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  • The real feat of this book is that it takes us on a ride-across the centuries and around the globe, through startling history and vivid first-person reporting-offering not just a wry, rich, deeply researched meditation on the bicycle and our relationship to it, but the headlong rush of cruising on two wheels into the unknown

    Patrick Radden Keefe, author of Empire of Pain and Say Nothing
  • Two Wheels Good is better than a book has any right to be, the best thing I've ever read on a single subject. How did Jody Rosen make me care so much about bicycles? With curiosity, conscientiousness, and an exquisitely light touch, he makes a convincing case that the story of the bike is the story of modern life

    Lauren Collins, New Yorker staff writer and author of When in French
  • When I fell in love with riding a bike in New York City last year, what I found myself craving was a history-of the bicycle, but also of that love, one that itself radiated passion, moved like the wind, believed in the power of adventure. But I'm greedy: I wished that whoever wrote this history would find a way to make it personal and ruminative; to bring cities and eras to life. Lo and behold: Jody Rosen has written that very book. My wish has come true and a door's been blown open. I got more than I knew I wanted

    Wesley Morris, Pulitzer Prize winning critic, New York Times
  • The stores are filled with books on little things that changed everything, but Jody Rosen's new book offers us a real little thing-the simple bicycle-that really did change everything, from the shape of our streets to the inner life of our imaginations. Showing how the bicycle has been by turns mechanical, utilitarian and political, a feminist engine and a proletarian necessity-only to end as the modern city dweller's green-dream vehicle-this is social history as it ought to be written: funny, precise, surprising, anti-dogmatic and unafraid of following a story, brakes off, to wherever the tale might want to glide

    Adam Gopnik, author of Paris to the Moon
  • Wide-ranging and inquisitive, Two Wheels Good is like an entire library of books on the bicycle

    Lucy Sante, author of Low Life

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