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Book Review: Latest Boneshaker makes great bicycle beach reading

Posted Jun 29 2010 12:40pm

I’ll be out of town at a lake house the next week so the subject of beach reading is on my mind. Luckily, I just received the latest incarnation of Boneshaker: A Bicycling Almanac . The folks at Boneshaker hav been producing this twice a year collection of bicycle inspired stories, poems, drawing, and interviews for going on five volumes now much to the pleasure of their readers. Of course, it would not be an almanac without a schedule of the phases of the moon, but they add some poetry in the description of the moon and suggestions in ways to enjoy it. June’s moon for example was Strawberry Moon and Boneshaker invites you to let “The juice of strawberries run down your chin as you bite the crop and pedal.”

Some of my favorites in the pocket sized book include a hilarious chart on what and what not to eat on a bike and a great travelogue of an intrepid cyclist who rides 500km over the mountains of British Columbia to a jazz festival with little more than long johns and chocolate and no knowledge of how to change a flat. All ends well for her, but the story made me want to jump on my touring bike and do the same.

Whether you are at the beach, in the mountains, or at Barton Springs for your summer vacation, pick up a copy of Boneshaker for some fun bicycle themed summer reading.

Boneshaker: A Bicycling Almanac
Issue BA 42-500
$6 online
or order a 1 year subscription for $40 including Matter 13 and 14 & Boneshaker 42-500 and 43-100

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