Well, I didn’t get to read last night. My school assignment this week is to create an entity relationship diagram (ERD) and that took longer to complete than I expected. I posted it to the class board for comment and hopefully I won’t have to do too much revising.

At my volunteer shift at the library recently, there was a free magazine called Momentum: The Magazine for Self-Propelled People. It’s a spiffy little magazine about urban biking and it got me all fired up for weather warm enough for me to ride my bike to work again. As soon as the morning temperatures are 35F above zero on a consistent basis, then my feet will be on the pedals. Though I have seen a noticeable number of people riding their bikes this winter even when it was 15F below zero outside. It makes me think I shouldn’t be such a weather wimp and I should get the gloves and goggles and all the other gear for next winter.

Enough rambling. What I’m trying to get at is that I was inspired by the magazine’s book section to do a bit of hunting for interesting bicylcle-related books. There are quite a lot. I tried to find a variety, but most seem to be memoirs. No matter. Here are some of the more interesting finds in the form of a Thursday Thirteen.

  1. Stationary Bike by Stephen King. Only available on audio. It’s a long short story about Richard Sifkitz who, on doctor’s orders has to start an exercise program. He buys a stationary bike and things get weird. It is Stephen King after all. Horror wimps, don’t worry though, I’ve “read” this one and it won’t give you nightmares.
  2. Memory of Running by Ron McLarty. Don’t let the title fool you. The main character in this novel, overweight and friendless, loses his parents and his long-lost sister within a week. He leaves Rhode Island on his old Raleigh bicycle hoping to escape his life and his grief. My Bookman has read this book and loved it and keeps trying to get me to read it too. I will, I will.
  3. Full Tilt: Ireland to India With a Bicycle by Dervla Murphy. A memoir of her solo trip through rain, snow and heat, mountains and desert. I’ve read several good reviews and mentions about this book.
  4. It’s Not About the Bike by Lance Armstrong. Not a great book, but it was inspiring. I read it two years ago and learned a lot about the sport of bike racing.
  5. A Wheel Within a Wheel by Frances E. Willard. Originally published in 1895, Dorothy read and raved about this one not too long ago.
  6. Nancy Drew and the Bike Tour Mystery by Carolyn Keene. This is not a Nancy Drew classic the likes of Secret of the Old Clock, but it’s still the intrepid Nancy.
  7. Taming the Bicycle by Mark Twain. A hilarious account of Twain learning how to ride a bike as only Twain could tell it. I’ve linked the whole essay you can read online for free, or it is also available in book form in various Mark Twain collections.
  8. Ten Points: A Memoir by Bill Strickland. Haunted and living in fear from his abusive childhood, Strickland, an average cyclist, is challenged by his daughter to score ten points in a series of weekly races. He thought that if he could do the impossible and score ten points he would also be able to conquer his childhood trauma.
  9. Bicycle Love edited by Garth Battista. This is a book of 50 essays on the many varieties of bicycle love from childhood bikes to tandem bikes, to cross-country touring on a bike.
  10. Horizon Bound on a Bicycle by Eyvind Earle. This book is a cycling memoir with art. Earle is a fantastic artist and started his career as an illustrator for Disney. He was one of the lead artists on Snow White.
  11. The Art of Bicycling: A Treasury of Poems edited by Justin Daniel Belmont. Belmont is the former editor of Bicycling Magazine. His selection of poems includes ones written by Rita Dove, C.K. Williams, Stan Rice, and other not quite as contemporary.
  12. Bicycling Science by David Gordon Wilson. Wilson is an MIT mechanical engineering professor emeritus. This book is a book on the history, science, and engineering of bicycles. In it’s third edition, it seems to be a rather popular book.
  13. Around the World on a Bicycle by Thomas Stevens. First published in 1887, Stevens left San Francisco in 1884 with the goal of becoming the first man to bike across the United States. When he got to Boston he decided to keep going and sailed off to London. He rode across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. And he did it all on one of the tall, big wheeled bicycles.