It’s that time of year again, when I start thinking about present ideas for women’s cycling fans, cycling fans and cyclists who are women, and one place I like to start is on a bookshelf. I’ve been doing these posts for a couple of years, so I’m going to start by pointing you to the 2014 booklist, which including everything from autobiography to poetry, chicklit to history, science fiction to economics, and even books about men’s races! This post is going to focus on the books published in 2015, either by women, or about women and cycling, a couple of 2016 calendars you might like, and includes three books I’ll give away to three lucky readers. As always, I get absolutely nothing for promoting any of these – they’re just things I find interesting and think you might like.
Update! I don’t get any financial benefit from sharing these books, BUT I’ve just set up an Amazon Associates account, so if you buy though my links, I get a little cut of Amazon’s costs (don’t worry, this doesn’t affect the writers’ royalties, it just helps me!)
Let’s start with the giveaways! All of these three are edited by USA bike activist Elly Blue, who you should be following, as she’s super-interesting, and are published by Microcosm Publishing. They’re very different, but I really enjoyed each of them for different reasons.
Our Bodies, Our Bikes, edited by Elly Blue & April Streeter (Microcosm Publishing, ISBN 978-1-62106-895-2)
It’s a crowd-sourced collection of all kinds of information for women who ride bikes, and along with lots of advice for cycling newbies as the title suggests (they call it an homage to the classic Our Bodies, Our Selves), there are big sections about health in here, both physical and mental, covering everything from periods to pregnancy to menopause, cycling and disability, aging and cycling, and so much more. Because there are so many contributors, there’s a range of tones and voices, and it’s the perfect thing to dip in and out of, although I found every time I read one piece, I’d have read 4 more before I realised! It’s got humour, anger, practicality and a sense of the ridiculous in the pages, with happy illustrations all through it. And if you read my 2014 guide, you know I love books which talking about cycling and the female anatomy, as I well remember wondering if I’d ever be able to ride through that saddle pain!
Amazon Associates link: Our Bodies, Our Bikes (Bicycle)