Commuter & cyclotourist
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Hadley, MA, USA
Bikes: Boulder All Road, Surly Long Haul Trucker, Bike Friday New World Tourist, Breezer Uptown 8, Bike Friday Express Tikit, Trek MultiTrack 730 (Problem? No, I don't have a problem)
I've occasionally thought about designing a course in the history of technology, focusing on the bicycle, but I haven't gotten around to doing it. A few books I would use, either as assigned reading or for my own preparation, include David Herlihy, Bicycle: The History; Frank Berto, The Dancing Chain, 3rd ed.; David Gordon Wilson, Bicycling Science, 3rd ed., Jeff Mapes, Pedaling Revolution, and Bob Mionske, Bicycling and the Law. There are others, but that's where I would start. I'd also use some standard works in the history of technology, such as George Basalla, The Evolution of Technology, and Thomas P. Hughes, Human-Built World, to provide a broader context for thinking about technology in history.