Photos of Famous Authors and Their Bicycles

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These beloved writers rode bikes before it was cool.

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It's the height of bike-riding season. It's no longer so hot that you can't do more than duck from air conditioned shop to air conditioned shop, but it's still beautiful, and as the air continues to crisp, the cyclists will be out in numbers. And hey, in another life, one of them might have been Leo Tolstoy. We spotted this delightful photo of Leo Tolstoy and his bicycle—he learned to ride at 67!—over at Open Culture, and we were intrigued. Bike riding seems like an appropriate pastime for authors (all those bike-powered book tours and long lazy afternoons), so we thought we'd hunt around to see how many other famous writers liked to zoom about on two wheels. Check out our gallery, and let us know if we missed your favorite snap of a writer on a bike in the comments.

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