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 Bikes in Space or the Journal of Bicycle Feminism, or send you a book manuscript
Awesome. Thank you. For the anthologies, read the call for submissions for the upcoming project and send something my way; either a pitch or a fully written piece. In general, I’m looking for nonfiction writing under 1,200 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 short email 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 2015 it will be a loop around the middle of the country, from Texas to Minnesota. 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, except for the already-discounted bundles in the Deals category. To place a wholesale order, create a wholesale account and then order as before. A two-per-item and $40 order minimum applies.

Will you donate books as a prize for my bike race / fundraising event?
Probably. If your event or 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. Drop me an email and let me know. I always appreciate it!

How can I support your work?
Thanks for asking! I can only do this work because people like you read, share, and enjoy what I produce. You can pick up some books and zines in my shop, fund my new projects on Kickstarter, and tell the world about what you like. If you want to help me keep doing what I do but prefer not to buy things, you can support me with a small weekly tip on Gratipay. Thank you.

How do I contact you?
You can email me at elly at takingthelane dot com or use my contact form.

Do you have eBooks?
EBook publishing isn’t our focus (you can read more about why not here). But we are starting to make some titles available electronically as they go out of print, or when it makes sense for other reasons. The titles currently available can be purchased in .epub and .mobi formats here.

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, PDX by Bike, about bicycling in Portland (I also sell some other great maps and guide books to Portland). As for where to rent a bike, here’s a list of places. 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 NE 25th and Alberta 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 software are you using?
My website runs on WordPress, using WooThemes. My shop runs on WooCommerce. All good fashion and function you find here is the work of my web developer, Caroline Paquette.

Thanks for reading! Feel free to ask any other burning questions that are on your mind.