There are many great books written about cycling, both factual and fiction, so I thought I'd provide a small list of those I have read (and some that I haven't) as there's nothing better than reading a book that takes you on a journey.
One Man and His Bike by Mike Carter – I've written about this wonderful book on the blog so I'll say little about it and direct you straight to the posts in question. Click here and then here for more...
The Road Headed West by Leon McCarron – an account of Leon McCarron's ride, by bike, across America. Again, I've reviewed this book on the blog. For further details, click here.
Cycling Home from Siberia by Rob Lilwall – a gruelling journey around a large chunk of the planet by bicycle through places like Indonesia, Afghanistan and Iran. A fantastic book and a very good read, it can be found under 'travel writing' in most good bookshops.
Uneasy Rider by Mike Carter – Mike's first book and equally as good as One Man and His Bike, although I must point out that it's about motorcycle riding, not push bikes; but that doesn't mean it's not worth reading. In fact, I can't make my mind up as to which book is best. Click here for more.
The Bicycle Diaries by David Byrne – Byrne is probably more well-known for being the frontman of the post-punk band Talking Heads (remember that great track Once in a Lifetime?). However, he's also a keen cyclist and often packs a foldable bike when he goes on tour or visits a foreign city. This book is all about his rides around various US cities, Berlin, London, Manila, Buenos Aires and London, not forgetting Sydney and San Franciso. I haven't reviewed it yet, but when I do, I'll add a link here. I must say that it's a truly great book and extremely well-written.
The Man Who Cycled the World by Mark Beaumont – the story of Mark Beaumont's epic ride around the world starting and finishing in Paris and taking in Iran, Pakistan, India, Thailand, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Portugal and Spain. A truly epic adventure and well worth a read. Click here for more.
The Bicycle Book by Bella Bathhurst – a book about bicycles. I've yet to read this book, but I did write a review of a review that I found in The Economist. Click here.
The Cyclist Who Went Out in the Cold by Tim Moore – an excellent book about riding the Iron Curtain Trail, aka EV13. Moore is brilliant, put it that way. Click here.