It’s true. At Mtbr and RoadBikeReview, 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.
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
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
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
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