What’s new in the BikePortland Bookstore

Remember the BikePortland Bookstore? It’s still out there, and we’ve recently added a handful of new books, mainly thanks to your suggestions. We’ve got a hot new popular book about kids and safety, some titles on framebuilding, a recommended new kids’ book, a travel tale and a classic movie. Any other ideas for titles we should let the world know about? Please send them to elly(at)bikeportland(dot)org.

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New release


Free-Range Kids: Giving Our Children the Freedom We Had Without Going Nuts with Worry

by Lenore Skenazy

Kids are a huge factor in American’s transportation choices. Cars, often deemed a necessity for families, are in fact the number one cause of child mortality, and busy streets and unfriendly landscapes prevent kids from roaming free, getting exercise, and making friends. This popular recent book explodes myths about safety that too often go unquestioned.

Fabulous Fairy Feast    

by Sue Heap

Lucy Little-Fairy and her frog, Burp go to the Queen’s feast on Lucy’s flying bicycle.



The Masked Rider: Cycling in West Africa   

by Neil Peart

Accompanied by literary and artistic sidekicks such as Aristotle, Dante, and van Gogh, the author of “Ghost Rider” and “News, Weather, and Sports” conducts a voyage of body and mind on a bicycle adventure through West Africa.



The Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles: Craftsmanship, Elegance, and Function    

by Jan Heine

A celebration of the design history and craftsmanship behind this simple but efficient two-wheeled vehicle. Featuring fifty classic models built by hand, this book unveils the bicycle’s technical evolution within a historical context. The author also publishes Vintage Bicycle Quarterly.


Paterek Manual for Bicycle Framebuilders    

by Tim Paterek

This book documents one builder’s lifelong approach to custom bicycle design and building, and reflects his devotion to teaching about framebuilding. The Paterek Manual will have a well earned place in the history of custom bicycle building in America.

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Bicycle Thief     

The beautiful and sad neorealist film by Italian master, Vittorio de Sica.

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