A Whirr of Many Wheels – Volume 3 now out

The final volume of Rod Charles’s definitive history of cycling in the Geelong region is finally available.

Volume 3 of

A Whirr of Many Wheels,

the history of cycling in Geelong, this time from 1945 to the 1980s the last of the trilogy Price $80 available from Barwon Booksellers (cash only) or from Rod Charles.

Congratulations, Rod for this achievement.

Rod’s history is far more than facts and figures about cycling.  It follows the history of Geelong and the impact of the bicycle on that history.  There are hundreds of historic photographs, documents and news reports to peruse.

An auction success – the oldest news from Rod

Our cycling historian, Rod Charles, reports…

Had a major win at a Woodend auction recently when I was able to find a bound volume of The Australian Cyclist for the years 1897 and 1898. Work on volume 3 of A Whirr.. is coming along but a find like this enables me to add detail into volume1 for the future. In the first 20 pages I found a description of the first meeting of the Pivot Cycling Club and notes of a club I had little knowledge of, the Geelong Recreation Cycling Club. You would think in over 600 pages I could get it right but It seems the story will continue to expand.

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We await the online appendices for Rod’s ever-expanding project.

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A Whirr of Many Wheels: Volume 2 book launch – June 6th

The launch of A Whirr of Many Wheels is to take place at Osborne House Swinburne Street North Geelong on Saturday afternoon 6 June 2015 at 2 pm for 2.30 pm. All are welcome.

The subject matter is all things cycling in the period 1914 to 1945, to the war end with a focus on Geelong of course but cyclists tend to go everywhere so all that going everywhere is included.

Copies of this volume will be available then but they are available now from Rod Charles or Barwon Booksellers in James street. The price is $60

A smaller number of copies had been printed this time. Suggest if you wish to obtain one, before the event might be preferable.