By Elly Blue
Cantankerous Titles, 2012
$9.95 US/ $10.95 CAD
Reviewed by Lauren Sagadore
Thinking of starting to commute by bike? Elly Blue’s Everyday Bicycling is the handbook to get you started. Part instruction manual and part memoir, Everyday Bicycling reveals the ins and outs of taking on the seemingly daunting goal of using a bicycle for transportation. This practical guide to daily cycling covers a wide range of topics including relearning to ride a bike, crotch health and choosing the right bike for your needs. Profiles of families choosing to go car-free or car-light and how to organize a bike moving party show that this book isn’t just for the novice, with topics of interest for people who may ride a lot already but want to do so even more.
At one time a complete novice to riding a bike for transportation herself, Blue’s book is intended to be the friend she never had early on to ask questions, no matter how basic. The tone is friendly and approachable, with the emphasis placed on the fact that commuting should be fun, easy, and not too expensive. Newcomers to the lifestyle will find this book a great tool for overcoming early barriers and initiating conversations about bicycling.