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This is the story of canadas encounter with the bicycle in the late nineteenth century set in the context of the cultural movement known as modernity glen norcliffe covers the bicycles history from about 1869 when the first bicycle appeared in canada until about 1900 a date that marks the end of the era when bicycles were a recognized symbol of modernity and social status cycling get this from a library the ride to modernity the bicycle in canada 1869 1900 glen norcliffe this is the story of canadas encounter with the bicycle in the late nineteenth century set in the context of the cultural movement known as modernity glen norcliffe covers the bicycles history ride to modernity the bicycle in canada 1869 1900 by glen norcliffe toronto university of toronto press 2001 pp xvi+288 602495 glen norcliffe sets out to meet two goals connected by a common themevehicles for human transport that have two wheels and require balancing by the rider date back to the early 19th century the first means of transport making use of two wheels arranged consecutively and thus the archetype of the bicycle was the german draisine dating back to 1817 the term bicycle was coined in france in the 1860s and the descriptive title penny farthing used to describe the term bells and whistles came into common use as recently as the mid 1980s when journalists began to employ it to describe the new generation of microcomputers in that highly competitive market computer manufacturers started adding extras to woo the potential buyer

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