Wyatt’s World: Nurturing the New Bike Culture

The Tour de France‚ the epic three-week bike race that begins June 30 and ends July 22‚ is a great reminder of the bike culture growing in cities and towns around the United States. Biking is not only about amazing athletes climbing mountains on two wheels. Lots of ordinary people ride bike to work and the market, and some do it just for fun. Here are a few books to support their interests:

  • Cyclepedia: A Century of Iconic Bicycle Design by Michael Embacher (Chronicle)
  • The Urban Biking Handbook: The DIY Guide to Building, Rebuilding, Tinkering with, and Repairing Your Bicycle for City Living by Charles Haine (Quarry Bks.). Also make sure you have the Lennard Zinn books on bike maintenance and The Bicycling Guide to Complete Bicycle Maintenance & Repair by Todd Downs.
  • It’s All About the Bike: The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels by Robert Penn (Bloomsbury)
  • Just Ride: A Radically Practical Guide to Riding Your Bike by Grant Petersen (Workman)
  • On Bicycles: 50 Ways the New Bike Culture Can Change Your Life edited by Amy Walker (New World Library)


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Neal Wyatt About Neal Wyatt

Neal Wyatt compiles LJ's online feature Wyatt's World and is the author of The Readers' Advisory Guide to Nonfiction (ALA Editions, 2007). She is a collection development and readers' advisory librarian from Virginia. Those interested in contributing to The Reader's Shelf should contact her directly at Readers_Shelf@comcast.net