Book Reviews from Coralie

Thanks to our Coralie, our well-read cyclist for these reviews.

Bicycling through time: the Farren collection

By Paul and Charlie Farren

Mulgrave, Victoria: Images, 2013

A great coffee table book illustrating Charlie and Paul Farren’s collection of antique bicycles. Rod Charles took a group from Cycling Geelong to visit the collection in Richmond some years ago, a memorable day. The book has wonderful photographs and details of a collection which centres on 19th century and early 20th century bicycles. A good present for a cyclist.

The 50 greatest bike rides of the world

By Sarah Woods

London: Icon, 2016

This book is similar to Lonely Planet’s ‘Epic bike rides of the world’ although Sarah Woods’ book is not a coffee table glossy. Both books list a few bike rides in different parts of the world, they just whet the appetite.

Tour de Oz

Bret Harris

Sydney Australia: Harper Collins, 2017

The story of Arthur Richardson who set off from Perth on his bicycle in 1899 planning to be the first to first to cycle the 18, 507 km around Australia. But a group of three – brothers Frank and Alex White and Donald Mackay, at the same time, were attempting the same ride in the opposite, counter-clockwise direction. This is the story of the remarkable rides to be the first to ‘circumcycle’ pre-Federation Australia, on difficult terrain, with 19th century bikes (look at the Farren Collection for illustrations), and problems with food, water, communications, animals, etc.