Wheel Fever: How Wisconsin Became a Great Bicycling State recounts the complex and fascinating history behind the popularity of biking in Wisconsin. Carefully researched by Nick Hoffman and Jesse Gant, the book traces interesting historical facts from the velocipede craze of 1869 through the wheel fever of the 1890's and on through the 20th century. Wheel Fever is about the origins of bicycling in Wisconsin and why those origins matter, but it is also about our continuing fascination with bicycles.
Authors: Nick Hoffman and Jesse Gant
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Nicholas J. Hoffman is curator at the History Museum at the Castle in Appleton, Wisconsin, and has written articles for the Wisconsin Magazine of History. A native of Hillsboro, Wisconsin, and an avid cyclist, he enjoys exploring the state's landscape on two wheels.
Jesse J. Gant is a native of Janesville, Wisconsin. He has written for the History News Network, the Indiana Magazine of History, and the Wisconsin Magazine of History. Jesse is a committed cyclist.