Subject Guide: Bicycles & Riding

May is National Bike Month and May 16, 2014, is National Bike to Work Day. Bicycles are a great form of transportation & recreation. The resources below offer places to ride, skills needed, bicycle maintenance, safety concerns and laws regarding cycling. 

Last updated: January 10, 2013

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  • Awesome Freestyle BMX Tricks & Stunts
    by Lori Polydoros

    Describes tricks performed by professional freestyle BMX riders.

  • Bicycling, a Reintroduction
    by Karen Ruth

    Interest in bicycling is growing rapidly, with worldwide industry sales up 10 to 25% per year over the past decade. There are currently 450 million bicycles owned in the US, with over 60 million adult riders. Interest in commuting (gas prices), health and fitness (boomers retiring), and environmental concerns (zero emissions) are converging to make bicycling a subject area of continued high growth.

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  • Comlete Bike Maintenance
    by Fred Milson

    The best-selling bicycle maintenance book is back in an expanded, revised, and updated edition. This new edition includes the latest equipment from Shimano, Campagnolo, and SRAM as well as substantial sections on hub gears and the various types of bottom bracket/chainset combinations. With its step-by-step photos, it gives any rider the confidence and knowledge required to tackle regular maintenance, repairs, and even major overhauls.

  • The Enlightened Cyclist: Commuter Angst, Dangerous Drivers, and Other Obstacles on the Path to Two-Wheeled Transcendence
    by Bike Snob NYC

    Following up the bestselling “Bike Snob,” BikeSnob NYC takes on the trials and triumphs of bike commuting with snark, humor, and enthusiasm. From the deadly sins of biking to tactics for dealing with cars, this primer is a must-read for cyclists new and seasoned alike.

  • It's All About the Bike: The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels
    by Robert Penn

    Robert Penn has saddled up nearly every day of his adult life. In his late twenties, he pedaled 25,000 miles around the world. Today he rides to get to work, sometimes for work, to bathe in air and sunshine, to travel, to go shopping, to stay sane, and to skip bath time with his kids. He’s no Sunday pedal pusher. So when the time came for a new bike, he decided to pull out all the stops. He would build his dream bike, the bike he would ride for the rest of his life; a customized machine that reflects the joy of cycling.

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  • Smart Cycling: Promoting Safety, Fun, Fitness, and the Environment
    by League of American Bicyclists, Andy Clarke, editor

    This book is ideal for new cyclists who need help building their skills before they take to the road. Smart Cycling is good introduction to cycling for anyone interested for fun, fitness, or transportation.

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