Author: Jody Rosen
Two Wheels Good examines the bicycle’s past and peers into its future, challenging myths and cliches, while uncovering cycling’s connection to colonial conquest and the gentrification of cities.
But the book is also a love letter: A reflection on the sensual and spiritual pleasures of bike riding and an ode to an engineering marvel — a wondrous vehicle whose passenger is also its engine.
In Two Wheels Good, writer and critic Jody Rosen reshapes “our understanding of this ubiquitous machine, an ever-present force in humanity’s life and dreamlife — and a flashpoint in culture wars — for more for than 200 years,” said a review on Goodreads.com.
Combining history, reportage, travelogue, and memoir, Rosen sweeps across centuries and around the globe, unfolding the bicycle’s saga from its invention in 1817 to its present-day renaissance as a “green machine,” an emblem of sustainability in a world afflicted by pandemic and climate change. Rosen is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine.
His work has appeared in Slate, New York, The New Yorker, and many other publications.