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Books

Here are the books we currently have on the cycling bookshelf at the Fourteen Islands headquarters. We’ve read them all and would gladly share ours impressions if you would like us to do so. Please also suggest titles that you don’t find in the list! We’re always looking for good reads.

The list is growing rapidly and the page is unfortunately getting bloated. We’d really appreciate if you could help us categorize the books (leave a comment below) to improve readability.

Bicycle Diaries

Since the early 1980s, David Byrne has been riding a bicycle as his principal means of transportation in New York City. A few years later he discovered folding bikes, and starting taking them with him on music tour overseas, and experienced a sense of liberation as he pedalled around many of the world’s principal cities. The point of view from his bike seat has given Byrne a panoramic window on urban life over the last thirty years as he has cycled round cities such as London, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Istanbul, Manila, New York, and San Francisco.

Bike Snob – I: Systematically and Mercilessly Realigning the World of Cycling

Cycling is exploding in a good way. Urbanites everywhere, from ironic hipsters to earth-conscious commuters, are taking to the bike like aquatic mammals to water. BikeSnobNYC cycling’s most prolific, well-known, hilarious, and anonymous blogger brings a fresh and humorous perspective to the most important vehicle to hit personal transportation since the horse. Bike Snob treats readers to a laugh-out-loud rant and rave about the world of bikes and their riders, and offers a unique look at the ins and outs of cycling, from its history and hallmarks to its wide range of bizarre practitioners.

Bike Snob – II: The Enlightened Cyclist

In Bike Snob, blogger BikeSnobNYC offered an overview of cycling and the various ‘bike cultures.’ This next book will focus on an experience that cyclists the world over are familiar with: commuting. With his trademark snark, humor and begrudging enthusiasm, BikeSnobNYC will take readers through the trials and triumphs (but mostly trials) of getting there by bike. Along the way, he offers up everything from the history of our commutes to the deadly sins of commuting to tactics for dealing with cars, pedestrians, and your fellow two-wheelers.

Bike Snob – III: A Bike Snob Abroad

Bike Snob is all grown up! After two books and thousands of miles under his tires, Bike Snob is back with a book that takes his family on the road – 2 year old son in tow – on an international cycling adventure into the wild and tweedy bike-share lanes of London, the Bakfiet equipped cycling utopia of Amsterdam and the back roads of Switzerland and Italy. But all roads lead home eventually, and the Snob takes a close look at the state of American cycling after a decade of advocacy, infrastructure development and backlash have frankensteined us into some semblance of a bike-friendly nation. But is it working?

Bike Tribes: A Field Guide to North American Cyclists

A hilarious and essential illustrated field guide that breaks down the tribes of the bicycling community: from the spandex-clad weekend warriors to the hipsters on street bikes who love to laugh at each other (and themselves). Anyone who rides a bike knows the bicycling world is made up of tribes. From tattooed messengers to pretty urban hipsters to grouchy shop owners, they may look like they live on different planets, but they are united by their abiding love of bikes–and often their total disdain of other members of this insular world.

Bikenomics: How Bicycling Can Save the Economy

Making the case for adopting more sustainable modes of transportation, this engaging reference explores the economic benefits of bicycling. It starts with an analysis of the real costs incurred by individuals and families in existing transportation systems and goes on to examine the current civic expenses of these systems. With critiques of modern society’s deep-rooted attachment to car culture, this book tells the stories of people, businesses, organizations, and cities who are investing in two-wheeled transportation.

City Cycling Europe

The eight guides in the City Cycling Europe series are each devoted to a different city: London, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Antwerp/Ghent, Berlin, Paris, Barcelona and Milan. Each compact volume features cycle-friendly neighbourhoods, itineraries, cycle maps and places to visit where cyclists are always welcome. Aimed primarily at those looking to take casual weekend breaks, there is also information for hardcore racing enthusiasts and special routes for those wishing to escape the traffic.

Cycle Chic

The efficiency of getting around by bike has made cycling a popular pursuit of city life. More recently, biking and street style have come together to form an entire spectrum of urban self-expression. From gritty messengers to tweed-sporting bankers, from Pashley princesses to high-tech roadies, cycle chic is everywhere you look. This colorful compendium offers snapshots from around the world of everyday riders who are redefining bike fashion and emphasizing the accessibility and fun of city cycling.

Cycle Space

“Cycle Space” is the first book to view the city through the lens–or rearview mirror–of the bicycle. It features portraits of eight major cities and their respective cycling cultures: New York, Chicago, Portland, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Budapest, Sao Paolo, Singapore and Sydney. Each of these cities has seen a groundswell of cyclists taking to its streets in recent years. From death-defying bike messengers to hipsters with a taste for cycle chic to commuters simply riding to work, cycling is now being viewed as more than just an alternative: it’s practical; it’s cool; it’s green.

Cyclepedia, a tour of iconic bicycle designs

An homage to the beauty of two wheels, “Cyclepedia” is a celebration of the best bicycles designed over the past 90 years. Among this unique selection of exemplary bicycles are classic racing bikes that been in such events as the Tour de France, high-tech machines that use the latest in material science and aerodynamics, eccentric bikes designed for specific purposes such as cycling on ice, and rarities that are coveted by serious collectors. Gift book, reference, inspiration, fun, “Cyclepedia” will inspire lust and envy in bike nuts, commuting cyclists and design aesthetes everywhere.

Domestique

For 11 years I was a professional cyclist, competing in the hardest and greatest races on Earth. I was in demand from the world’s best teams, a well-paid elite athlete. But I never won a race. I was the hired help. When my mum dropped me off in a small French town aged 17, I was full of determination to be a professional cyclist, but I was completely green. I went from mowing the team manager’s lawn to winning every amateur race I entered. Then I turned pro and realised I hated the responsibility and pressure of chasing victory. And that’s when I became a domestique. I learned to take that hurt and give it everything I had to give, all for someone else’s win. When the order came in to ride I pushed out with the hardest rhythm I could, dragging the group faster and faster, until my whole body screamed with pain.

French Revolutions: Cycling the Tour de France

Battling it out with the old men on butchers’ bikes across the plains of Aquitaine and pursued by cattle over Europe’s second highest road, Moore soon finds himself resorting to narcotic assistance, systematic overeating and waxed legs before summoning a support vehicle staffed by cruelly sceptical family and friends. Accounts of his suffering and chicanery, and those encountered in the race’s epic history, are interwoven through a look at rural France busy tarting itself up for those 15 seconds of fame as the Tour careers through at 50kph. An heroic depiction of an inadequate man’s attempt to achieve the unachievable, Moore’s Tour is a tale of calorific excess, ludicrous clothing and intimate discomfort.

Gironimo!: Riding the Very Terrible 1914 Tour of Italy

Twelve years after Tim Moore toiled round the route of the Tour de France, he senses his achievement being undermined by the truth about ‘Horrid Lance’. His rash response is to take on a fearsome challenge from an age of untarnished heroes: the notorious 1914 Giro d’Italia. This book tells his story.

In the City of Bikes

Part personal memoir, part history of cycling, part fascinating street-level tour of Amsterdam, “In the City of Bikes” is the story of a man who loves bikes in a city that loves bikes. When Pete’s story begins, his goals for an upcoming semester abroad are clear: study how to make America’s cities more bicycle friendly, and then return home to his new bride, Amy Joy. Once he sets foot in Amsterdam, however, Pete falls immediately in love with the city that already lives life on two wheels-and suddenly, he can’t imagine ever leaving it.

Infographic Guide to Cycling

A fun illustrated guide to the world of cycling and all things bike-related. This beautifully designed book presents cycling in a way you’ve never seen before. Mixing cycling facts with expert bike tech advice, this book features a unique and intriguing overview of the realm of the velocipede, from cycling greats and kings of the road, the Classics and the Grand Tours, track cycling stars and velodromes, to digital training tools, top international pro teams, bike maintenance info and insights into the darker side of cycling – doping. Witty, informative and astounding, this book is a must-buy for any cycling fan!

It’s All About the Bike: The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels

Robert Penn’s “It’s All About the Bike: The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels” is a paean to the humble bike; it’s the story of why we ride, and why this simple machine holds the power to transport us all. Robert Penn has ridden a bike most days of his life. He rides to get to work, to bathe in air and sunshine, to stay sane and to feel free. This is the story of his love affair with cycling and the journey to build his dream bike; a freewheeling pilgrimage taking him from Californian mountain bike inventors to British artisan frame builders, and from perfect components to the path of true happiness.

Muck, Sweat & Gears

A compendium of fascinating facts, quotations, statistics, stories, personalities, advice and trivia – fully revised to included cycling’s dramatic increase in popularity since this volume was first published – it will inspire and entertain cycling fans and all other readers alike. This revised and updated edition includes stories on: Bono’s cycling accident in Central Park, New York; […]

Need for the Bike

A book like no other, Paul Fournel’s Need for the Bike conducts readers into a very personal world of communication and connection whose centre is the bicycle, and where all people and things pass by way of the bike. In compact and suggestive prose, Fournel conveys the experience of cycling–from the initial charm of early outings to the dramas of the devoted cyclist.

One Gear: Converting and Maintaining Single Speed and Fixed Gear Bicycles

Converting Single Speed and Fixed Gear Bicycles. More and more people are converting old, grimy road bikes to sleek single-gear riders, recycling, re-painting, stripping down old parts and adapting new components. The scene is in constant growth, stretching from San Francisco to Melbourne, Tokyo and Berlin. The customization and the building processgetting covered in grease, in other wordsare essential parts of belonging to this movement. This book makes a much needed and unique contribution to the market by explaining everything in simple, easy to understand language, enabling a beginner bicycle mechanic to rebuild and convert a geared bicycle into a slick, personalized fixie or single-speed.

One Less Car

Although millions of people in the United States love to ride bicycles for exercise or leisure, statistics show that only 1 per cent of the total U.S. population ride bicycles for transportation – and barely half as many use bikes to commute to work. In his original and exciting book, “One Less Car”, Zack Furness examines what it means historically, culturally, socioeconomically, and politically to be a bicycle transportation advocate/activist. Presenting an underground subculture of bike enthusiasts who aggressively resist car culture, Furness maps out the cultural trajectories between mobility, technology, urban space and everyday life.

Pedaling Revolution: How Cyclists Are Changing American Cities

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. His rich cast of characters includes Noah Budnick, a young bicycle advocate in New York who almost died in a crash…

The Bohemian Guide to Urban Cycling

The Bohemian Guide to Urban Cycling takes the reader into the world and workings of cycling in the city to uncover the essentials to how to join in on the cycling revolution. Your bicycling guide on this journey is a card-carrying bohemian living in Portland. By using the bike-crazy city of Portland as the backdrop, this book covers all of the basics needed to bike comfortably in the city and to know what the heck you’re talking about … from bike selection to fashion to bike lanes to gentrification and more. After reading this you’ll know precisely what to ride, how to ride, what to wear, and how to talk like an insider. Well, maybe not, but it’ll still be a fun journey together.

The Flying Scotsman

Graeme Obree’s story begins with a tough upbringing in the Ayrshire valleys, where he found his escape by taking to the roads on his bike. But amidst the record attempts, media feeding frenzy and thrilling head-to-head duels with Chris Boardman, Graeme was fighting another battle. In this book, he recounts his biggest battle against depression.

The Lanterne Rouge

Lanterne rouge: French / noun 1. The red lantern that hangs on the rear of a train 2. The competitor who finishes last in the Tour de France. If you complete a bike race of over 3,000 kilometres, overcoming mountain ranges and merciless weather conditions while enduring physical and psychological agony, in the slowest time, should you be branded the loser? What if your loss helped a teammate win? What if others lacked the determination to finish? What if you were trying to come last? Froome, Wiggins, Merckx – we know the winners of the Tour de France, but Lanterne Rouge tells the forgotten, often inspirational and occasionally absurd stories of the last-placed rider.

The Rules: The Way of the Cycling Disciple

THE WAY OF THE CYCLING DISCIPLE Rule #6: Free your mind and your legs will follow. Rule #9: If you cycle in bad weather, it means you are a badass. Period. Rule #12: The correct number of bikes to own is n+1, where n is the number of bikes currently owned. THE VELOMINATI embrace cycling not as a pastime, but as a way of life, as obsessed with style, heritage, authenticity and wisdom as with performance. THE RULES is their Bible. It is an essential part of every cyclist’s arsenal – whether you’re grudgingly cycling to work in the rain or gearing up to be the next Bradley Wiggins, Chris Hoy or Victoria Pendleton.

Yehuda Moon and the Kickstand Cyclery, Vol. 1: Life on a Bicycle

Read the the on-road and retail adventures of Yehuda Moon! Yehuda owns a bike shop, the Kickstand Cyclery, with his friend Joe, and the two are confronted with the challenges presented by their daily bicycle commute and the customers (or lack thereof) at the bike shop.This is the first album of collected comic strips and contains strips from January 22, 2008 through December 31, 2008. You’ll meet a bevy of characters whom Yehuda and Joe encounter: the bike ninja, the bike hypochondriac, their elderly compatriot Fred, the Shakers who build the bicycle frames, neighborhood kids starting riding clubs, roadies, commuters, and many more. Extra features include comic design notes and early character sketches.

Yehuda Moon and the Kickstand Cyclery, Vol. 2: Saddle Stories

Read the on-road and retail adventures of Yehuda Moon! Yehuda owns a bike shop, the Kickstand Cyclery, with his friend Joe, and the two are confronted with the challenges presented by their daily bicycle commute and the customers at the bike shop. This is the second album of collected comic strips and contains strips from January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2009. Meet Sister Sprocket, Kevlar Bead (the owner of Rival Cycles), Sweetroll, and read the ‘Arborium’ and ‘Sidewalk’ stories. Extra features, too.

Yehuda Moon and the Kickstand Cyclery, Vol. 3: Spin on by

Read the on-road and retail adventures of Yehuda Moon! Yehuda owns a bike shop, the Kickstand Cyclery, with his friend Joe, and the two are confronted with the challenges presented by their daily bicycle commute and the customers at the bike shop. This is the third album of collected comic strips and contains strips from January 1, 2010 through December 31, 2010. After being driven off the road, Yehuda mends a broken wing, gets a new bicycle, leads a Vehicular Cycling class, plays bike polo, and hosts the open house to end all open houses. Extra features, too.

Yehuda Moon and the Kickstand Cyclery, Vol. 4: Keep ‘Em Rollin’

Read the on-road and retail adventures of Yehuda Moon! Yehuda owns a bike shop, the Kickstand Cyclery, with his friend Joe, and the two are confronted with the challenges presented by their daily bicycle commute and the customers at the bike shop. In this volume Joe works for Rival Cycles, Thistle commutes to a cubicle job, Yehuda is up to his usual advocacy hijinx, and the Kickstand Cyclery is once more in danger. Find out what Yehuda looks like under his cap, some of Sister Sprocket’s history, how the Shakers came to build bicycles for Fred and much, much more. Extra features and the full-page, exclusive comics that originally appeared in Bicycle Times magazine.

You’ve Gone Too Far This Time, Sir!

When Danny Bent cycled 15,000 kilometres from the UK to India to raise money for ActionAid, it was a decision that took twenty years and one minute. For twenty years he had wanted to do something to raise money for charity. The one minute was when as their teacher he was put on the spot by his pupils and declared that the means was by bike, and he was going to India. What he had signed up for was slogging along roads with trucks bearing down on him, unable to see and choking in the smog; shooting down treacherous descents with 100 foot drops, shaking with cold and too numb to brake; muscle burn and saddle sores; delirium and food poisoning; thirst and malnutrition; foul and insanitary conditions; life-threatening crises; obstructive border guards, crazed dogs and inquisitive passers-by. ‘You’ve Gone Too Far This Time, Sir!’ is a real and compelling blow-by-blow account of Danny’s trip across Europe, the former Soviet Republics, Russia, China, Pakistan and India.

If you can read French we also maintain a list of books in French and a list of books in Swedish for… well… the few who can Swedish. Enjoy!

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