As some of you may know, by day I am a librarian, really I am. This means, in a very stereotypical way, I love reading as much as I love riding my bikes. When I can sit down in the evening after a nice long ride and read a book about bicycling pretty much all is right with my world. With that in mind I thought I would share a few of the titles I have read recently or my favorites, just in case you need something to read yourself.
The Lost Cyclist: The Epic Tale of an American Adventurer and His Mysterious Disappearance
By David Herihy, 2010
I really enjoyed this book. It is full of the romance of the bicycle that was at its height during the Victorian period. Frank Lenz sets out on a journey to bike around the world, this book recounts what is known of his journey and the search, although belated, to find him after he disappears in the Middle East.
Winding Rivers Library System Catalog
Filed under: Bike Lanes, Commuting, Education, Gear, How To, Lifestyle
Found Online is a collection of links to interesting articles and items we come across online. Most of these are also posted to our Facebook page (be sure to like our page) as we find them and are put here about once a month.
Holiday Cheer by Bike Bell
[via Commute by Bike] Schwinn has launched a Bell Choir Web site, featuring holiday songs performed on bicycle bells. You can send the songs as e-cards, and Schwinn says, “For each e-carol sent, we will donate Schwinn bikes and helmets to kids across the country.” More… Read more
If you have ever spent more than a few minutes out surfing the bicycling blogoshere you likely have heard about BikeSnobNYC (http://bikesnobnyc.blogspot.com). Not known for trying to make friends, the BikeSnobNYC mercilessly attacks, satirizes and pretty much pokes fun of all things “bike culture.” Hipsters riding fixies and wanna be road racers are some of his favorite targets, bicycle advocates also find themselves in his cross-hairs as well.
Moving from the online world to the “real” world, BikeSnobNYC has published a book titled “Bike snob : systematically and mercilessly realigning the world of cycling.” This smallish tome of just over 200 pages seems to be perfectly sized to fit into a messenger bag or rack trunk and can pretty much be digested in a lazy afternoon. Read more
Filed under: Advocacy, Commuting, DRBC, Gear, How To, Lifestyle, Rides
Hello biking community- my name is Karen and I am contributing to DRBC by writing about my biking experiences. First, a little background on how I got started.
I started commuting by bike in college right here at UWL in the mid-nineties. Finding it easier to find a spot to park a bike than my VW, biking became second nature. I was fortunate enough to live close enough to campus for it to be a short commute. After college I hung up my bike and didn’t ride much for a few years until I discovered mountain biking at the Human Powered Trails. HPT is an amazing trail system that gives a rider of any skill level the opportunity to improve not only bike control and confidence, but also improve technical skills. (If you can jump a log on a trail, you can jump a curb in the city.) If you have not had the opportunity to try out HPT’s trails I encourage you to do so. You can check them out at humanpoweredtrails.com for this season’s info. Read more