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I've been on a quest to find cycle-related books to inspire me and share with others. And have I found some great ones!
Every other month I will try to highlight a different book. Each book has been sourced locally or online and may be purchased from major retailers/book stores.
I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
What could it be????
Reviews & Photography by Dan Roitner
"Discover new cycling destinations in Southern Ontario, Canada. Included are city Park and rural forest paths, plus Rail Trails. Most routes are flat, easy terrain, for safe, car-free cycling that all ages can enjoy. "
"After many years of riding and scouting trails, Dan Roitner has compiled extensive information, useful maps and photos for this guide. Start planning your next great ride today!"
"*A new 2021 update has replaced the maps with more detailed ones and added trail start and endpoints plus parking locations to aid cyclists. Anyone with an older book can go to the download page mentioned in the book for a free update page they can print out as a book insert."
This is a nice trail book (published in 2019). Like his other book, it's not intended to be all encompassing so keep that in mind, but it's a great reference. Hopefully it'll entice you (again!) to consider cycling on other trails across Southern Ontario! Time for me to print out the 2021 updated book insert!
Reviews, Maps & Photos by Dan Roitner
"Discover the many diverse MTB destinations in Ontario, Canada. Recommendations range from beginner trails ideal for riders just trying out the sport to the toughest double-black runs that challenge even the experts."
"After many years of riding these trails, Dan Roitner has written the MTB trail guide he always wished for. He combined his trail reviews, photos and mapping data into this comprehensive and entertaining guidebook."
"Written with insight and humour—and crammed with info—this book will lead you to the best MTB trails Ontario has to offer. There’s a lot more riding in this province than you thought possible!"
This is a nice MTB trail book (published in 2020). It's not intended to be all encompassing so keep that in mind, but it's a great reference. Hopefully it'll entice you to consider cycling on other trails across Ontario!
Story and Pictures by Taj Mihelich (Former BMX World Champion)
"Bernie is one of the top bike builders in the world. His bikes are so fast and so beautifully made that bike racers and wealthy bike collectors alike buy up every bike he can make. It is sad to him that the bikes he builds all end up being sent far away and that none of his close friends seem interested in them. After a talk with his friend Monty the Corgi, Bernie learns that his friends (who are not bike racers) think they can't fit on his high-performance-built-for-speed bikes. Bernie sees this as a design challenge and sets to work building bikes his friends can ride."
This is just cute and GREAT for kids! Ok, ok, I REALLY liked it too. Animals of all shapes and sizes riding bikes ... it doesn't get much better than that in showing that anyone can ride!
by Michael Embacher, Photographs by Bernhard Angerer
"For every way to ride, there's a bicycle to fit the need. An homage to the beauty of the bike, Cyclepedia showcases the innovations and legacies of bicycle design over the past century. Join longtime bike enthusiast and avid collector Michael Embacher for a tour of 100 bicycles, from the finest racing bikes and high-tech hybrids to the bizarrely specific (such as a bike designed to cycle on ice). "
"Captivating photographs, detailed component lists, and anecdotal information illuminate the details that make each bicycle unique. Also including a foreword by cyclist and designer Paul Smith, Cyclepedia is the ultimate coffee-table book for devotees of the two-wheeled life.
Ok, so another book on cool bikes but this one covers some designs you have never seen before.
NOTE: This book is the 2011 edition. There is a 2019 edition by the author titled "Cyclepedia: 90 Years of Modern Bicycle Design."
"Bicycle is an extraordinary celebration of the history of cycling, from BMX and mountain biking to track and road racing. Ride through the sport's history and discover classic and cutting-edge bicycles, following the evolution of cycling throughout the decades."
"Stunning photography gives you a detailed look at bicycles through the ages, with key annotations and statistics to ensure you don’t miss a detail. Discover the moments in history that sparked inspiration and the people who pushed the limits in design and engineering to perfect performance and enjoyment."
"Ideal for anyone with a love for cycling, Bicycle features modern-day high-performance bikes and bike technology, along with profiles of famous cyclists, and iconic manufacturers and brands. With detailed images, maps, and histories of key races and competitions, this book is a stylish and fascinating addition to any cycling enthusiast's collection."
Cool pics of bikes through cycling history and tons of information. What more can I say???!!!
by Laurie Ann Thompson & Sean Qualls
"Here is the inspiring true story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, who cycled four hundred miles across Ghana--with only one strong leg--to spread his powerful message: disability does not mean inability."
Like April's book, this is a MUST read! Wow!
by Hayley Diep and Braden Hallett (illustrator)
"This book features fearless girls mountain biking, skateboarding, rock climbing, and surfing. They may fall but they get back up again!"
What a great book! I love it! Must read!