book review: cyclist bikelist

I read Cyclist BikeList: The Book for Every Rider in the last session of our Survey of Children’s Literature class. We were talking about informational books.

This book is aimed at middle school kids who are getting into cycling. It’s got a bit about the history of bicycles, and some stuff on how bikes work, which really informs the meat of the book, how to choose a bike. It’s got breakdowns of the differences between Road, Mountain, BMX and Hybrid bikes in terms of tires, frames, the reasons you’d get which. It also has a section on picking a bike shop and the kind of equipment and food that’s good for cycling. I loved the safety section which included the advice to yell and ring your bell at people who turn right in front of you as you’re riding on the street. “They are breaking the law!” the book exclaims. “You are in the right place! Don’t let them intimidate you”

The book was illustrated by Ramon Perez, who was at Emerald City Comicon and my friend got a sketch from. He’s an Eisner nominated comics guy and the illustrations in the book are very contemporary looking. There are also a few photos for things like the parts of a bike.

The book was very good, and I’d definitely recommend it. It’s not targeted at a YA audience, and is more cool for a twelve-year-old than something a fifteen-year-old would want to read. It’s also a bit mroe focused on long-distance biking as recreation than short urban rides, but whatever.

2 thoughts on “book review: cyclist bikelist

  1. For the record, Ramon Perez signed my Machine of Death book (no sketch). And speaking of which, fair warning, I’m going to have to get you to sign my copy too because it would be egregiously incomplete without it.

  2. I wish I’d had something like this when I was younger. I still fell in love with cycling, but … this might have eased the teething pains.

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