Category Archives: literature

Review of “The Bohemian Guide to Urban Cycling”


I recently completed a compelling book entitled, The Bohemian Guide to Urban Cycling. Afterwards, I waited for a few weeks before writing this post because the book’s theme does a significant about-face. The first half identifies and repeats a number … Continue reading

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A triumphant collection of bicycling short stories


Metal Cowboy contains an outstanding collection of short stories written by author and bicycle tourist Joe Kurmaskie. Some are witty and humorous. Some are poignant and thought-provoking. All of the stories in this delightful collection are captivating. I strongly recommend … Continue reading

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Palo Alto to Tierra del Fuego by bicycle


I am not kidding. That is the lengthy north-to-south course taken by author, climate scientist, and touring cyclist David Kroodsma , which he describes with intriguing detail in the book, The Bicycle Diaries; My 21,000 Mile Ride for the Climate. … Continue reading

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Tom Waite’s Ten “Loose Suggestions” for Drivers


Below are a list of ten “loose suggestions” for drivers listed on pages 111-114 of Mr. Waite’s hilarious and often poignant new 2014 book release, entitled Chronic Pedalitis. Personally, I think the majority of these should be and could be … Continue reading

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Plying the street eddies as a cycling courier


Below is a weblink to an excellent article from The Guardian on the ups and downs of being a cycling courier – from its heyday in the 1990s to today. The story is a prelude to an upcoming book, which given the … Continue reading

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This ain’t no fiction – pedaling books by bike


Public library systems in several North American cities have successfully initiated a book bike program which literally (bad pun) brings books right to you on bicycles. The earliest version of this I have come across is from the Pima County … Continue reading

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“On Bicycles” – the spiritual essence of the bike culture


If you were ever searching for a single reference resource on all things bicycles, then the book, On Bicycles: 50 Ways the Bike Culture Can Change Your Life, is definitely the place to start. This fine compendium is a required … Continue reading

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The rebirth of something quite special – Lansing Bike Co-op


Kathy and I were privileged to attend a fundraiser for the newly revived Lansing Bike Co-op yesterday at the exceptionally hip and recently renovated Zoobie’s Old Town Tavern. The place was packed with supporters and well-wishers celebrating the rebirth of … Continue reading

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Multi-tasking by bicycle – Bike to Work Day!


I love this terrific cartoon by Andy Singer. It pretty much says it all. Happy National Bike to Work Day (Friday, May 16, 2014) to everyone!

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Dude…what happend to your hair?


We’ve all had them – bicycling hairdos gone wild. LOL  Cheers!

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