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Friday, December 16, 2011

RIDE: Short fiction about bicycles

If you are reading this blog the odds are pretty good you're a fan of bicycles and if you're a fan of bicycles, I think the odds are good that you'll find something in Ride: Short fiction about bicycles that you'll like better than the money you'll spend to buy it. Please DON'T buy it just to get a story from me, I give stories away for free all the time here and my little bit of fiction included in Ride will be familiar to my readers. Buy Ride for all the other stuff in there.

The stories in this collection span the world in terms of settings and scenes. Moods range from the darkest nights to the sunniest of days. Some characters are folks you'd want as friends, some you'll hope to never meet. Each story is a ride down an interesting road and every reader will find his or her own favorite. The book opens with a sucker punch to the gut with Paul Guyot's dark masterpiece "I'm Bob Deerman" and many clicks later I read the final screen of Barbara Jay Wilson's "Red Dot" with a big, dumb smile on my face. And Taliah Lempert's illustrations show that books don't have to be printed on paper to be beautiful.

Currently Ride is available on the Kindle or the Nook for $3.99. Kindle software is available for free on wide range of devices and phones, so even if you don't have an e-reader, you can buy and read Ride. And for those of you who want a real paper book with pages, it's available inpaperback for $7.99.

To date I haven't written much fiction but I'm proud to have my story included in Ride. Keith Snyder did a great job putting this collection together and reading these stories has set some more wheels turning in my head. Thanks Keith, for taking us along on this Ride.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

50 More Good Bicycle Books

Last week I published a list of 50 Good Bicycle Books and I knew it was nowhere near an exhaustive list. Today I present 50 More Good Bicycle Books and the quality of the titles on this list are just as high (or maybe higher) than the books on my first list. In some cases titles and authors are in the "Oh God, I can't believe I forgot so and so" category and in other cases they are titles or authors sent to me by people saying "Oh God, I can't believe you forgot so and so". And some titles are gems I've uncovered by following other links or tips.

Not every book on this list will appeal to everyone but I think anyone who shares a love of bicycles and bikes will find something of value on this list. This list is presented in the same format and with the same caveats as my previous list.

I don't describe the books, but each title links to an Amazon page with description, reviews, etc. If you hate Amazon and want to support your local bookshop, go find these books at your local store. I am an Amazon Affiliate so if you do wind up buying one of these books on Amazon after clicking a link from here it will not cost you anything extra but about 6% of the purchase price goes to me. That's the main way I keep the bits flowing through this blog, so if you choose to do that, thank you very much.

While I doubt that I'll compile a third list (a hundred books seems like a nice round number) please feel free to continue to leave comments pointing out more good bicycle books.

And now, without further ado, here's my list of 50 More Good Bicycle Books:


Atomic Zombie's Bicycle Builder's Bonanza by Brad Graham and Kath McGowan

Be Brave, Be Strong: A Journey Across the Great Divide by Jill Homer

Bicycle History: A Chronological Cycling History of People, Races, and Technology by James L. Witherell

Bike Tripping by Tom Cuthbertson

Catfish and Mandala: A Two-Wheeled Voyage Through the Landscape and Memory of Vietnam by Andrew X. Pham

Curious George Rides a Bike by H. A. Rey

Cycling Home from Siberia: 30,000 miles, 3 years, 1 bicycle by Rob Lilwall

Cycling the Great Divide: From Canada to Mexico on America's Premier Long Distance Mountain Bike Route by Michael McCoy

Eat, Sleep, Ride: How I Braved Bears, Badlands, and Big Breakfasts in My Quest to Cycle the Tour Divide by Paul Howard

Every Woman's Guide to Cycling: Everything You Need to Know, From Buying Your First Bike toWinning Your First Race by Selene Yeager

French Revolutions: Cycling the Tour de France By Tim Moore

Full Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle by Dervla Murphy

Ghost Trails by Jill Homer

Heft on Wheels: A Field Guide to Doing a 180 by Mike Magnuson

Hell on Two Wheels: An Astonishing Story of Suffering, Triumph, and the Most Extreme Endurance Race in the World by Amy Snyder

Hey Mom, Can I Ride My Bike Across America?: Five Kids Meet Their Country by John Seigel Boettner

Hungry Cyclist by Tom Kevill-Davies

Into the Remote Places by Ian Hibell and Clinton Trowbridge

Iron Riders: Story of the 1890s Fort Missoula Buffalo Soldier Bicycle Corps by George Niels Sorensen

Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Richard & Nicholas Crane

Moods of Future Joys by Alastair Humphreys

Mud, Sweat, and Gears: A Rowdy Family Bike Adventure Across Canada on Seven Wheels by Joe Kurmaskie

Need for the Bike by Paul Fournel

On Bicycles: 50 Ways the New Bike Culture Can Change Your Lifeedited by Amy Walker

Richard's 21st Century Bicycle Book by Richard Ballantine

Riding Outside The Lines: International Incidents and Other Misadventures with the Metal Cowboy by Joe Kurmaskie

Rough Ride: Behind the Wheel With a Pro Cyclist by Paul Kimmage

Round Ireland in Low Gear by Eric Newby

Sloane's Complete Book of Bicycling: The Cyclist's Bible (25th Anniversary Edition) by Eugene Sloane

Spokesongs: Bicycle Adventures on Three Continents by Willie Weir

Stealing from a Deep Place: Travels in Southeastern Europe by Brian Hall

Super Grandpa by David M. Schwartz

Ten Lessons from the Road by Alastair Humphreys

The Bicycle Wheel by Jobst Brandt

The Bike Lesson by Stan and Jan Berenstain

The Complete Book of Long-Distance Cycling: Build the Strength, Skills, and Confidence to Ride as Far as You Want by Edmund R. Burke and Ed Pavelka

The Death of Marco Pantani: A Biography by Matt Rendell

The Happiness of Pursuit: A Father's Courage, a Son's Love and Life's Steepest Climb by Davis Phinney

The Lead Goat Veered Off: A Bicycling Adventure on Sardinia by Neil Anderson

The Masked Rider: Cycling in West Africa by Neil Peart

The Quotable Cyclist: Great Moments of Bicycling Wisdom, Inspiration and Humor edited by Bill Strickland

The Six-Day Bicycle Races: America's Jazz-age Sport by Peter Nye

The Urban Biking Handbook: The DIY Guide to Building, Rebuilding, Tinkering with, and Repairing Your Bicycle for City Living by Charles Haine

The Wind in My Wheels: Travel Tales from the Saddle by Josie Dew

The Wonderful Ride by George T. Loher

Thunder & Sunshine by Alastair Humphreys

Travels With Rosinante: 5 Years Cycling Round the World by Bernard Magnouloux

Travels in a Strange State by Josie Dew

Two Wheels And A Map: A Solo Bicycle Journey Down The East Coast by Bob Neubauer

Wheels Within Wheels by Dervla Murphy


Keep 'em rolling,

Kent "Mountain Turtle" Peterson
Issaquah, WA USA