Resources

Welcome to the online appendix to my new book Everyday Bicycling, a guide to getting started riding a bicycle for transportation. This is an evolving list of resources that I particularly recommend for readers of the book who want to expand on some of the topics in it or connect with one of the many bicycling subcultures out there.

Also, if you have questions to ask (or tips to share) about everyday biking topics, I’ve started an interactive advice blog for that purpose.

Good reading if you’re just getting started

Tips for biking in all conditions

Family bicycling

US cargo bike shops

Thinking about incorporating some test riding into your next family vacation? Here are some recommended shops to visit, broken down by city.

  • Portland Portland is blessed with three shops focused on city, cargo, and family bikes. Clever Cycles is the original. The shop has a family focus and promotes a lifestyle characterized by sitting upright and riding at conversational speed, and carries cargo bikes, city bikes, family bikes, folding bikes, gear, and attire with this in mind. Splendid Cycles caters to families and businesses alike, offering a small but robust selection of cargo bikes, longtails, and cycle trucks, including both imports and locally made models. Joe Bike has a more eclectic selection that changes frequently.
  • New York Rolling Orange imports a wide variety of bikes from the Netherlands. Adeline Adeline is a “bicycle boutique” with a small selection of city bikes and accessories for the fashionable cyclist. Hudson Urban Bicycles has an interesting selection of cargo and kid carriers.
  • San Francisco My Dutch Bike has a good variety.
  • Blue Heron in Berkeley has a mix of cargo and commuter bikes and are expert at converting old mountain bikes into practical everyday bikes; great for new riders. The Bicycle Works in hilly San Anselmo (Marin) is a nonprofit shop with good cargo bike and electric assist options.

  • Los Angeles Flying Pigeon LA imports a wide range of city and cargo bikes from all over the world.
  • Seattle Dutch Bike Co. has several options.

If you’re on a budget or if you’re so inclined, why not build your own cargo bike? Tom LaBonty shows you how to make a sturdy front-loader using materials and tools found in your garage. Or buy an Xtracycle conversion kit to convert your everyday bike into a hauling machine.

Note: There are more shops throughout the U.S. that carry just one line of cargo bikes. To find those, check out the bike companies’ dealer listings. A few places to start: Yuba, Madsen, Xtracycle, WorkCycles, Boxcycles, Bullitt, Buddy Bike, KidzTandem, Gazelle/Yepp

Bike culture links

More books

Below are some of my favorite books about everyday bicycle transportation. Each of them is a good supplement to Everyday Bicycling (which you can buy directly from me here or pre-order from Amazon or Powell’s (it comes out Dec 1, 2012).

I’ve provided several options for each—major retailers are affiliate links. (For a longer and more general list of recommended bike related books, go here.)

  • How to Live Well Without Owning a Car by Chris Balish (Powell’s) (Amazon). A great basic guide to living by bus and bicycle, and on foot.
  • The Art of Cycling by Robert Hurst (Powell’s) (Amazon). If Everyday Bicycling is the beginner’s guide, this book is the intermediate level—your next step.
  • Women on Wheels by April Streeter (via Taking the Lane) (direct from author) (Powell’s). A Portlander’s how-to transportation bicycling guide written specifically for women. Gorgeously designed, and includes some interesting history and culture notes.
  • On Bicycles edited by Amy Walker (Powell’s) (Amazon). A fun compendium of writing about bicycle culture, bikes, and things to do by bike, with essays ranging from the whimsical to technical (I contributed two chapters, one about safety in numbers and one about the history of women in cycling).
  • The Chainbreaker Bike Book by Shelly Lynn Jackson and Ethan Clark (via Taking the Lane). The first half of this book is one of the very best, most accessible, and most encouraging beginners’ guides to bicycle repair I’ve encountered. The second half reprints a series of zines full of compelling stories by members of a community bike shop in New Orleans before Katrina.

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