April 29, 2014
In honor of the recent completion of the Peter Bower library here at our headquarters in Missoula, and also in an effort to share my own love of books, librarianship and bike travel, here are a few of my new favorite bicycle touring books that I have found in our library. There are many good ones, but these are a few unique books that have caught my eye so far!
These books are good inspiration for touring destinations:
50 Places to Bike Before You Die by Chris Santella
Bicycle Diaries by David Byrne
I Never Intended to Be Brave by Heather Anderson
For just general interest in bicycle touring, these books are good starting places:
One More Kilometre and We’re In the Showers by Tim Hilton
The Quotable Cyclist, edited by Bill Strickland
Just Ride by Grant Petersen
And last but not least, my very favorites in the unique and wonderful category:
The Moonlight Chronicles by D. Price
Throw it in the River by Angel Rodriguez
There are many more excellent books and book lists out there if you would like to review some books on your own - 62 Books About Bicycle Touring, 10 Best Books on Bicycles and 50 Good Bicycle Books just to share a few. After all, it is an important part of your spring tour planning to combine bike touring research with a bit of dreaming too! And with such a wealth of fine reading available, you must come and check out our new library on your next visit here in Missoula and see what appeals to you.
Post by Darrah Rogers | Top photo by Greg Siple
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There are so many great titles in the library, including some favorites from Dervla Murphy and even one from Ian Hibell. No mention of Tom Cuthbertson's "Bike Tripping"? Mostly, I find that one to be a hilarious time capsule. Every trip though Missoula should take a rest day to read books at ACA, or at least to browse the shelves.
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Two wheels north. True story about two teen boys who cycled from Santa Rosa to Seattle in 1909