“Get a bicycle. You will not regret it if you live.” – Mark Twain, Taming the Bicycle
Whether you are an experienced cyclist or beginner, now is a good time to re-commit to Pedal Power. Perhaps you want more exercise. Perhaps you feel guilty with your greenhouse gas emissions. Perhaps you want to know Seattle better, in which case cycling will bring you to new streets. And perhaps you are like me, wishing you knew bike mechanics so you don’t have to purchase tune-up packages once a year.
It won’t surprise you that we have fabulous books about bikes in our library system. Here are a few of my recommendations:
Witty and accessible, this book shows how cycling can be fun for anyone – even for the beginner’s learning curve. Learn rules of the road – and how to keep yourself out of embarrassing accidents. Read about possible dilemmas not often talked about, such as crotch health. And receive tips on how to organize your own community activities like neighborhood rides (because it’s more fun with more than one).
Open your Heart with Bicycling: Mastering Life through Love of the Road by Shawn Rohrbach
Political, self-help, creative nonfiction — this book seeks to get you on the saddle and keep you riding. Think of this as a companion book to any maintenance or trail guide. Whereas a technical book will tell you where to go or how to keep your bike in good condition, this book addresses obstacles that keep you from actually cycling. (Sometimes it does not matter how short the mileage or how nice the bike.) You can open your heart toward personalizing a training plan — whether to get in better shape, or to make cycling more free and easy.
Bicycling Science by David Gordon Wilson
Allow your brain to spin around the world of bicycle physics. Learn the science behind fundamentals like power, speed, braking and balancing. This book is not all science; the first chapter shares “a short history of bicycling” and the last section explores where human-powered vehicles are progressing, such as bicycle-powered lawn mowers and school busses. Loaded with information, you might want to renew this book at least once.
Now as for you getting on your bicycle, consider playing along with SPL this May during National Bike to Work Month! Cascade Bicycle Club is hosting another challenge (this year dubbed the Bike Everywhere Challenge). Our very own SPL has two bike teams organized, the Paperback Riders and the Rolling Tomes. You can join or create a team to compete for the most mileage, or take the high road: ride your bike to work, but keep it to yourself. Otherwise check out Cascade Bicycle Club’s event calendar for some fun activities. Now is a great time to build community around bicycles.
~ posted by Nicole S.