Books for Cyclists

Don't look for technical manuals here. These titles are all about the possibilities of the open road.

The Noblest Invention: An Illustrated History of the Bicycle

By Editors of Bicycling Magazine

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A beautiful, oversized book filled with bicycle trivia and history.

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The Bike Path

By Eliot Lankford

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“Experiences, both physical and metaphysical can be profound out on The Bike Path. This ride will take you from the top of a very small hill to the outer reaches of the universe then back down into the vastness of the human soul. As you explore the activity of mountain biking through Lankford's eyes you will perhaps begin to see deeper into an understanding of Nature and the evolving spirit of humankind.”

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Over the Hills: A Midlife Escape Across America by Bicycle

By David Lamb

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“David Lamb's journey--on a sleek 21-speed touring bicycle--carried him 3,145 miles, from his home near the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., all the way to the pier in Santa Monica, California. The result is a highly personal account of coming to grips with middle age in the tradition of Howell Raines’ Fly Fishing Through the Midlife Crisis. Lamb did no training for his cross-country feat, failed to curb his addiction to either cigarettes or junk food, and along the way encountered an America all but invisible to those unfortunate travelers held hostage by the interstate.”

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Need for the Bike

By Paul Fournel

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“A book like no other, Paul Fournel's Need for the Bike conducts readers into a very personal world of communication and connection whose center is the bicycle, and where all people and things pass by way of the bike. In compact and suggestive prose, Fournel conveys the experience of cycling--from the initial charm of early outings to the dramas of the devoted cyclist.”

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Ireland, a Bicycle, and a Tin Whistle

By David A. Wilson

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Ireland, a Bicycle, and a Tin Whistle takes us on a journey across wild open spaces and through crowded pubs and festivals that pulse with energy and life. This is the Ireland of fiddles, harps, and flutes, butterflies on bog roads, Country-and-Irish songs, Ulster Fries, storytelling, yarnspinning, and jigs and reels to the crack of dawn. As he travels through the North, Wilson gets beneath the surface to portray both the tragedy and comedy of everyday life inside the Protestant and Catholic communities.”

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How I Learned to Ride the Bicycle: Reflections of an Influential 19th-Century Woman

By Frances E. Willard

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This prominent American social reformist decided to take up bicycling at the age of 53. She saw mastering a bicycle as a way for young women to master her personal destiny. Includes a separate section, “Women and Cycling: The Early Years,” that recalls all sorts of interesting yet specious reasons why young ladies should not attempt to master the machine.

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Following the Sun: A Bicycle Pilgrimage from Andalusia to the Hebrides

By John Hanson Mitchell

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“Mitchell spins the story of his entrancing, sun-drenched bicycle journey from the beaches of Southern Spain to solar temples in the Outer Hebrides.”

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Africatrek: A Journey by Bicycle Through Africa

By Dan Buettner

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"The vast expanse of the Sahara Desert dwarfed two cyclists of the Africantrek team. In Tunisia, North Africa, team members began their journey by dipping their rear wheels in the Mediterranean sea. More than eight months later, the group reached its goal at Cape Agulhas, South Africa."

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The Memory of Running

By Ron McLarty

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Working as a quality control inspector at a toy factory in Rhode Island, friendless alcoholic Smithy Ide considers himself a loser until a tragic event prompts him to set off on an epic cross-country bicycle journey that promises him a final chance to become the man he has always wanted to be.

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