576 Pages 61 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Routledge Companion to Cycling presents a comprehensive overview of an artefact that throughout the modern era has been a bellwether indicator of the major social, economic and environmental trends that have permeated society The volume synthesizes a rapidly growing body of research on the bicycle, its past and present uses, its technological evolution, its use in diverse geographical settings, its aesthetics and its deployment in art and literature. From its origins in early modern carriage technology in Germany, it has generated what is now a vast, multi-disciplinary literature encompassing a wide range of issues in countries throughout the world.

    An Introduction to The Companion to Cycling

    Glen Norcliffe

    Section 1: Cycling and Society: An Introduction

    Introduction to Section 1

    Peter Cox

    1. Theorising Cycling

    Peter Cox

    2. Cycling and Gender: Past, Present and Paths Ahead

    Jennifer Bonham and Kat Jungnicklel

    3. The Precarious Work of Platform Cycle Delivery Workers

    Cosmin Popan and Esther Anaya-Boig.

    4. The Sociality of Cycling

    Simon Batterbury and Alejandro Manga

    Vignette A: Black Cyclists Matter: Major Taylor – Au Parc des Princes 1901.

    Andrew Ritchie.

    5. Programs for Cycling Inclusion

    Angela van der Kloof

    6. The Potential of "Bike-like" Vehicles to Provide Big Wins for Climate Change,

    Safety and Justice

    Kevin J. Krizek.

    7. Mobility, Freedom and Self-determination: The Benefits (and Barriers) to

    Disabled People Cycling

    Kay Inckle.

    Section 2: Cycle Technology

    Introduction to Section 2

    Tony Hadland.

    8. Configurations of Cycles

    Hans-Erhard Lessing.

    9. Frames and materials

    Dave Minter

    10. Wheels and Shock Absorption

    Tony Hadland

    11. Transmission and Brakes

    Dan Farrell

    12. Passenger Carrying

    David Henshaw

    Vignette B: Micromobility in Rwanda: Hilary Angus.

    13. Cycling Technologies and Disability

    Ron Buliung, Annika Kruse, Glen Norcliffe, and John Radford.


    Section 3: The Cycling Economy: An Introduction

    Introduction to Section 3

    Glen Norcliffe.

    14. The Global Bicycle Industry

    Glen Norcliffe and Boyang Gao.

    15. The Value Chains and Production Clusters of Taiwan’s Bicycle Industry

    Cheng-Mei Tung

    16. Bicycle Trade Shows as Transactional Spaces

    Michael Andreae and Glen Norcliffe.

    17. Retailing Bicycles

    Jay Townley, Bradley Hughes and Michael Fritz

    18. On the Shoulders of Giant: Cluster Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Taiwanese Bicycle Industry

    Yu-chun Lin.

    19. Street Trades and Work Cycles

    Claudio Sarmiento-Casas,

    Vignette C: Mobile cycle repairing in Beijing: Tian Yun

    SECTION 4: URBAN CYCLING: An Introduction

    Introduction to Section 4

    Sheila Hanlon

    20. Cycling Infrastructure: Planning Cycle Networks

    John Parkin.

    Vignette D: Cycling infrastructure in Lund, Sweden. Till Koglin.

    21. Situating the Mobility Fix of Contemporary Urban Cycling Policy

    Justin Spinney

    22. Making Space for Cycling

    Sergio Montero Munoz and Paola Castenada

    Vignette E: B2W Indonesia and the re-cycling of Jakarta:

    Purwanto Setiani

    23. Shared Micromobility: Policy, Practices, and Emerging Futures

    Susan Shaheen, Adam Cohen and Jacquelyn Broader

    24. E-bikes: Expanding the Practice of Cycling?

    Dimitri Marincek and Patrick Rérat

    25. Cycling Safety as Mobility Justice

    Léa Ravensbergen, Ron Buliung and Ahmed El-Geneidy

    Section 5: Sport Cycling, Health and Lifestyles: An Introduction

    Introduction to Section 5

    Tim Jones

    26. Amateur Sport Cycling: The Rise of the MAMIL.

    Tim Jones

    27. Professional Road Cycling

    Daam Van Reeth

    Vignette F: In the peloton. Michael Barry.

    28. Off-road Cycling

    Karen McCormack and Ben Osborn

    29. Track Cycling

    Michael Jordan

    Vignette G: Keirin culture: Keizo Kobayashi.

    30. Health Benefits of Cycling

    Adrian Bauman, Sylvia Titze and Pekka Oja

    31. Doping in Cycling: Past, Present and Future Trends

    Charlotte Smith,

    SECTION 6: PLACES OF CYCLING: An Introduction

    Introduction to Section 6

    Luis Vivanco

    Vignette H: Early Cycling in the Bois de Boulogne, Paris. David Herlihy.

    32. Cycling’s Symphony of Place

    Robert McCullough

    Vignette I: Constructing peaceful places through bicycles.

    Jeanette Steinmann, Mitchell McSweeney, Lyndsay Hayhurst & Brian Wilson.

    33. In Quest of Adventures

    Duncan Jamieson

    Vignette J: Winter cycling: Montreal’s four-season bicycle network

    Bartek Komoroski and Kevin Manaugh.

    34. The Africanized Bicycle

    Hans Peter Hahn

    Vignette K: The Devil’s Chariot: women cycling in the Middle East. Alon Raab

    35. Cycling in Indian Cities: Between Everyday Cyclists and Affluent Cyclists

    Rutul Joshi and Jacob Baby.

    36. The Rise the "Kingdom of Bicycles"

    Xu Tao

    37. Copenhagen is a good place to bike – but it could be better…

    Malene Freudendahl-Petersen.

    Vignette L: Beach Road, Melbourne. Charlie Farren.


    38. Bogotá: Perspectives on the "World bike capital"

    Luis Vivanco.


    Section 7: The Visual Culture of Cycling

    Introduction to Section 7

    Nicholas Oddy

    39. The Machine Aesthetic: The Visual Identity of the Bicycle and Its

    Representation in Advertising and Artefacts

    Nicholas Oddy.

    40. Dressed to Ride

    Emma Hilborn.

    41. Cycle Posters of The Belle Époque:

    Nadine Besse.

    42. Art and the Cycle

    Scotford Lawrence

    Vignette M: The space between: Hilary Norcliffe.

    43. Cycling and Cinema: Revolutionary Films

    Bruce Bennett

    Section 8: Cycling in Literature: An Introduction

    Introduction to Section 8

    Una Brogan

    44. The Bicycle and the Creative Pursuit in French Literature

    Edward Nye.

    45. The Liberating Bicycle in Literature

    Jeremy Withers.

    46. Cycling humor in turn-of-the-century literature

    Una Brogan.

    47. On Bards on Bicycles: The Art of Cycling Poetry

    Justin Daniel Belmont

    48. "The stutter of the world beneath you": The Literature of Cycle Travel

    Dave Buchanan


    Glen Norcliffe is an Emeritus Professor of Geography at York University, Canada.

    Una Brogan is a translator and independent researcher from Northern Ireland, UK.

    Peter Cox is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Chester, UK.

    Boyang Gao is Professor of Urban and Real Estate Management, Central University of Finance and Economics, Beijing.

    Tony Hadland is a Chartered Building Surveyor and historian living in Oxfordshire, UK.

    Sheila Hanlon is a historian specialising in the history of women’s cycling works with a number of organizations such as Cycling UK and the Cycling History Education Trust.

    Tim Jones is Reader in Urban Mobility in the School of the Built Environment at Oxford Brookes University, UK.

    Nicholas Oddy is Head of Department of Design History & Theory at Glasgow School of Art, UK.

    Luis Vivanco is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Humanities Center at the University of Vermont, USA.