The 2017 women’s cycling book list (and teasers for 2018)

It’s a kind of tradition that I collect a list of women’s cycling books published in a year. This is a very broad category – books by and about women cyclists and books with cycling in them by women.  It’s always fun to see what’s out there, they make great Christmas-birthday-Hanukkah-Kwanzaa-Solstice presents, and it’s definitely showing how much of an interest there is in the sport.   So here’s the 2017 version, with photography, autobiography, cartoons, recipes, Young Adult fiction, adventure, inspiration and more!

If you want the previous booklists, here are books published in 2016, 2015, and all the ones I found in 2014, when I started.   And if you want some ideas for other women’s cycling-themed presents, or gifts for women who love bikes, have a browse through the shopping category of the site, of things I’ve seen over the years.

As always, I don’t get any benefit from recommending this, it’s just something I enjoy (although if you buy them via my Amazon Associates link, I’ll get a cut).  And of course, if I’ve missed anything, please do share, in the comments or on twitter, and I’ll edit it in.   I’d especially love to hear about books that aren’t in English.

How to Build a Bike: A Simple Guide to Making Your Own Ride by Jenni Gwiazdowski (Frances Lincoln, ISBN 978-0711238985)

I’m a real fan of Jenni Gwiadowski, who runs the London Bike Kitchen, and you might remember my podcast with her from back in May, or me turning up on the Wheelsuckers podcasts she runs with Alex Davis, where I tried to convince Jenni to love pro women’s cycling, and the OVO Energy Women’s Tour.

The LBK is all about giving people the skills, tools and space to fix their own bikes, so it’s completely in character that Gwiazdowski’s first book is about building one from scratch.   I really love Gwiazdowski’s style, and with all her experience teaching people over the years, she’s the perfect person to write this.

You can buy a signed copy of the book from the LBK shop, which I recommend for bike-y presents, or via my Amazon Associates link

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One of my favourite women’s cycling initiatives is the Adventure Syndicate, and my last few booklists have had books by the fabulous Emily Chappell, Juliana Buhring, Sarah Outen and Lee Craigie – and this year there’s another to

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Presents for women’s cycling fans 2016: Part 3 – things that help everyday women’s cycling

An annual tradition I’ve got is to pull together ideas of presents for Christmas/Hanukkah/Solstice/holiday/birthdays etc for women’s cycling fans, and women who love bikes – but part 3 is especially aimed at everyone.

Part 1 of the 2016 guide was a book list, Part 2 was things we can buy or do to support professional women cyclists and teams, and now Part 3 is about things we can do to support organisations that are working to help increase “everyday cycling” for women.

It includes some gorgeous things that just happen to have proceeds going to good works – and ways to help women in developing countries, as well as the UK, USA, Canada and Australia.  I’ve included ways to donate to all of these, either in your own name, or as a gift on behalf of someone else.

I love all these organisations, and it’s really helping my 2016 blues to think about the great work that’s going on.  Like always, if you think of organisations I’ve forgotten, please do let me a comment, or tweet me, and I’ll edit it in – I’m especially interested in organisations working in non-English-speaking countries.

Things we can buy to support everyday cycling

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Black Girls Do Bike

Black Girls Do Bike is a fantastic USA organisation, set up with a pretty self-explanatory purpose:

“…growing and supporting a community of women of color who share a passion for cycling. We champion efforts to introduce the joy of cycling to all women, but especially, black women and girls.”

They run rides, meet-ups, skill-sharing sessions and more, and do a great job sharing positive imagery that proves that despite what the average portrayal of everyday cycling in the media, black girls do bike.

There’s lots more information on their website, including how to join in, and how women can start their own chapters, and some interviews with founder Monica Garrison on Bicycling.com and on Bike Radar – and we can all support them by donating directly to them, or through their online shop.

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Presents for women’s cycling fans 2016 – Part 2: things made by professional cyclists

I always laugh at myself for my inability to write snappy, SEO-able titles, but I’m proud that I’ve managed to edit this down from “Christmas/Kwanzaa/Hanukkah/Solstice/Any-other-celebration/secular/birthday/payday gifts for women’s cycling fans, women who love bikes, and cycling fans in general I guess, that are made by, or with, or help support professional women riders”.  I’m ridiculous!

But it’s a category I always really enjoy, because there are always interesting things to see, and of course I really love things that support the riders.  You can find the 2014 edition here, and last year’s.  Have a look at all of them, because a lot of those things are still for sale.

Let’s start with things that support professional women’s cycling teams.  I pulled together posts of how to buy 2016 team kit and other goodies earlier in the year, and these always make good gifts – you can find the post full of 2016 WorldTour team shops, and USA domestic squads as well.

And another one, from a great UK domestic team, who I really like:

As always, if there’s anything I’ve missed, please do leave a message in the comments, or tweet me, and I’ll edit it in.  And I don’t get any financial benefit from sharing these links – I just enjoy it, and hope you will too.

So in no particular order…

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Presents for women’s cycling fans 2016 – this year’s books (and a giveaway)

It’s become a tradition that I pull together posts full of present ideas for women’s cycling fans and cycling fans/cyclists who are women, for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Solstice etc etc, or birthdays, or just because you want to treat someone (yourself).  And it’s also a tradition that I start with books published in 2016, either by women, or about women and cycling, because I do love a good cycling book.

If you want to see the previous posts, the 2014 booklist was the first, and included everything from autobiography to poetry, chicklit to history, science fiction to economics, and even books about men’s races!  Last year’s booklist had cycling and women’s health, more autobiography, photography and art, and more.

This year’s collection includes autobiographies, of course, but also a Young Adult novel, photography, economics, colouring books, fiction, city planning, global warming, a cookbook and some general bikey books.  It’s amazing how many things I found just from this year, and I always love the variety – and while this year’s theme was definitely ultra-endurance, and colouring, there are books about track, road, cyclocross and “everyday” cycling, including cycling for amputees – even a love story set at my favourite race, the Aviva Women’s Tour!  If you can find more that have been published in 2016, especially books in languages other than English, please do let me know in the comments, or on twitter, and I’ll edit them in.

As always, I don’t get any financial benefit from sharing these books, BUT if you buy though my Amazon Associates, I get a little cut of Amazon’s costs (don’t worry, this doesn’t affect the writers’ royalties, it just helps me).

Like last year, I’m going to start with a giveaway, courtesy of Microcosm Publishing.  They sent me a copy of Pedal, Stretch, Breathe: The Yoga of Bicycling, by Kelli Refer, which was published in 2013, and if you’d like this book leave me a message below or tweet me at @_pigeons_, telling me you want it, and I’ll pull a name out of a hat for whoever gets the free copy on Friday 25th November.  There’s another giveaway later in the post, too….

If you don’t win it, it can also be bought directly from Microcosm, and if you browse around the bike section of their catalogue, you’ll find all sorts of other books about bikes by other authors, as well as a whole section of bike zines.  So what else have Microcosm published this year?  All their books can be bought from their site in paperbacks, e-books and more – click through the title link for that, author interviews, little videos about the books and more.

screen-shot-2016-11-15-at-18-47-45The Velocipede Races by Emily June Street (Microcosm Publishing, ISBN 978-1-62106-058-1)

I am always delighted by the different genres Microcosm link bikes to – so a Young Adult Feminist Steampunk novel was always going to make me smile.   Here’s how they describe it:

“Emmeline Escot knows that she was born to ride in Seren’s cutthroat velocipede races. The only problem: She’s female in a world where women lead tightly laced lives. Emmeline watches her twin brother gain success as a professional racing jockey while her own life grows increasingly narrow. Ever more stifled by rules, corsets, and her upcoming marriage of convenience to a brusque stranger, Emmy rebels—with stunning consequences. Can her dream to race survive scandal, scrutiny, and heartbreak?”

Order from my Amazon Associates linkUpdate!  Feargal McKay’s review on Podium Café.

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More 2015 clothing collaborations with cyclists

Yesterday I showed you three recent collaborations between professional cyclists and cycling kit companies (with more at the end!) and today I’ve got more clothing collaborations – socks, kit, jeans and some casual clothing to help a team.  And if you’re in the same country as these guys, you can still get them in time for Christmas!  (Need more last minute Hanukkah/Christmas/Solstice/2015 birthday gifts for a women’s cycling fan, or woman who loves bikes?  Check out my shopping category, which is full of links to everything from art, to jewellery, to books, to random stuff from the last three years).

Emily Kachoreks’ Voler kits

I’m starting with USA cyclist Emily Kachorek‘s kits, that are for sale on Voler.  Kachorek’s the co-founder of handmade bike company Squid Bikes, and helps design all these jerseys (and gets a cut of the profits).  They have that streetart/cartoony vibe, and are available in women’s and men’s designs, with long & short sleeves, thermal versions, and even bibshorts, and I especially love the jersey full of monsters, and the black & white one – so vibrant and happy, and Megster, who told me about these, says kids love them when she rides past them.

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Presents for women’s cycling fans 2015 – new books & 2016 calendars – with a giveaway!

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!)

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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)

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Links to make you smile

In England it’s cold and dreary, in Australia it’s apparently far too hot, so we need some women’s cycling links to cheer us up.  Luckily I have some for you!  I’ll start with lip-synching, but there’s all kinds of things that made me happy this last month in here…

It’s team camp season, and just like they did in the stage races this year, Rabo-Liv set a high bar for other teams to reach….

while over in the USA, Lindsay Bayer is shaking it…

 

Same song, different version…  CX rider Ellen Noble had one of those embarrassing premature celebration moments, and Dirtwire made this video, showing how she vindicated herself.  Lovely interview at the end.

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