10 Bike Books We Want to Read Now

Tillie the Terrible Swede: How One Woman, A Sewing Needle, and A Bicycle Changed History

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Despite being a children's book, Tillie the Terrible Swede: How One Woman, A Sewing Needle, and A Bicycle Change History will give all cyclists a wonderful taste of cycling back during Biking 1.0.

Tillie Anderson, the book's heroine, was a real-life amazing athlete who broke numerous records and won scores of bicycle races during her short career in the mid to late 1890s.

Anderson was part of a group of women cyclists who flaunted Victorian social constraints and moral codes in order to race their bicycles.

Author Sue Stauffacher became entranced with Anderson's story back in 2005, and succeeds in telling a sweet tale of Tillie's rise to short-lived fame -- from Swedish immigrant seamstress to world-class athlete to contented housewife.

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