Giant Robots on Bikes (with illustrations)

Giant Robots on Bikes (with illustration...

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I got home from tour to find a big box of the new promotional postcard for Elly Blue Publishing (joining its popular colleague the Bike Tour Packing List postcard): The mama robot cargo bike image was drawn by Ellie Poley. She sent it in response to my call for “sloppy drawings of robots on bicycles.” […]

Vehicular Cyclists weigh in on women

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@deisum @ellyblue https://t.co/LGFbmSakxZ pic.twitter.com/hoEuEOdLoN — Sam Ollinger (@ollingers) July 10, 2014 After clicking through to the original forum thread to confirm that John Forester’s comments about gender screencapped here were made in earnest, I have nothing to add. Thanks to the strong-stomached Sam Ollinger, director of San Diego advocacy group BikeSD, for going boldy into […]

My cost of bicycling (what's yours?)

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A while back I wrote a fact-check of the $308 figure that gets bandied about as the annual cost of bicycling in the US. As I discovered, the number is entirely false; it’s based on an old data entry error that quietly persisted until it became taken for granted as a fact. I found (as […]

Dinner and Bikes 2014 - The tour begins

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It’s that time of year again. We’re on a train, headed all the way east to begin our fourth annual Dinner and Bikes tour. In New York, we’re meeting up with Joshua Ploeg, who makes extravagantly delicious food (that happens to be vegan and gluten free) and Aaron Cynic, friendly roadie and documentarian. This year […]

The Business of Publishing: Working with...

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This is the third post in a series of articles for aspiring publishers, written by Joe Biel, the founder and owner of Microcosm Publishing and author of A People’s Guide to Publishing. Once you’ve decided how you want to release your work, your next publishing decisions are going to be technical. If you use a […]

Kickstarter and the Praxis of Everyday L...

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Back in 2010, I published my very first zine, which was funded with my very first Kickstarter project, and coincided with the process of booking my very first tour. I couldn’t have done any of these things without a lot of help from a lot of people. One of these people, pictured here, is Sarah […]

The Business of Publishing: The Distribu...

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This is the second post in a series on the business side of publishing by Joe Biel, the founder and owner of Microcosm Publishing and author of A People’s Guide to Publishing. In the previous post in this series, I discussed the economies of various publishing formats—eBooks, print-on-demand, and traditional format offset printing—and the reasons […]

Traveling again—Coastal book events

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Tour booking logistics are well underway; we’re headed out to take our Dinner and Bikes roadshow out east at the end of May. We’ll be driving a Waste Vegetable Oil burning van, serving up delicious vegan, gluten-free food, showing movies, selling books, and talking about Bikenomics of course. If we’re coming through your town, please […]

Elly Blue Publishing goes digital!

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Here at EBP HQ, we are big believers in the printed word (check out our post from earlier this week about the economics of publishing for one of the biggest reasons why). At the same time, we’re hardly luddites or purists or anything like that—this business is built on tech, through and through. It may […]

The Business of Publishing: The economic...

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This post was written by Joe Biel, founder and owner of Portland-based independent press Microcosm Publishing (and not incidentally, the publisher of my books Bikenomics and Everyday Bicycling). A couple of years ago, I posted a short guide to how I fund and sell zines; quite a few people since have said that they used […]

Biking like a woman

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A couple months ago, a man explained to me that he believes in the fashionable biking movement because it allows women to still feel feminine while they ride a bike, thus demolishing one barrier to getting around on two wheels. I’ve heard this from women as well in the past and thought “well, to each […]

What does sci fi tell us about feminism?

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Update: The Kickstarter for the third Bikes in Space book, Pedal Zombies is live through August 4, 2015. (And yes, you can request a feminist analysis on this one, too.) When I ran the Kickstarter project for the original Bikes in Space zine, it included some funny rewards. One of them allowed the backer to […]

Aftermass is coming! To Portland and the...

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Five years and a few weeks ago, some guys came by my office to see if they could interview me for a documentary the next day. I said sure. Then I didn’t show up. Fortunately, they were persistent and came by again the next day, and I sat in front of their camera for an […]

Why teens often have trouble driving saf...

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During the frenzied final days of writing Bikenomics, I decided I needed to add in some extra facts about teenagers in the chapter on safety. I performed—mea culpa!—a hasty google search and incorporated what I found in (this is the really embarrassing part) an article in Auto Observer into the text. It turned out to […]