Books and Zines

First look at ‘Biking Portland’ guide book

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on April 10th, 2013 at 11:51 am

Biking Portland book

With the release of Biking Portland: 55 Rides from the Willamette Valley to Vancouver, anyone interested in discovering great rides in and around Portland has another excellent resource to turn to.

Written by Alaska native Owen Wozniak and published by The Mountaineers Books, Biking Portland offers much more than cue sheets, maps, and ideas on places to ride. Wozniak has a deep appreciation for natural areas (his day job is project manager for the Trust for Public Lands, a non-profit conservation group) as well as the metro area’s history, geography and politics. “I’ve tried to sneak as much of that stuff between the covers of a biking guide book as possible,” he says.

“I think it’s a great fit because a bike is actually a great way to experience some of the more wonky stuff (urban planning, environmental conservation) that makes our region special.”
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‘Hop in the Saddle’ party launches book with a bang

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on November 16th, 2012 at 3:18 pm

Hop in the Saddle book launch party-4

Goldsprints were a hit.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Velo Cult bike shop hosted a hoppin’ party last night as a huge crowd turned out to help launch the bike book: Hop in the Saddle: A Guide to Portland’s Craft Beer Scene, by Bike.

There was a huge spread of food, the beer was flowing, the goldsprints were a hoot, and all sorts of fun people showed up. It’s exciting how Velo Cult has lived up to their promises of becoming so much more than a bike shop. Sky Boyer and his crew are really committed to the community and the space is much more than just a place to fix and buy bikes (watch for a full Velo Cult profile soon).

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Elly Blue and Portland’s bike book boom

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on November 8th, 2012 at 10:02 am

Elly Blue, publisher.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

These are boom times in the bike book publishing world. From big coffee-table books detailing the beauty of bike design, to guidebooks on where and how to ride and everything in between — the cycling renaissance in North America is being mirrored by an equally robust uptick in the amount of new books that document it.

Major publishing houses have noticed and they’re certainly getting a piece of the action; but here in Portland, a growing number of authors are turning to small press and independent publishers.

And who’s at the forefront of this fledgling revolution? None other than activist, businesswoman, writer, journalist and southeast Portland resident Elly Blue. Under her Taking the Lane Media banner, Elly is publishing, consulting on, distributing, marketing, and even writing bike books at a breakneck pace. After cutting her teeth on writing and bike journalism here on BikePortland back in the day, Elly found big success as a columnist for Since that gig ended, Elly has spent the last two years learning everything she can about the publishing business (and she’s also become something of an expert on how to win a Kickstarter campaign).[Read more…]

First look: New book chronicles Oregon Manifest competition

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on September 5th, 2012 at 10:27 am

New Oregon Manifest book-1

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Organizers of the Oregon Manifest event are set to release a new book tomorrow. The book, BIKE CRAFT, DESIGN, INNOVATION, is a coffee table quality, 228-page publication that provides an in-depth look into the bikes and the builders of the 2011 competition as well as a recap of the inaugural 2009 edition of the event.

Here’s the official blurb:

This image-rich document of the competition features design details of each entry bike, the three designer/craftsmen Creative Collaboration bikes, on-the-scene shots from the Field Test and judging, and interviews with the winners, judges and the Creative Collaborators. Also included are portraits of the 2009 competitors.

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Portlanders launch ‘Hop in the Saddle’; a guide to local beer by bike

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on August 21st, 2012 at 2:12 pm

A trio of Portlander women have joined forces to launch Hop in the Saddle, a forthcoming (they hope) guide book that will take readers on a bike tour of local craft beer breweries and pubs. The project launched via Kickstarter today and its supporters are hoping to raise $15,000 to make the book a reality.

Behind the project are: noted author Ellee Thalheimer, whose Cycling Sojourner guide book came out earlier this year; freelance reporter Lucy Burningham, who has written about beer and bikes in The New York Times, Outside, and other national publications; and Laura Cary, a graphic designer based in Portland. (Check bios of all three of them at

Given what I know about these women, this will be an excellent book! Beyond that, one lucky backer of their Kickstarter campaign will get a one-of-kind, custom “beer bike” built by none other than famed local builder Tony Pereira (who happens to be the husband of Mrs. Burningham). All it takes is a donation of $10,000 or more.
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Hitting the wall (in a good way) with Seattle-based yoga instructor Kelli Refer

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on August 2nd, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Pedal-inspired poses.
(Photo: Althea)

This is a guest post by Seattle-based writer and yoga instructor Kelli Refer. Kelli specializes in yoga poses for people who bike, blogs about it at Yoga For Bikers, and is the author of the new zine (published by none other than Elly Blue’s Taking the Lane Media), Pedal, Stretch, Breathe.

Usually when we hit a wall it’s a bad thing. But after a long bike ride, the wall is your friend*.

Taking time to recover after a long ride is an important part of self care for cyclists. You let your muscles relax after strenuous riding to build strength and replenish your energy for the ride tomorrow. This practice is called an active recovery. You may already know Shavasana, the corpse pose — which is how you end each yoga session, by laying flat on your back and relaxing into the floor.

Here are three of my favorite restorative poses for cyclists:
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First look at ’75 Classic Rides: Oregon’ guidebook

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on June 29th, 2012 at 12:02 pm


Remember last July when I shared the news that four — yes four! — new bike guidebooks based on Portland and Oregon would be hitting the shelves this summer?

Back in March we were introduced to Ellee Thalheimer’s Cycling Sojourner, an excellent new guidebook for multi-day tours on Oregon’s backroads.

Today, I got a sneak peek at another one of the new books: 75 Classic Rides Oregon: The Best Road Biking Routes, published by The Mountaineers. This full-color, paperbound book is written by freelance writer and north Portland resident Jim Moore and is should be on store shelves now.

Jim has been riding Oregon’s most beautiful roads for years (I rode with him up to Timothy Lake back in 2005) and he’s poured a lot of insights and great writing into this project. He’s a talented wordsmith, so don’t expect the typical boring guidebook prose. “The descriptions are more experiential (and sometimes irreverent), to give people a personal feel for each route,” Jim recently shared.[Read more…]

New book by local professor delves into philosophy, ethical issues of cycling

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on October 28th, 2010 at 12:02 pm


Linfield College professor and local racer Jesús Ilundáin-Agurruza is the co-editor of a new book that explores the philosophy of cycling.

The book, Cycling—Philosophy for Everyone: A Philosophical Tour de Force (Wiley-Blackwell, August 2010), is a collection of essays that its publisher says is “meant to stretch the off-road mental muscles of cyclists.”

“The book wheels its way through the terrain of life’s more complicated philosophical questions with essayists covering everyone from Lance Armstrong to Socrates, and discussing cycling’s identity crisis, ethical issues related to success, women bikers, critical mass rides and the environment.”

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“Lost Cyclist” has historical Portland connection

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on February 23rd, 2010 at 9:00 am

Cover of The Lost Cyclist.

David Herlihy’s forthcoming book, The Lost Cyclist: The Epic Tale of an American Adventurer and His Mysterious Disappearance, has a Portland connection that’s over a century old.

Herlihy, author of the award-winning Bicycle: The History, got in touch recently to tell us a bit about the story of Frank Lenz, the “lost cyclist.”

Back in 1892, Lenz set off from Pittsburgh on his innovative “safety” bicycle (a prototype of the modern bicycle design) with an aim to cycle around the world. According to legend, and Herlihy’s book, Lenz disappeared under mysterious circumstances in Turkey two years later. [Read more…]

Shift noted in new book on “The rise of the bicycle in American public life”

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on March 3rd, 2008 at 10:52 am

Shift gets noticed in new book.
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In his new book, Pedal Power: The Quiet Rise of the Bicycle in American Public Life, DePaul University political science professor J. Harry Wray devotes three-and-a-half pages to local bike fun activist group, Shift.

In a chapter titled, Pushing the Envelope: Populist Politics, Shift is noted for working, “on the cultural side of bike consciousness.” To illustrate his point, Wray writes about several Shift-inspired events and phenomenon including Pedalpalooza, Move by Bike, Midnight Mystery Rides, Breakfast on the Bridges (which has recently expanded to Salem), and more.[Read more…]