Book Reviews from Coralie

The Cyclist’s bucket list: a celebration of 75 quintessential cycling experiences

by Ian Dille.  Rodale: New York, 2015.

An exploration of the world’s most interesting bike rides. While the types of rides vary from urban to remote, easy to difficult to racing, the locations are mainly Europe and North America, while there are three in the United Kingdom and two in Australia, one in Africa. Good photography and a taste of wonder. Overseas cycling holiday anyone?

Cyclogeography: journeys of a London bicycle Courier

by Jon Day.   Honiton, Devon: Notting Hill, 2015.

A relatively short book, the author thinks about the way bicycles connect people and places, specifically being a bicycle courier taking him around London. An essay about the bicycle in the cultural imagination and a portrait of London written from the saddle. Ever cycled in London? New sights and interests await in this fine book.

Roads were not built for cars: how cyclists were the first to push for good roads & became the pioneers of motoring

 by Carlton Reid  Washington [DC]: Island, 2015.

The role of bicycles in the development of roads is one that we are unlikely to have considered, especially with the prevailing ethos ‘cars rule, OK’. But roads were needed first by cyclists, and this beautifully illustrated book shows the shared history of vehicle used in the development of roads.

All these books are available from the Geelong Regional Library.


Book Reviews from Coralie

Here are some more of Coralie’s cycling book reviews – all available from Geelong Regional Library.

Family Cycling

by Carlton Reid

edited by Richard Ballantine.

For people who would like to encourage children to ride. Lots of information on teaching children to ride, bicycles for children, and alternative ways to carry children on bicycles, such as trailers, tagalongs, and box bikes. A good book for a cycling grandparent to encourage their grandchildren.


by Christine Elliott and David Jablonka

foreword by Phil Liggett.

Mulgrave, Victoria: Images, 2009.


Custom built bicycles: a bicycle built to your specifications. Why? ‘To have a bike that does exactly what you want it to do, fits you exactly the way you want it to fit, and looks exactly as your heart desires’. Many want a custom built bicycle so they can have the right size bike, but there are other reasons too: some want faster, lighter bikes with better components. Some want to have a distinctive looking bike such as the wonderful butterfly spokes bike from Roark Custom Titanium Bicycles (Indiana, USA). Some want a special type of bicycle, such as a tandem, tricycle or a cargo bike. Some see their bike as an extension of their personality, it has to be just right in the way it fits and looks and works, so they go to a custom builder.

‘Custom bicycles’ looks at builders of custom bikes in a number of different countries, with a few pages each on about 40 different companies, lots of photographs and interesting information. The most interesting is Baum in North Shore, Geelong. That’s right, you can have your custom bicycle built in Geelong. Darren Baum, who was born in Geelong and grew up here, set up Baum ‘to create bicycles that combine the best of modern technology and sports science with the timeless elegance of a handmade product: bicycles you will always enjoy’.


1001 bicycles to dream of riding

by Guy Kesteven.

New York: Quintessence, 2014.

A good book to dip into, beginning in the 19th century, but concentrating on the 21st century. Some different types of bicycles: aero/ all rounder/ all-terrain/ cargo/ childs/ commuter/ concept/ custom/cyclocross/ downhill/ e-bike/ fixed gear/folding /gravity/hardtail / leisure/ mountain/ paced track bike/ race/ recumbent/ road/ snowbike/ tandem/ triathlon/ touring/ town/ track/ tricycle/ time trial/ triathlon/ utility.