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Old 12-08-10, 12:00 PM   #1
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Bicycling reading lists--fiction or non-fiction

I have some free time over winter break to read something I actually want to read.
Can anyone recommend any books that feature bicycling prominently?

any awesome touring travel-logs? any Luddite-themed novels? maybe just good road-trip adventure books?
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Old 12-08-10, 12:09 PM   #2
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How about http://www.kenkifer.com/
I just wish it was available in print format.

Some other good reads include Kerouac novels and Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild.
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http://manybooks.net/search.php?search=On+a+bicycle
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If you are getting into transportational cycling and have to read one book, this should be it. http://www.amazon.com/Art-Cycling-Bi.../dp/0762743166



Hurst tells you a lot about handling traffic, staying off the asphalt, being careful on MUPs, railroad crossing and manholes... just generally a bunch of stuff essential for staying in one-piece.
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Bicycle Diaries by David Byrne (of the Talking Heads)
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If you are getting into transportational cycling and have to read one book, this should be it. http://www.amazon.com/Art-Cycling-Bi.../dp/0762743166



Hurst tells you a lot about handling traffic, staying off the asphalt, being careful on MUPs, railroad crossing and manholes... just generally a bunch of stuff essential for staying in one-piece.
Sounds interesting, maybe I'll order a used copy for $3.
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For those who are interested in alternatives to the consumer-driven economy, and eco-friendly ways of making a difference for your own health and for others:
"In Defense of Food" by Michael Pollan
"Creating a World Without Poverty" by Mohammad Yunus

These books changed my life.
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Bicycle Diaries by David Byrne (of the Talking Heads)
That's an especially good read for this crowd. Byrne uses a bike for transportation and for exploring cities all over the world. (The way he takes his bike with him to every city he works in reminds me of wahoonc ) He has a lot of interesting ideas about city planning and a knack for describing how the world looks from a bike saddle.
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...how the world looks from a bike saddle.
That's why I enjoy it. He rarely mentions his bike, but it's a constant undertone.
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It's not about cycling but backpacking the Grand Canyon.The Man who Walked though Time,by Colin Fletcher.
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It's not about cycling but backpacking the Grand Canyon.The Man who Walked though Time,by Colin Fletcher.
I read The Complete Walker by Fletcher a while back. I have to say I started with little or no interest in back-packing but was enthralled by the book and read it right to the end. I think I'll follow up on this suggestion.
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steinbeck

http://www.amazon.com/Travels-Charle...2311143&sr=8-1

I just finished rereading steinbeck's of mice and men and i saw in the back a list of other books with descriptions. "Travels with Charley in Search of America" sounds interesting.

In 1960 John Steinbeck decided to reacquaint himself with America after being away because, in his own words, "I've lost the flavor and taste and sound of it. I'm going to learn about my own country." So he set out on a 3+ month journey with his dog to do just that. Along the way, he met people and made conversation, observed the state of the country, and let his mind wander as he made his journey. Then he returned to his mobile cabin at night and recorded the day's events. These journal entries became "Travels with Charley."
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