2014 Holiday Gift Guide: For the reading cyclist

New books both celebrate and help advance cycling

Gear Holiday Gift Guide

It’s true. At RoadBikeReview and Mtbr, we’re all-online, all-the-time. But even we can’t resists the tactile satisfaction of a good book–particularly one on our favorite topic. Here are our picks for some good under-the-tree tomes for the cyclists in your life.

Kings of Pain by Philippe Brunel

Kings of Pain: Masters and Convicts of the Road

While we could look at old school photos of Eddy Merckx, Jacques Anquetil, Fausto Coppi, et al. in the throes of on-bike battle endlessly, it’s the pictures like that of a sun-crisped Coppi in his skivvies that adds a relatable human element to Philippe Brunel’s Kings of Pain: Masters and Convicts of the Road. Beautifully bound and printed by the aestheticians at Rapha, the volume deserves to be king of the coffee table as well. $60

Fat Tire Flyer by Charlie kelly

Fat Tire Flyer: Repack and the Birth of Mountain Biking

Fat Tire Flyer was the original magazine of mountain biking that chronicled the sport’s birth and early days. Publisher Charlie Kelly’s new book Fat Tire Flyer: Repack and the Birth of Mountain Biking revisits the publication and chronicles the chroniclers with a fresh look at the awesome band of crazies who created the sport. $29.95

Bikenomics by Elly Blue

Bikenomics

Ever had someone in a car tell you to get your bike off the road because their gas taxes paid for it? Turns out we all pay more than half the bill whether we drive or not (and most of us actually bike and drive). In her book Bikenomics, author Elly Blue takes us on a deep dive into the economic and social impacts of driving vs. cycling and backs it up with well-researched facts. A must-read for anyone who yearns for cycling to become a real part of our transportation infrastructure. $14.95

Bike Parks by IMBA

Bike Parks – IMBA’s Guide to New School Trails

Despite being essentially an instruction manual, IMBA’s new Bike Parks – IMBA’s Guide to New School Trails inspires us to dream about both digging and riding. Having compiled the collective experience of thousands of projects and builders across the globe, the book details techniques for building sustainable pump tracks, flow trails and bike parks. $30

About the author: Don Palermini

Chicago-born editorial director Don Palermini became a cycling-based life-form in the sixth grade after completing a family road bike tour of his home state. Three years later he bought his first mountain bike to help mitigate the city's pothole-strewn streets, and began exploring the region's unpaved roads and trails. Those rides sparked a much larger journey which includes all manner of bike racing, commuting, on- and off-road bike advocacy, and a 20-plus-year marketing career in the cycling industry. Now residing in the San Francisco Bay Area and pedaling for Mtbr, his four favorite words in the English language are "breakfast served all day," together in that order.


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