For years, I scoured the Net for a certain type of bicycle book. I was eager to find others who biked the way I biked, to dig in to stories about people who used their bicycles for getting around. I had keyword terms for my somewhat obsessive searches: city biking
, city cyclist
, cycle chic
, women on wheels
Before 2014, manuals for road cyclists abounded, but that wasn’t me. Periodically there would be a book here or there that appealed, classics that may not have been exactly on topic but were important to start my bike-book library. The Chainbreaker Bike Book
, for example, appeared back in 2007. It’s a quintessential DIY bike repair manual, somewhat gritty yet still important for a skirt-and-sunglasses, fair weather cyclist like myself...