Thursday, April 11, 2013

Go Ride A Bike!

April is celebrate everything bicycle month here in Tucson and everyone is encouraged to dust off that helmet, pump up those flat tires and ride your bike to your destination instead of driving. As someone who is deeply (perhaps too deeply) involved in the Cyclovia celebrations this year, I have bikes on my brain. Here are a few titles to ring your bicycle bell - enjoy!
I don't know who the Bike Snob is, but I love him/her. The Bike Snob lives in New York and has just the right level of snarkiness to only slightly offend, but mostly just makes me laugh.  How can you argue with the theory of the Dachshund of Time, ranging from Biblical Times at the tail end, moving to Olden Day, Old School, Back in the Day and Right About Now by the eyes? How about those riding in Noah's Ark just out on a very long commute? Pick up The Enlightened Cyclist by BikeSnobNYC to add a moment of levity to your ride.

It would be nice to have the kind of money and lifestyle where I could order my dream bike. Rob Penn evidently has this kind of life and shares his journey of getting his dream bike built - part by part from the best in the world. Along the way you'll get to vicariously enjoy some of his own around the world biking adventures. Rob traveled from Portland to Italy to London to meet the bike craftsmen who are so dedicated and enthusiastic and proud of what they do. It's hard to be too jealous of this project as Rob is so excited about every inch of his bike.  According to Rob, It's All About the Bike and I would have to agree.
Finally, even though I have no idea what this book was about (probably because I have spreadsheets and intersections and barricades rolling around my brain right now), I do have to share The Burning City. While the story line is a bit convoluted, the descriptions of the bike messenger deliveries in New York will make you jump just like the scenes in the movie Premium Rush. If you like the thrills without worrying about spilling off your own bike, check this one out.

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