Bicycles! Okay, so I haven’t ridden one since I was around 13-years-old, but I’m planning on getting another one very soon. One with a basket on the back, so I can bring back loads of library books and whatnot! Meanwhile, I was inspired to make a list of books that star bicycles in a central position.
Most of these are non-fiction, if only because I couldn’t think of enough fiction books. I tried to keep to more narrative-type books, though! Because I like making things hard on myself.
- The Boneshaker by Kate Milford, the only book on this list NOT about using a bike to travel somewhere far away. The bike in this story has a mind of its own, and it stars in a thoroughly spooky story. The prequel came out fairly recently, too!
- Miles from Nowhere: A Round the World Bicycle Adventure by Barara Savage. This was the first book I remember reading about someone traveling extensively using just their bike. Nowadays there’s several more people doing what Barbara Savage and her husband did, but this book is still my favorite.
- Across Asia on a Bicycle by Thomas Gaskell Allen & William Lewis Sachtleben . I read this years ago just because of the title; it’s got the sort of racism/sexism you’d expect in a Victorian travel book, but if you can get over that it’s an interesting read.
- Moods of Future Joys by Alastair Humphreys is self-published and slightly silly, but it’s still a good read. The author actually wrote several books about his experience biking around the world, and you can get them for free still at his website. Check them out!
- In the City of Bikes by Pete Jordan. The book that inspired this list! It’s a history/tightly focused travel memoir about Amsterdam and its history with bikes, starting in the late 1800s and moving up ’til the present day. It’s a fascinating read– and I’ll be reviewing it later this week!
And here’s one non-narrative non-fiction book about bicycle travels: Bike Touring Basics by the Travelling Two. They’re bloggers who turned their experience travelling by bicycle into an informative how-to book, so if you want to know more about how to travel by bike, what to pack, recommended gear, and so on, then this would be a great book to read.
Do you have any favorite books about bikes?