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Hello, Bicycle
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Hello, Bicycle
An Inspired Guide to the Two-Wheeled Life
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An inspirational and encouraging illustrated guide to the world of bicycles and cycling, with practical information on bike buying, riding, repairs, and maintenance as well as countless suggestions on how to better enjoy your wheels, from packing a bike picnic to crafting art projects using spare parts.
Believe or not, anyone can be great at cycling. Let Hello, Bicycle empower you. Riding a bike is one of life's simple joys—it's fun, freeing, and good for the planet and our health. Hello, Bicycle is a practical guide to the bike life with real-world advice, covering everything you need to know to up your bicycling game and ride with confidence and style. Filled with everything you need to know about:
• Buying new, used, and custom bikes
• Making the switch to bike commuting
• Riding, locking, and storing your bike
• Maintaining your bike at home (and what your mechanic should handle)
• Picnicking, traveling, camping, and touring by bicycle
• Creating DIY bike projects

• And much more!
Adorable illustrations and friendly tips will make even the most daunting cycling endeavors seem doable! This inspiring, giftable, informative, and fun handbook offers something for cyclists of all types, whether you're new to biking, looking to get back into it, or a seasoned rider who wants to take it to the next level.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
An inspirational and encouraging illustrated guide to the world of bicycles and cycling, with practical information on bike buying, riding, repairs, and maintenance as well as countless suggestions on how to better enjoy your wheels, from packing a bike picnic to crafting art projects using spare parts.
Believe or not, anyone can be great at cycling. Let Hello, Bicycle empower you. Riding a bike is one of life's simple joys—it's fun, freeing, and good for the planet and our health. Hello, Bicycle is a practical guide to the bike life with real-world advice, covering everything you need to know to up your bicycling game and ride with confidence and style. Filled with everything you need to know about:
• Buying new, used, and custom bikes
• Making the switch to bike commuting
• Riding, locking, and storing your bike
• Maintaining your bike at home (and what your mechanic should handle)
• Picnicking, traveling, camping, and touring by bicycle
• Creating DIY bike projects

• And much more!
Adorable illustrations and friendly tips will make even the most daunting cycling endeavors seem doable! This inspiring, giftable, informative, and fun handbook offers something for cyclists of all types, whether you're new to biking, looking to get back into it, or a seasoned rider who wants to take it to the next level.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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  • From the book Introduction

    Two wheels. A bicycle isn't much more complicated than that.

    In its simplest form, the bicycle is made up of two wheels, a frame, a chain, pedals, handlebars, and a seat. It is the most beautiful of machines, as aesthetically pleasing as it is functional. Today's bicycle isn't too far from its first incarnation in the early 1800s. Certainly, the bicycle has evolved, but ultimately its basic form has held up, and it is this lack of changes that speak to the bicycle's one true power: its simplicity.

    One of humankind's greatest inventions was the wheel. The wheel was revolutionary; it changed everything—how we work, how we travel, how we live. Over the centuries, the wheel has been used in many machines and contraptions, but its basic form and function haven't changed at all. And wheels—two of them, to be precise—are exactly what make a bicycle so incredible. It's thanks to those two wheels, in line, that the bicycle is such a simple wonder. Just like the wheel, the bicycle, too, is revolutionary.

    The bicycle is a simple mode of transportation, a simple way to transport cargo, a simple way to get out and exercise. You don't need any type of fuel except your own two legs to power a bicycle forward. Bike maintenance doesn't require a computer; a few tools and a little elbow grease will get you far. The bicycle is simply fun.

    In a day and age where we are looking for ways to live more sustainable lives, build better communities, and be healthier, the bicycle has emerged as one of the best ways to achieve all three. If we have begun to embrace the bicycle with renewed interest, it's because the bicycle is in many ways the easiest solution to a multitude of problems. It won't fix every problem out there, but it's a good start—one that individuals, urban planners, and politicians are seeing as a meaningful tool to create positive change.

    Why embrace a life on two wheels? Because above all, a life on two wheels is a simple life. It's about slowing down. It's about enjoying our surroundings. It's about finding beauty in the everyday. It's about going on rides with friends. It's about finding and building community. It's about feeling the wind on your face as you charge down a hill. It's about the feeling of pushing one foot down and then the other, that rhythmic meditation that is so enthralling and addicting. It's difficult to ride a bicycle without smiling. Bicycling feels good, and in our hectic, fast-paced modern lives, we need this.

    But despite the bicycle's simplicity, the world of cycling can easily feel intimidating. If we haven't ridden one for some time (for quite some time), we don't know where to begin; we feel overwhelmed by all the things we think we are supposed to know. But here's the thing: it's the overcomplication of something simple that makes it intimidating. Want to get back to that exhilarating feeling of being a kid on a bicycle? All you need to do is strip away all of those overcomplications.

    That's what this book is for. This book is for those of you who remember the excitement of getting your first bicycle. It's for those of you looking at those bike commuters on your way to work and wondering if you could do it, too. It's for anyone who ogles the bike parked at the store with a basket for groceries positioned on the front. This book is also for those of you who already ride but want to do a little more—change your own tires, plan a cycling tour, or even find the inspiration to launch a pedal-powered business. It's for anyone who has ever said to themselves, "I want to ride more, but . . ."

    It doesn't matter what comes after the "but." What matters...
About the Author-
  • Anna Brones is a freelance writer and film producer, and the author of The Culinary Cyclist and Fika: The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break. She is also the founder of the online food magazine Foodie Underground. Find more of her work at annabrones.com.
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