Part OnE:


Additional images to accompany "'it Could Have Been Otherwise': Bicycles and Motorcycles" can be accessed here.


Part Two:


Click on these links to take you to additional images to accompany "Roads," "Rubber and Steel," and "Textiles."


Part three:

Machines and riders

Additional images to accompany "Paradoxes of Class and Gender" and "The Embodied Cyclist and Freedom" can be accessed here.



David Walton - University of Murcia

The book . . . is excellent, an exemplary form of cultural studies: cutting-edge, socially aware, encyclopedic in scope, exceptionally well written and researched and, in my opinion, essential reading destined to become a major contribution not only to motorcycle but cultural studies (and its related areas). I would argue, it’s a “must read”. . . .

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Richard M. Mikulski - Drew University

The authors provide cultural scholars with a well-documented example of how an invention develops within a cultural context, and for this reason, the book has utility beyond its titular fields..

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James Ward - Cedar Crest College

This book is must reading not only for anyone interested in the history of transportation, in social history, and in popular culture, but also for every bicycle and motorcycle rider who doesn't spend every minute of his or her time with hands on the grips and eyes on the road.

Randy McBee - Texas Tech University

Steven E. Alford and Suzanne Ferriss convincingly lay to rest the idea that there was a simple evolution between the bicycle’s and the motorcycle’s design and development..

Ted Bishop - University of Alberta

Alford and Ferriss are engaging guides to the materiality of two-wheeled culture. Fascinating, and indispensable for the enthusiast.

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