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May is National Bike Month, and the week of 13-17 May is Bike to Work Week. If you have been toying with the idea of bike commuting, why not give it a try this week? On Friday the 17th, riders will be meeting at the State House steps at 8:00AM for a ride down Main St. to Mast General Store to show their support for bike commuting in Columbia. There will also be several other bike-related events, sponsored by the Columbia Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee, taking place throughout the month. Visit the website of the Palmetto Cycling Coalition to learn more about these events. In the meantime, check out some of the Richland Library's books on bicycling to learn more about biking safely, maintaining your bike, and much more.


Amazon Says: The Bicycling Guide to Complete Bicycle Maintenance & Repair: For Road & Mountain Bikes more...
Amazon Says: The Bicycling Guide to Complete Bicycle Maintenance & Repair: For Road & Mountain Bikes less...
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Effective Cycling by John Forester
Amazon Says: Effective Cycling is an essential handbook for cyclists from beginner to expert, whether daily commuters or weekend pleasure trippers. This th more...
Amazon Says: Effective Cycling is an essential handbook for cyclists from beginner to expert, whether daily commuters or weekend pleasure trippers. This thoroughly updated seventh edition offers cyclists the information they need for riding a bicycle under all conditions: on congested city streets or winding mountain roads, day or night, rain or shine. It describes the sheer physical joy of cycling and provides the nuts-and-bolts details of how to choose a bicycle, maintain it, and use it in the most efficient manner. Effective Cycling covers the bicycle itself, repairs and maintenance, basic and advanced cycling skills, and how traffic is organized. It describes cycling with friends, bicycle tours, increasing physical endurance, racing, and even finding a cyclist as marriage partner. Throughout, author John Forester emphasizes that cyclists should consider themselves drivers of vehicles in traffic. That means obeying the rules of the road, because when all drivers obey the same rules, they don't have collisions. Forester explains why cyclists should not be afraid to cycle in traffic, and he urges them to resist being shunted off into government-sponsored bike paths as if they were incompetent children. Cyclists fare best, he says, when they act and are treated as drivers of vehicles. Effective Cycling will help owners of bicycles dusty from disuse become active cyclists and veteran cyclists improve their techniques and achieve their cycling goals. Each section moves from basic to advanced topics; readers are encouraged get on a bicycle and practice each activity after reading about it. less...
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Amazon Says: 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 wor more...
Amazon Says: 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.It's All About the Bike follows Penn's journey, but this book is more than the story of his hunt for two-wheel perfection. En route, Penn brilliantly explores the culture, science, and history of the bicycle. From artisanal frame shops in the United Kingdom to California, where he finds the perfect wheels, via Portland, Milan, and points in between, his trek follows the serpentine path of our love affair with cycling. It explains why we ride.It's All About the Bike is, like Penn's dream bike, a tale greater than the sum of its parts. An enthusiastic and charming tour guide, Penn uses each component of the bike as a starting point for illuminating excursions into the rich history of cycling. Just like a long ride on a lovely day, It's All About the Bike is pure joy- enriching, exhilarating, and unforgettable.Robert Penn has worked as a lawyer, waiter, contractor, DJ, photographer, and journalist-and biked to every single job. He writes for the Financial Times, the Observer, and Condé Nast Traveler, as well as a host of cycling publications. Penn lives in Wales with his wife and three children.Praise from the UK for It's All About the Bike:"[A] gem of a book." -Economist less...
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Amazon Says: Joyride: Pedaling Toward a Healthier Planet tells the dramatic and enlightening behind-the-scenes story of how a group of determined visionaries transformed Portland into a cy more...
Amazon Says: Joyride: Pedaling Toward a Healthier Planet tells the dramatic and enlightening behind-the-scenes story of how a group of determined visionaries transformed Portland into a cycling mecca and inspired the nation. With just a table scrap of funding, Mia Birk led a revolution that grew Portland, Oregon into a city where bicycling is a significant part of their transportation system. She then hit the road, helping make communities across the nation more healthy, safe and livable. Joyride: Pedaling Toward a Healthier Planet is an inspiring story that puts the power for community change and personal transformation into anyone s hands. less...
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Amazon Says: In the same way that Michael Pollan’s slim bestseller Food Rules brought a gust of common sense to the everyday activity of eating, Just Ride is a revelation. Forget the ult more...
Amazon Says: In the same way that Michael Pollan’s slim bestseller Food Rules brought a gust of common sense to the everyday activity of eating, Just Ride is a revelation. Forget the ultralight, uncomfortable bikes, flashy jerseys, clunky shoes that clip onto tiny pedals, the grinding out of endless miles. Instead, ride like you did when you were a kid—just get on your bike and discover the pure joy of riding it. A reformed racer who’s commuted by bike every day since 1980, whose writings and opinions appear in major bicycling and outdoor magazines, and whose company, Rivendell Bicycle Works, makes bikes for riders ready to opt out of a culture overrun by racing, Grant Petersen shares a lifetime of unexpected facts, controversial opinions, expert techniques, and his own maverick philosophy. In 87 short, two-to-three page chapters, it covers: • Riding: Count Days, Not Miles; Corner Like Jackie Robinson; Steer with Your Hips, Shift with Your Legs • Suiting Up: The Shoes Ruse; Ponchos—the Ultimate Unracer’s Garment • Safety: #1 Rule—Be Seen; Helmets Aren’t All They’re Cracked Up to Be • Health and Fitness: Why Riding Is Lousy All-Around Exercise; Saddles Don’t Cause Impotence; Drink When You’re Thirsty—Not Before Also includes chapters on Accessories, Upkeep, and Technicalities as well as a final chapter titled “Velosophy” that includes the essential, memorable thought: Your Bike Is a Toy—Have Fun with It. less...
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Amazon Says: Knack Cycling for Everyone includes numerous how-to descriptions, is replete with informative photos and tips, on all styles of riding—road biking, mountain biking, commuter more...
Amazon Says: Knack Cycling for Everyone includes numerous how-to descriptions, is replete with informative photos and tips, on all styles of riding—road biking, mountain biking, commuter cycling, and touring. There are chapters on training, long-distance riding, riding with children, riding with groups, and rules of the road. less...
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Amazon Says: In an era of steep gas prices, snarled traffic, catastrophic climate change, and a yearning for a higher quality of life, interest in bike-friendly public policies is surging more...
Amazon Says: In an era of steep gas prices, snarled traffic, catastrophic climate change, and a yearning for a higher quality of life, interest in bike-friendly public policies is surging nationwide. A surprising array of political organizations, visionary politicians, and colorful individuals powers this movement and a growing number of bike enthusiasts are taking to the streets. From the night rides of Critical Mass to the dumpster-diving Rat Patrol, this book shows the eccentric side of the bicycling universe even as it illustrates the mainstream efforts of politicians like U.S. Representative Jim Oberstar and plain folks like Biker Mama Jane Healy. Dedicated to the idea that biking is an ongoing act of nondestructive living, Pedal Power shows why the dominance of the automobile is yesterday s idea and edges us closer to a more democratic, multimodal transportation system so essential in the age of global warming. The bike, regarded as irrelevant to the 20th century, is making a comeback in the 21st. Pedal Power takes us there and suggests that the most compelling thing about riding is that it changes the way people experience the world and, therefore, the way they think. less...
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Amazon Says: In a world of growing traffic congestion, expensive oil, and threats of cataclysmic climate change, a grassroots movement is carving out a niche for bicycles on the streets of more...
Amazon Says: In a world of growing traffic congestion, expensive oil, and threats of cataclysmic climate change, a grassroots movement is carving out a niche for bicycles on the streets of urban cityscapes. In Pedaling Revolution, Jeff Mapes explores the growing urban bike culture that is changing the look and feel of cities across the U.S. He rides with bike advocates who are taming the streets of New York City, joins the street circus that is Critical Mass in San Francisco, and gets inspired by the everyday folk pedaling in Amsterdam, the nirvana of American bike activists. Mapes, a seasoned political journalist and long-time bike commuter, explores the growth of bicycle advocacy while covering such issues as the environmental, safety, and health aspects of bicycling for short urban trips. His rich cast of characters includes Noah Budnick, a young bicycle advocate in New York who almost died in a crash near the Brooklyn Bridge, and Congressman James Oberstar (D-MN), who took to bicycling in his fifties and helped unleash a new flood of federal money for bikeways. Chapters set in Chicago and Portland show how bicycling has became a political act, with seemingly dozens of subcultures, and how cyclists, with the encouragement of local officials, are seizing streets back from motorists. Pedaling Revolution is essential reading for the approximately one million people who regularly ride their bike to work or on errands, for anyone engaged in transportation, urban planning, sustainability, and public health—and for drivers trying to understand why they’re seeing so many cyclists. All will be interested in how urban bike activists are creating the future of how we travel and live in twenty-first-century cities. less...
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Ride Fit by David Fiedler
Amazon Says: Cycling is an enjoyable way to get fit and stay that way, and this book offers sound advice on getting started. Graded exercise programs take readers from the "occasional ride more...
Amazon Says: Cycling is an enjoyable way to get fit and stay that way, and this book offers sound advice on getting started. Graded exercise programs take readers from the "occasional rider" level all the way up to competition levels in speed and endurance cycling. The author presents training schedules designed to help riders maintain general fitness, lose excess weight, and improve their general well being. He also gives expert advice on finding the right equipment, based on each rider's individual profile, and he provides guidelines for avoiding injury and building physical fitness safely and effectively. The book features instructive, easy-to-follow charts plus more than 250 color photos and illustrations. less...
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Amazon Says: Filled with practical tips that any adult bike owner can use instantly, this resource includes advice on everything from how to ease a sore butt and avoid helmet hair to cho more...
Amazon Says: Filled with practical tips that any adult bike owner can use instantly, this resource includes advice on everything from how to ease a sore butt and avoid helmet hair to choosing accessories and mounting a bike while wearing a miniskirt. This updated edition contains new and revised information about bike types, the best locks, bicycle lubricants, and new-fangled bags and carriers. An updated supplier directory and list of bicycling resources, such as websites and advocacy groups, are also included. Illustrated with step-by-step instructions on every page, this reference is an ideal companion for casual and urban riders. less...
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