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Stop and smell the roses atop a bicycle

By Staff | Jun 29, 2016

It’s summer, so now is the time to get out there and do something fun and active! With that in mind, Anna Brones has released a new book, “Hello, Bicycle: An Inspired Guide to the Two-Wheeled Life.”

In her introduction, Brones writes that a bicycle is a great way to live a more sustainable life and be healthier. And, as she points out, a bicycle is a way to slow down and stop to appreciate your surroundings. She also points out that bike tune-ups are less expensive than cars or buying gas for them and that cycling is a stress reliever. So you can save money and feel better physically and emotionally after a bike ride.

Brones goes into a bit about the history of the bicycle, and then invites you to figure out what kind of bike you need and your budget. She discusses used bikes versus new, custom-building and how to store your bicycle. She also remarks on bike locks and other important accessories like lights, bells, helmets and baskets versus crates for toting things.

Bicycle safety and laws are also discussed in this book, as well as what to do in the event of an accident. Bike maintenance is also a large subject. And, she also writes about ways to recycle old bike tire tubes, like for a wallet and earrings, and using old spokes for skewers, key chains, plant markers, etc.

Different types of biking are also discussed in detail, like commuting, exercise, mountain biking, biking with kids, travel and touring. There is also a section about provisions needed while biking, including recipes.

This is a great book for those wanting to get into cycling or who want to get inspired to take their cycling to the next level.

“Hello Bicycle” is published by Ten Speed Press. It is $16.