After my post on Donald Mackay’s record-breaking ride around Australia, my correspondent John referred me to this book.
Jim Fitzpatrick surely must know more about the history of cycling in Australia than anyone on the planet. There are plenty of stories to tell, and he tells them well.
What stood out for me was the sheer impact that the bike must have had on forming our nation. Between the early 1890s when the safety bike was invented (‘ordinary’ bikes were what we now call ‘penny farthings’) and the rise of the motor car, the bike was the fastest, most efficient and most effective way to get around. Continue reading