Some of your most frequent questions, answered. If you don’t find what you’re looking for here, feel free to email me: elly at taking the lane dot com
I want to contribute to the zine/send you a book manuscript
Awesome. Thanks. Read the call for submissions for the upcoming issue or book and send something my way; either a pitch or a fully written piece. In general, I’m looking for nonfiction writing under 1,000 words that fits the theme. If you’ve written something more book-like, or are planning to, check out my other publications and send me a proposal about why your project is a good fit.
Will you come to my town on tour?
We’d love to! I go on one tour a year to a different part of the US; in spring of 2014 it’ll be the eastern seaboard: Miami to Maine. Get in touch if you live in that general area and would like to help make an event happen. Get in touch even if you don’t live in that area, because we tend to plan our next tour around where we’ve gotten the most invitations.
How do I place a wholesale order?
I offer standard wholesale rates on everything in the shop. Please a href=”http://takingthelane.com/contact/” title=”Contact” target=”_blank”>contact me to set up an account.
Will you donate books as a prize for my bike race / fundraising event?
If your event / organization actively supports equity in bicycling, then send me an email and I’ll see what I can do.
I ordered something a while ago and it hasn’t arrived yet.
Bummer! If your order doesn’t arrive after ten business days (or a month, if you live outside the U.S.), please contact me and we’ll sort it out right away.
Something on your website or shop is broken, misspelled, or weirdly formatted.
Oops. Thanks for letting me know — I always appreciate it.
How do I contact you?
The best way is to email me: elly at takingthelane dot com or use my contact form.
Where can I get Taking the Lane volumes 1, 2, and 5?
Sadly, the first two (and now the fifth) issues of Taking the Lane’s quarterly zine are long out of print. Volume 1 (Sharing the Road With Boys) is currently available as an e-book. Also, a version of the text was reprinted in issue 53 of Bitch magazine; you can buy back issues directly from them. A very different, greatly expanded version of Vol 5 (Our Bodies, Our Bikes) will come out in 2014.
I’m coming to Portland to ride my bike, what should I do here?
This is by far the most frequent question I’m asked! My friend Meghan and I have begun a response by putting out a tip zine about bicycling in Portland. You can purchase a copy (along with maps and guidebooks) over at PDX by Bike. As for where to rent a bike, here’s a list of places. Want to go on a tour outside of Portland? Cycling Sojourner is the book for you. Like beer? Hop in the Saddle is a great new Portland bike/beer guide book. Looking for recommendations of places to hang out while you’re biking around town? The Zinester’s Guide to Portland is the best general guide book, especially if you’re on a budget. Personally, if I didn’t live here I’d probably spend my entire visit at Powell’s, but if you’re in a more drinking/eating/socializing mood, try heading towards SE 12th & Division or SE 34th & Belmont and seeing what you find. There are tons of other and probably cooler places to go, but that’s all you’re getting out of me for now.
What website/ecommerce stuff are you using?
My website runs on WordPress, using WooThemes. My pocket-sized book emporium runs on WooCommerce. Both have been artfully tweaked by my super talented web developer, Caroline Paquette.
Thanks for reading! Feel free to ask any other burning questions that are on your mind.