Monday, September 12, 2016

An Inspired Guide to the Two Wheeled Life

I have read other cycling books before. I got a little bit out of them. Then I got sad because I had to return the book. To the library. Because that is where I checked it out from. I am totally excited to finally own my first cycling book.

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"Hello, Bicycle: An Inspired Guide to the Two Wheeled Life" written by Anna Brones is definitely a great book. She has humour in it. Such as in her 25 reasons to start cycling. Like "You get to name it and talk about it as if it were a real person." But then she is very practical as well. I mean, a bike pump is cheaper than gas, isn't it?

I even like that you can use this whether you or a guy or a girl. There are a lot of books out there gender-targeted which is cool but this one earns my vote because it is well done and written for a broad audience. 

Loving that she writes as she might speak. You can understand what she is saying without having a lot of cycling knowledge. Think of it as cycling 101.

Even if you know cycling 101 you may get ideas out of it, like recycled earrings out of bike parts, out of the book that you will use on the regular after reading this book. It is a fun way to learn yourself and again, a super easy read. 

My family that now lives in Indonesia has tried to transform my transportation habits to those of the cycling nature. I love cycling. I even loved it when I did 16 miles toting three kids up and down hills. Not sure how much I slept that night... but loved it. 

That was Portland, Oregon though. Where they are cyclists and pedestrian friendly. I live in Washington D.C. There are hit and runs a lot here- as much as I hate to say it. There are both cyclists and motorists that break the law. More the motorists but that is besides the point. 

I am looking for a dummy guide meets practicality. This is it. It has got a little bit of everything! 

This book fits the bill in having my feel more comfortable in cycling in the city! Though the real test will be when I get on the road. I would like to jump out tomorrow with three kids in tow across the city to dog sit but realistically I need to pace myself. And then teach and pace my kids.

Here is a taste of what is in the book:

1. Extra things Your Bike Mechanic Wishes You Would Do

2. General Bicycle Care Anyone can do

3. How to find a good bike shop

4. What a lawyer would tell you to do if you are ever in an accident

5. The history of bicycling

6. Basic bike vocabulary

7. Locks

8. Accessories.

9. How to install a wooden crate

10. When cargo bikes are actually helpful

11. How to bike with kids

12. How to make practical items (craft and diy) out of bike parts

13. How to carry a cake on your bike

... and so much more...

For me, even tips on cycling with my kids is great. A lot of books don't consider some of us have kids. Because being a parent and a cyclist at the same time isn't always common. I guarantee it is becoming more common.

I really think this book is a great asset and even almost pocket sized. I know I can throw in my purse for a reference for when I go into the bike shop if I wanted to figure out what I wanted. Or for that piece of advise, like a second friend, when I am told how the newest lastest thing is the way to go. I can see in the book, the practical advise of what really works and doesn't. A great example is buying a new bike versus a new one and what to look for.

If you want a good starter book, this is a good one... and the pictures are pretty!

*This book was received in exchange for honest review* 

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