4 bike books to get you primed for bike month

Tacoma News TribuneApril 22, 2014 

A few books worth checking out to get motivated for May, National Bike Month.

CRAIG HILL

Editor’s Note: The News Tribune and Olympian’s guide to the South Sound's Bike Month appears in Sunday’s editions.

It’s almost bike month, the time of year when I’m inspired to ride a little more and book publishers start peddling their bike books.

Here are four offerings that have come my way recently:

“The Bike Deconstructed” by Richard Hallett

Princeton Architectural Press, $29.95

This book is both beautiful in design and loaded with information that will make you much smarter when it comes to understanding that thing between your legs. Hallett dissects the bike and examines the history and importance of just about every part.

“Cycling Sojourner: Washington” by Ellee Thalheimer

Into Action Publications, $18.95

Ellee Thalheimer outlines overnight bike tours in Washington for cyclists of multiple skill and fitness levels. Tours range from two to six days. This is one of two books in a series. Thalheimer’s other book guides sojourners on touring routes of Oregon.

“Rumble Yell” by Brian David Bruns

Brian David Bruns, $14.95

This self-published book hit stores in November and offers a funny look at America’s most coveted recreation ride, RAGBRAI. Bruns’ book is a fitting tribute to the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, which turned 40 last summer. The famous ride sponsored by The Des Moines Register newspaper, covers about 500 miles in a week and lures 15,000 cyclists from around the world.

“Bikenomics: How Bicycling Can Save the Economy” by Elly Blue

Microcosm Publishing, $14.95

Another offering from late 2013, Portland-based bike writer Elly Blue presents a new perspective on the way people get around, transport their families and spend their money.

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