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H.G. Wells: The first bicycle touring author October 29th, 2014

H.G. Wells Bicycle Quote

H.G. Wells wasn’t just a visionary when it came to time machines or men walking on the moon, he also wrote the very first book about bicycle touring, which also helped give rise to the female emancipation movement.

The Wheels of Chance features a story about a man and a woman cycling through the English countryside and addresses topics of social change, like female emancipation. It was written at the height of the first cycling craze (1890–1905), when practical, comfortable bicycles first became widely and cheaply available and before the rise of the automobile. The advent of the bicycle stirred sudden and profound changes in the social life of England when even the working class could travel far, fast and cheap, and the idea of travelling for pleasure became a possibility for thousands of people for the first time. This new freedom began to weaken the rigid English class structure and it gave a powerful boost to the existing movement toward female emancipation, which Wells explores in his story.

The Wheels of Chance: A Bicycling Idyll by H.G. Wells The hero of The Wheels of Chance, Mr. Hoopdriver, is much like any modern day bicycle tourer. He is a frustrated draper’s assistant (a position Wells briefly worked) who was under-paid and over-worked. This inspires him to take a bicycle tour of the Southern Coast on his annual 10-day holiday. He reevaluates his life and, of course, falls in love.

The Wheels of Chance is reprinted here for your convenience, courtesy of Project Gutenberg. We hope you enjoy it. ~ Scott

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Don’t miss these bicycle quotes from Wells.

And more great bicycle quotes from the Women’s Suffrage
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How to fall uphill

How to fall uphill by Scott Stoll

Here is a fun new graphic that I created. It has been simmering in my brain for years. I think it really captures the essence how doubt and fear are essential to any adventure. The trick is harnessing that emotional fuel and turning disadvantages into advantages. Available as a free classroom poster. Contact Scott.


Cayendo hacia arriba: El Secreto de la Vida Update: The new book about living your dream is here. "The Cupcake Boy". Illustrated by Amy Belle Elementary School. More about the book >>>

Cayendo hacia arriba: El Secreto de la Vida Update: My trip to Argentina as the Cultural Ambassador with the U.S. Department of State was a smashing success. The U.S. Embassy gave away 2000 free copies to the teachers and students of the 13 schools that participated. Most of these kids have never owned a book, much less had an opportunity to talk about what they dream in life.

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Bicycle Ride Around the World

I asked myself, "If I could do anything, what would I do?" My answer was to ride a bicycle around the world until I discovered happiness and the meaning of life. Discover what happened during the 4-year journey. Read all about it.

Scott Stoll celebrating have ridden a bicycle around the world

Above: The map of Scott's adventure.
Below: Re-imagine the journey in the best-selling independent book "Falling Uphill".

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Best-Selling Independent Book

Falling Uphill:

One man's quest for happiness around the world on a bicycle.

In one week, Scott Stoll lost his job, his best friend, his girlfriend and his confidence. Disillusioned with society, full of angst, a lost and wandering soul with nothing left to lose, Stoll asked himself a question: “If I only have one life, one chance, if I could do anything, what would I do?”

His answer resulted in a 4 year and 25,742 mile odyssey around the world by bicycle, seeking answers to the great mysteries of life, vowing to find happiness or die trying. The quest wasn’t easy. He was imprisoned, held hostage, mugged, run over, suspected of terrorism, accused of espionage, trampled, diseased, heartbroken—he nearly died a dozen times. But more importantly, in the most unlikely places, he also discovered the wonders of the world, kindness among strangers, the meaning of life, peace, love and — Yes!— happiness — in the last place to look — and much more than he imagined possible.

Re-live and re-imagine a journey around the world on a bicycle as a man stumbles through moments of pure survival and moments of pure enlightenment. More info. or Buy now.

Falling Uphill The short film: A montage of photos and videos from Scott's 4 year, 26,000 mile bicycle tour around the world. Previously a Youtube Feature Video and specially requested for the Boston Bicycle Film Festival. "I nearly cried watching this video. Just a normal guy and look what he has achieved." ~ Ingrid K.

Jason battling the skeleton warriors. Still from the 1963 movie "Jason and the Argonauts". Jason and the Argonauts

The Archetypal Adventure

I recommend you read about the original Greek myth of Jason and the Argonauts, including the history, culture and the actual story. I've been collecting this info for years; and I find it fascinating how this myth has embedded itself in our culture. More info.


Misc resources

Falling Uphill

Oxygen Depletion. Have you ever wondered how much your car breathes?