Ride: Short Fiction About Bicycles, by David A. V. Elver is a grand story about the very first invention of the bicycle, and of course the inspiration for its creation was a beautiful woman. Well, to impress a beautiful woman, that is. So far, this is the best story that I've read in the collection (a dangerous thing to say not having finished all of the stories).
The narration is more my style. The displaced voice of the narrator tells the reader a story. The narrator is wise and knowing, and it picks important (mostly) details. I, very much, enjoyed the voice of the narrator.
The story begins with a telling of the several times the bicycle was invented and presumably under what circumstances. The narrator does not go into much detail about any of them, stating that they are boring or legal issues that prevent the tale from being told. I liked this humorous method that allowed the tale to circle back to the frist, and likely the most important time the bicycle was invented; also, the most dramatic, romantic, and tragic: the bicycle of al-Uzza Barberus III.
Now, with any review of a short story, many important details are reveled that can ruin the reading of it. Thus, I try not give too many away. I will simply reveal these, in no order: Love, Obsession, Invention, Riding a Bike and Swinging a Sword, Unrequited Love, and Death. What a story!
This is a story that I will read again.