Can you pedal your way through everything life throws at you?
Taking on the bicycle as a means of making sense of life and death, contributors write about their experiences on a bicycle, enjoying the little things about everyday life, dealing with the most difficult, and overcoming loss, trauma, and fear. Contributions range from the lyrical to the profane, the deeply personal to the keenly analytical. Includes essays, art, and a short story.
Elly Blue is an author and activist who lives in Portland, OR and writes about bicycle transportation. She is the author of Everyday Bicycling: Ride a Bike for Transportation (Whatever Your Lifestyle) and Bikenomics: How Bicycling Can Save the Economy.
Anika Ledlow studied sociology at Reed College.
Contributors to this volume include Anna Brones, Joe Biel, Gretchin Lair, Karen Canady, Connie Oehring, Julie Brooks, Lauren Hage, Sara Tretter, Lindsay Kandra, Jamie Passaro, Erin Fox, Amy Subach, Katherine Hodges, and Barb Grover. Cover art is by Kenton Hoppas.
Table of Contents
Introduction 7 Making Peace with the Wind 9 Barb Grover Yes, Women Ride 13 Anna Brones Pedaling Uphill 21 Elly Blue Magazine 29 Sara Tretter My Body, My City 35 Katherine Hodges Bicycle Epiphanies 41 Karen Canady Stroke 45 Joe Biel Five Spokes of Grief 49 Julie Brooks Ariel 55 Gretchin Lair The Other Deepest Thing 57 Erin Fox Riding the White Line 65 Connie Oehring A Different Road: An Interview with Delicia Jernigan 79 Anika Ledlow Fiction: The Crash 87 Lauren Hage The Xtracycle Diaries 101 Jamie Passaro Why We Ride 111 Amy Subach Reviews: Women & Cycling Zines 117 Julie Brooks Parting Shot: Definition 127 Lindsay Kandra