Monday, May 3, 2010

Easy Rider: Books on Bicycling

May is National Bike Month, so now is a good time to get out your bicycle and go for a ride.  If your bike has been sitting in storage all winter, you will want to tune it up and make sure it's in top cycling condition.  More seasoned bicyclists might consider going on a bike tour.  Here are some books to inspire you to hit the road:

Bicycle Diaries by David Byrne. 
Call no.: 796.64 BYR
Former Talking Heads front man, avid biker and all-around cool guy, David Byrne writes this travelogue of his adventures biking around the world.  Byrne also designed a series of bike racks on display around New York City, see them here.
Find it in the catalog!

The Bicycling Guide to Complete Bicycle Maintenance and Repair for Road and Mountain Bikes by Todd Downs.
Call no.: 629.2877 DOW
Save costs by fixing your bike yourself.  Even if your bike is in good condition, the maintenance tips will help your bike last longer and stay out of the shop.  For real bike geeks, there is information on building your dream bike. 
Find it in the catalog!

Bicycling Magazine's Guide to Bike Touring: Everything You Need to Know to Travel Anywhere on a Bike by Doug Donaldson. 
Call no.: 764.64 DON
Plan your own biking adventure with this book.  Find out about choosing the right destination for your trip, choosing the proper bike and equipment, tips on riding safely just about anywhere, and the top ten dream biking destinations.
Find it in the catalog!

Complete Bike Book by Chris Sidwells.
Call no.: 629.2272 SID
Improve your bike riding techniques or learn maintenance and repair tips from this all-inclusive bicycling guide.
Find it in the catalog!

Zinn and the Art of Road Bike Maintenance by Lennard Zinn.
Call no.: 629.2877 ZIN
Whether you are a novice or expert bike mechanic, this book will help you keep your bike looking good and moving fast!
Find it in the catalog!

The Road That Has No End: How We Traded Our Ordinary Lives for an Around the World Bicycle Adventure by Tim Travis.
Call no.: 917.2 TRA
Chronicles a biking tour of Latin America that Tim and his wife went on after selling their home and many of their possessions.  Life lessons abound!
Find it in the catalog!

Hiking and Biking in the Fox River Valley by Jim Hochgesang.  
Call no.: 917.73 HOC
You don't have to go far to become one with nature!  Check out one of the bike trails in Kane and McHenry county.
Find it in the catalog!