Saturday, June 4, 2011

Books to Read for Bike Month

It's the weekend again and I feel like settling down with a good book and considering that it's the first weekend of Bicycle Month I thought I might pick something appropriate. I'm going to start with #1 but here are my other recommendations for books with at least one bicycle in an important role:

#1 - The Third Policeman by Flann O'brien
       (very funny Irish writer, book written in 1940
        but not published until after his death in 1967
        also available as an audio book on cd)

#2 - Molloy by Samuel Beckett
       ('s Beckett... if you haven't read anything by Beckett yet,
        I don't know how to explain it...)

#3 -  Bicycle: The History by David V. Herlihy
       (history with humour)

#4 - The Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles: Craftsmanship, Elegance, and Function
        by Jan Heine
       (published by Rizzoli...for beautiful pictures)

#5 - Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom
       (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way) by Sue Macy
       (a bit of fun and politics with your bicycle)

#6 - Bicycle Diaries by David Byrne
       (yes of the Talking Heads)

#7 - Bicycle Travel Journal by Nigel Peake
      (travel log journal for cyclists to record their travels,
       incl. some drawings, blank pages, envelopes to store things,
       author trained as an architect, drawings have appeared in
       magazines such as Dwell, Blueprint & Building Magazine
       coming out in Sept.)

#8 - Bicycling Science by David Gordon Wilson
       (just what it sounds like, everything you need to know)

For pictures, descriptions and reviews of these great books please visit my shop (which at the moment only has these books! As a matter of fact the shop was created especially for these books, though it may grow over time to have other things. You never know.)

O.k. it's nice to have some R & R, but what about the renovation you say?

Now that the federal election is over and we've gotten through some condo business that needed to be taken care of (we also own a condo) I'm getting back to our own reno project (nearly) full-time now so expect some more news next week.

As a further aside, buying a condo is like buying into a business and moving into a town-inside-the-city with it's own town council (called THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS, oh yeah and I'm on that) large or small depending on the number of units, and don't let any real estate agent or developer tell you any different! No responsibility living....Pfff. That's a whole post on it's own....

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