Gift Guide: Four books for the cycling enthusiast

Unsure what to get that friend who loves bikes and books? Combine the passions with these four cycling-related publications for all types of both riders and readers.

Pedal Stretch Breathe: The Yoga of Bicycling
By Kelli Refer

This quick read is a handy guide to some of the best yoga practices and stretches that can help make cycling more comfortable and rewarding, whether it’s for fun, transportation or fitness. Refer combines both the physical and mental practices of yoga (like slowing down, calming down and becoming mindful) with a passion for cycling to provide tips, tricks and insights for both in the saddle and in the rest of life. She describes a plethora of different stretches and restorative/recovery poses to help with different physical issues that cyclists often encounter as well as those that aid in staying healthy and flexible. She also relates breathe and mindfulness to cycling. Pedal Stretch Breathe is a great little guide for anyone in your life who is interested in yoga, cycling or both.

Price: $9.95
More info and buy here

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Biketopia: Feminist Bicycle Science Fiction Stories in Extreme Futures
Edited by Elly Blue

Biketopia is a collection of short sci-fi stories with a feminist bent, a pleasing combination for science fiction, feminist literature and cycling fans. Twelve different writers have twelve different takes on an uncertain future – all of which involve bikes – but are very different in their portrayal of the utopias and dystopias they imagine. From love and resistance to aliens to 1984-style governmental control, these stories will speak to everyone’s fears, hopes and dreams for the future.

Price: $9.95
Available from Microcosm Publishing

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Bike Boom: The Unexpected Resurgence of Cycling
By Carlton Reid

Bike Boom is a documentary chronicling the history of cycling’s boom and bust periods, from the late 1800s to present day. Reid examines the political, economic and cultural factors that have worked to encourage or discourage cycling, how some cities have successfully encouraged bike booms and how and why others didn’t, and why cycling is more popular with certain groups in society than others. This non-fiction piece of literature draws lessons from history to inform cycling advocacy for the future, and is a great read for anyone interested in cycling, history and advocacy.

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Price: Hardcover $60, Paperback and e-book $30
Available from Island Press

Gravel Cycling: The Complete Guide to Gravel Racing and Adventure Bikepacking
By Nick Legan

Gravel Cycling is a comprehensive guide to many aspects of the latest up-and-coming niche in cycling – gravel riding and bikepacking. It is packed with photos and covers gravel races and events and adventure touring routes, as well as tips for race prep, choosing a bike and outfitting your bike for a long ride or multi-day excursion. It’s definitely geared towards beginners and people looking to get into gravel riding, long-distance racing and riding or bikepacking and overnight trips, but it’s an interesting and bucket-list-inspiring read for gravel and adventure enthusiasts of all levels.

Price: $24.95
Available from VeloPress

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