Support BikePortland - Journalism that Matters

Read and ride: Summer picks at the BikePortland Bookstore

Posted by on July 9th, 2009 at 12:55 pm

Need something to occupy, amaze, and inspire you as you lie on the beach, in your backyard, or on your couch in the coolest room in your house at the end of a long day this summer? Check out the BikePortland Bookstore for ideas, or browse through our most recent additions below.

Through our partnership with Portland’s own Powell’s Books, will receive a portion of all sales on made through the links on this page (including any books and DVDs, not just the ones we link to).

— When you buy books from our bookstore page, you help sustain and improve —

Via the links below, you can order books to be shipped to you — or better yet, pick them up by bike! Just choose the “In-Store Pickup” option at checkout to have the books held for you at any Powell’s location.

You can now also use our partnership program to help benefit BikePortland when you sell your used books to Powell’s — just use this link.

New additions

Destroy All Cars

by Blake Nelson

Let out a sigh for the idealism of youth. The latest young adult novel from acclaimed Portlander Blake Nelson relates the struggles of a 17 year old Beaverton boy who is disillusioned with cars, consumer society, and his ex-girlfriend.

Heft on Wheels

by Mike Magnuson

We’ve all heard someone talking about how getting on a bike helped them get fit, lose the extra baggage, feel good, and have more fun. Magnuson tells the story of how taking up biking (he participated in road rides) was the catalyst for changing his life for the better.

The Boneshaker Almanac

Edited by Evan P. Schneider

The second issue of this periodical style “field guide” for bicycling is an eclectic, pocket-sized collection of interviews, essays, charts, instructions, poems, and more, all focused on everyday riding.

Story continues below


The Human-Powered Home: Choosing Muscles Over Motors

by Tamara Dean

You’ve heard of the pedal-powered washing machine; Tamara Dean tells how she and her husband take it to the next level, powering as many appliances and processes as possible without the use of electricity. Includes photos and instructions so you can head straight for the garage to put your old bike parts and ingenuity to good use

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.

Got the Tour in your blood? Check out Powell’s special shelf for books on bicycle racing. Or if you’re yearning to take off and explore the region or the world by bike, they also have a whole section on touring.

Any other ideas for titles we should let the world know about? Please send them to elly(at)bikeportland(dot)org.

Click on the icon below to search the Powell’s Books website. Any purchases you make on a visit that starts on this page will help support BikePortland operations.

NOTE: Thanks for sharing and reading our comments. To ensure this is a welcoming and productive space, all comments are manually approved by staff. BikePortland is an inclusive company with no tolerance for meanness, discrimination or harassment. Comments with expressions of racism, sexism, homophobia, or xenophobia will be deleted and authors will be banned.

Leave a Reply

2 Comment threads
0 Thread replies
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
2 Comment authors
Matt Mhanmade Recent comment authors
newest oldest most voted
Notify of

I happened to find Heft on Wheels used at a thrift store over a year ago and gave it a look. It turned out to be a pretty good read overall. Recommended.

Matt M
Matt M

I just picked up “Cold Beer and Crocodiles: A Bicycle Journey into Australia” based on a recommendation. I’ve got a few other books to finish first, but it looks good and I can’t wait to read it.