Tonight Clever Cycles is hosting prolific Portland author and publisher Elly Blue from 6-8pm to celebrate the release of Blue’s first book, Everyday Bicycling: How to Ride a Bike for Transportation (Whatever Your Lifestyle).
The book is a how-to aimed at people new to using a bicycle for transportation but there’s plenty to enjoy in the book for more experienced riders too.
Reading Everyday Bicycling is like talking to a wise friend who wants to help make your ride easier. Topics range from simply becoming comfortable on a bike to bicycling with kids to building your own bike bucket. Blue’s advice is consistently friendly, instructive, and uplifting. She offers her knowledge of bicycling, along with quotes and tips from others, without making you feel bad for not getting everything right on the first try.
The book begins with stories of Blue’s first experiences on a bike, some of which didn’t go quite as planned:
“I wasn’t the greatest bike rider, poking along on the sidewalk to the dismay of people trying to walk there…And I wasn’t always very steady on the bicycle. One time, I turned my head towards a distant sound and ended up riding into a wall.”
-Excerpt from Chapter 1: How to Ride a Bike
To give you another idea of what’s covered in the book, Blue demonstrates the practicality of bicycling for a number of purposes in this promotional film from Cantankerous Titles: