how much I enjoyed it. Learnt a few new historical nuggets too… very useful for my own project. Thanks for a really good all round read.

    • Hi Graham,
      Many thanks indeed for your feedback. I’m delighted that you enjoyed the book.
      All the best,

  3. Dear Tony Congratulations on your new book publication kind regards Jeanette

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