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In 2001, Russell McGilton flew to Bombay, pointed his bike towards China and started pedalling.
He was diagnosed with malaria just two weeks into the trip. That was followed by a host of other ‘adventures’:
I would be chased by packs of rabid dogs in the dark of night over a mountain pass in Rajasthan, be incapacitated again from reoccurring malarial fevers, every day have inches shaved off my life from overloaded trucks with holy images of an afterlife, be charged by rhinos in a Nepali national park, have a stack with a yak, dodge atomic test sites, split with the girlfriend and have the untimely luck of getting caught in Pakistan during September 11th.
Just your routine bicycle tour then…
We chuckled our way through Bombay To Beijing By Bicycle and would definitely recommend it to other armchair bike tourists.
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PS: If you’re based in Australia, then keep your eyes out for Russell’s one man show about his bicycle adventures. It’s on the program of the upcoming Adelaide Fringe and Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
23rd October 2012 at 9:49 am #
Reading Pedals, Panniers and Punctures by Julia Merrifield, an evocative tale of her ‘Lejog’ (Lands end-John O’groats. UK. Brings a lot of things to life, the bad as well as the good, almost close to my style of cycling.
23rd October 2012 at 9:54 am #
I loved reading ‘The Road That Has No End: How we traded our ordinary lives for a global bicycle touring adventure.’
My friend and I cycled the length of NZ at the start of the year and vowed we’d take time to cycle the world in a couple of years time.. This book provided loads of ideas, tips and inspiration for our next big cycle journey!! (We’ve even started mapping the route already! 😉
23rd October 2012 at 9:55 am #
Miles from Nowhere: A Round the World Bicycle Adventure by Babara Savage.
A very inspiring read about a young couple riding round the world, experiencing life on the road. A great, addictive book that allowed me to see the world through their eyes and writing. this book was also one of the first book that drew me to cycle touring and living beyond our comfort zone.
23rd October 2012 at 9:57 am #
‘Spinning the Globe’, the story about the legendary Louise Sutherland. Serious inspiration to get the rest of us girls out there exploring the world on two wheels
23rd October 2012 at 10:11 am #
I’m ultra cycling / randoneuring. If you’re interested read the book Distance Cycling from John Hughes or The Long Distance Cyclists Handbook from Simon Doughty
23rd October 2012 at 10:21 am #
The most informative book I have read on travelling by bicycle is definitely, without any doubt… Bike Touring Survival Guide 🙂 Oh and it is the only cycling book I have read 🙂
24th October 2012 at 7:08 pm #
thank you-you have a great sense of humor
23rd October 2012 at 10:27 am #
‘Cycling Home from Serbia’ Rob Lilwall, makes you realize how you can pretty much get through any conditions on a bike and some determination. Got me inspired before my road the world ride!
23rd October 2012 at 10:29 am #
I am amazed how people say ok I am off to do a bike
Adventure , the best book I’ve read is cycling home
From Siberia .
23rd October 2012 at 10:49 am #
It’s not as exotic as some of the others mentioned above, but I still think Tim Moore’s “French Revolutions” is one of the most entertaining travelogues about a bike ride ever published. I’m re-reading it at the minute, and I still laugh out loud every few pages.
23rd October 2012 at 10:52 am #
Be Brave, Be Strong: A Journey Across the Great Divide by Jill Homer
Fantastic page-turner, epic and emotional – this is a book which can be read and enjoyed by everyone. Whether your interest lies in cycling, travelling, adventure or simply a damned good read, then this is a book you should not miss!
23rd October 2012 at 10:53 am #
I have read a few bike touring books, yet the first one, the one that caught my interest in touring, was Alastair Humphreys “Moods of future joy: around the world by bike”. Read both books and am now planning my own long cycle trip…!
23rd October 2012 at 10:56 am #
Mike Carter’s “One Man and His Bike” was a really inspiring read. I’ve yet to do a real tour but I plan to go to Serbia next year.
23rd October 2012 at 10:59 am #
Sounds like an incredible trip and as a highly experienced armchair traveller I’d liek to recommend the following bookd to while away the (northern) winter:
1) “Why don’t you fly?” Backdoor to Beijing – by Bicycle (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Why-Dont-Back-Door-Beijing/dp/190520325X)
2) “Cycling home from Siberia” (Cycling in winter in Siberia at -40C and not much time left on the visa…) (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cycling-Home-Siberia-Rob-Lilwall/dp/0340979860)
and finally for the Dutch readers (a translation is needed – a great book):
3) “Van vuur naar ijs” (From fire to ice – a story of a Dutch girl that cycled from the southern tip of South America to Alaska.) – (http://www.uitgeverijholland.nl/algemeen/publicationsDetail.asp?id=393)
23rd October 2012 at 11:05 am #
I enjoy reading this book América en bicicleta del Plata a la Habana de Andrés Ruggeri,but I think the book is only in spanish,I was lucky to met Andres in Argentina he is amazing person and with a lot experience touring in South America
23rd October 2012 at 11:36 am #
I have just finished ‘Mud Sweat and Gears: Cycling from Lands End to John O Groats (via the Pub)’ At least, entertaining but also very informative, funny and just well written!
23rd October 2012 at 11:52 am #
I just finished reading Tour D’Afrique’s 10 yean anniversary book and it’s one of the most inspiring pieces of literature dealing with with touring I’ve read. I highly recommend it. I would love to read your book, too!
23rd October 2012 at 11:57 am #
just finished dervla murphy’s ‘wheels within wheels’ and ‘full tilt’. Such an eloquent and inspiring writer and traveller! highly recommended 🙂
23rd October 2012 at 11:57 am #
and i thought you were more than just another cycling bum!
In January 1963 during on of the worst winter on record, Dervla Murphy a 31 year old Irish woman set out from Dunkirk through frozen Europe to cycle to india . The tale is told in FULL TILT (Ireland to India on a Bicycle).
23rd October 2012 at 12:02 pm #
It’s not a book, but I would recommend to everyone to watch the EatSleepSurf DVD doco made by two Aussie guys who cycled from Banda Aceh to Bali in Indonesia over 3 months. They took their bodyboards on trailers and filmed the whole amazing journey! Check it out at their website http://www.eatsleepsurf.com.au
23rd October 2012 at 12:07 pm #
I have loved reading cyclo-travel and general travel books over the last few years including the great “moods of future joys” and “when I walked our one mid summers morning” but the most well written, inspiring, factual and down write funny book so far is “The Hungry Cyclist” by Tom Kevill Davies. It really does teach us that its about the journey and not the destination. I’ve just started building my bike for a tour of Asia next year, I hope to have as much fun.
23rd October 2012 at 12:38 pm #
I just finished reading ‘the man who cycled the world’ by Mark Beaumont and like a cheesy song, I can’t get it out of my head. Except it’s not a cheesy song, it’s a truelly inspiring story of a young man who achieved what for most people would be impossible! Absolutely heroic effort!
23rd October 2012 at 12:46 pm #
Not really a story though in my opinion. Whilst I found it a fairly interesting read it was very factual and didn’t really engage me very much- but then I guess if you’re looking for an ultra challenge then this book would perhaps be more appealing….just not as a story.
23rd October 2012 at 12:56 pm #
Loved many books, but specially Josie Dew’s. I love that she laughs about herself so much. The wind in my wheels is my fav. Great contest!
23rd October 2012 at 1:26 pm #
My favourite is Anne Mustoe: “A Bike Ride: 12,000 Miles Around the World”.
Someone who is the furthest away from the perception of a cycle touring adventurer: an unfit and overweight girls school headmistress who, at 54, hadn’t cycled a bike for more than 30 years.
She said she was on a bus in Rajasthan, saw a European guy on a bicycle and thought, “I want to do that” then spent two years wrapping up her affairs before heading out on an 18 month adventure around the world, following the trails of historic travellers (Roman, Alexander The Great, The Silk Road, Pioneers crossing the American Plains, etc).
Her books are a joy to read, full of flowing descriptions that entrance, brimming with history and enthusiasm for the journey.
It’s no wonder then that she spent the following 18 years on further bicycle adventures!
23rd October 2012 at 2:56 pm #
I would have to nominate Cycling Back to Happiness by Bernie Friend. Not only does it cover a major part of the North Sea Cycle Route, but it documents Bernie’s issues in giving up his medication and dealing with his paranoia . A funny and poignant book, that has the best mantra I think I’ve ever heard…’Don’t let your biggest fears stand in the way of your dreams, even if your biggest dreams happen to be your biggest fears.’
23rd October 2012 at 3:12 pm #
Travels With Rosinante by Bernard Magnouloux was the first bike touring book I read and is still my favourite. If you can find it, it is well worth the read. It is about a Frenchman who loaded up his three speed commuter with his belongings and his masonry tools and set off to tour around the world in 1980. Instead of the straight-forward circumference though, he travelled up and down each continent and is one of the few people I know who has made it through the Darien Gap.
It is hard to find, but worth seeking out. I did find this review if you want to know more, http://pedalspinner.blogspot.ca/2009/02/travels-with-rosinante-bernard.html
25th October 2012 at 7:42 pm #
I was going to nominate Travels with Rosinante too. I found it in a second hand shop and only bought it because, by coincidence, that’s the name of my bike too! It did make me feel over indulgent for have 27 gears!
23rd October 2012 at 4:13 pm #
Cold Beer & Crocodiles, by Rolf Smith.. One of my favorite bicycle books of all time. But The Great Bicycle Adventure by Nicholas Crane is my number one.
23rd October 2012 at 5:01 pm #
It’s been quite a while since I read it, but “Destination Lapland: A Journey to the Far North” by Mark Wallington is by far the most fun bicycle touring book. It’s not the most informative by a long shot, but it’s a lot of fun. It’s basically the story of a guy who, almost on a whim, decides to ride a barely functional bicycle, with no real touring equipment, from St. Albans to Lapland.
23rd October 2012 at 6:52 pm #
Wow, great list of books above! Thanks, all.
I’m currently in the middle of “The Winky-Eyed Jesus and Other Undescribables: An elite, feral recumbent cycle-tourist wages human-powered jihad against the forces of gravity and the awesome span of the North American Continent.” Subtitle aside, it’s better written than some of the other cycling tourists I’ve read.
23rd October 2012 at 7:09 pm #
This sounds interesting. I still have yet to visit that part of the world on bike or otherwise. The cover photo is what got me. I can always relate to a naked man on a bike.
23rd October 2012 at 7:37 pm #
Where the Pavement Ends
by Erika Warmbrunn
I read this a while ago. She travels in Mongolia and chose to do it there as there were no guidebooks on Mongolia at that time.
23rd October 2012 at 8:20 pm #
I’ve not read any cycling adventure books but lots of blogs! Osa & Martin Johnson’s books are my favorite adventure books. Four Years In Paradise takes the cake.
23rd October 2012 at 8:53 pm #
Off The Rails was the book that inspired me to start bicycle touring.
23rd October 2012 at 8:54 pm #
I read Cyling Home From Siberia. The more I read, the more I think maybe someday…..
23rd October 2012 at 10:27 pm #
One of my favorite bike touring books so far has been Tim & Cindie Travis’ “The Road that Has No End.” I have another of theirs, looking forward to continuing the story.
23rd October 2012 at 10:57 pm #
Kevin Hayes, “An American Cycling Odyssey, 1887” is a really interesting look at an early journey across the states.
23rd October 2012 at 11:34 pm #
I liked “Where the Pavement End” by Erika Warmbrunn. She is an inspiration for women who are not afraid to travel alone. Good for her.
23rd October 2012 at 11:50 pm #
Sounds like fascinating reading, and make a great addition to my travel book collection, nestled between “The World’s Most Dangerous Places” by R.Y.Pelton, and “Worst Journeys: The Picador Book of Travel” by K.Fraser.
24th October 2012 at 12:02 am #
I know it’s not very exciting but I loved Mark Beaumont’s books and series
24th October 2012 at 12:03 am #
Such a amazing adventure, i really want to read it
24th October 2012 at 12:25 am #
I’m starting to read “Cycling Home From Siberia” by Rob Lilwell. 30,000 miles, 3 years and 1 bike!! It’s gonna be awwesome!!!
I have read Full Tilt by Dervla Murphy, Willie Weir, “Spokesongs” and “The Wind In Your Wheels” by Josie Dew. A total cycling nutcase! Funny and entertaining. A good read!
24th October 2012 at 12:25 am #
The Man Who Cycled The World (Mark Beaumont) book was really interesting – amazing stories through tough conditions, physical and political troubles – and that he did it solo – very inspirational.
24th October 2012 at 1:05 am #
I thoroughly enjoyed “Blonde on a bike” by Bridget Ringdahl – being in South Africa, it was nice to read the exploits of a fellow country person, and has lit a fire for touring…
24th October 2012 at 1:55 am #
The Bicycle and the Bush, by Jim Fitzpatrick, is pure awe and inspiration. It is a book about the history of the bike in outback Australia, including the first crossing of the continent in 1893. Stories and historical photos bring to light the true determination and grit needed to cope with thorns, wild cattle encounters, women riding in bustled dresses and plenty of sand and heat!
It certainly makes our family 7 month cycle tour through Europe last year look a literal ride in the park!!
24th October 2012 at 2:24 am #
I think it was Anne Mustoe’s “A Bike Ride: 12,000 Miles Around the World” that assured me extended journeys were still possible for those of us over 55 and not in the super athlete category. It helped free me to plan our extended journey in 2009.
I also read Josie Dew’s “A Ride in the Neon Sun” and “The Sun in my Eyes.” Both are about her solo travels in Japan, and are told with a classic British sense of humour that I really enjoy. (Sadly, our planned trip to Japan this spring got cancelled when I broke my collar bone. Bloody dangerous things, these bicycles!)
24th October 2012 at 3:42 am #
I’ve been reading the accounts of Allistar Humphery’s bike around the world. Finished: Moods of Future Joys. Part 1: Riding into Africa and onto his second book. I am at least feeling a touch more comfortable about a ride through Africa.
24th October 2012 at 3:59 am #
I am reading the Impossible Ride at the moment. In 1978, despite still knowing relatively little about bicycle mechanics, even how to fix a puncture, Louise Sutherland a NZ lady set out alone on a 4,400 km ride through the Amazon jungle. The self-planned trip was far rougher than any Tour de France, and something one Brazilian official publicly considered “Quite impossible!” especially considering that much of the Trans-Amazon Highway had only recently been completed. She was the first person to cycle the route and wrote a book about her trip. In her lifetime Louise Sutherland cycled over 60,000 kilometres through 54 countries.
24th October 2012 at 5:31 am #
Finding Compassion in China by Cindie Cohagen is a bicycle traveling book I would recommend. I have also read all of Willie Weir’s books along with most all the rest of them on the market. I love reading the adventures that everyone experiences and writes about.
24th October 2012 at 5:47 am #
All I have to add is my personal bicycle ride from Tuscon Airzonia to Phoniex Airzonia in 1980. It was 110 degrees all day long, the heat glared back up from the payment and looked liked water. I peddled in high gear the whole way. A man at a hotel gave me a used room to sleep in for the night. Then I was in for the ride of my life …after Phoniex the road climbed very steeply, I had to stand up most of the way and this would not quit… This was an adventure for me. Have fun and ride on…Pyton Airzonia…try it and get back to me with fulley loaded bicycles and packs…what fun.
24th October 2012 at 6:15 am #
Anne Mustoe has been such a constant encouragement for me and I have read and reread “A Bike Ride” a couple of times. She left England when she was just 2 years older than I am and I have chosen to retire from nursing in a busy ER in 2 years to head out slowly and see the world. Thank you so much for your website!
24th October 2012 at 7:08 am #
I’m planning my own bike tour and reading as much as possible. Well when I’m not riding that is.
24th October 2012 at 7:30 am #
Lynette Chiang, the “Gal From Downunder”, wrote a book about her travels on her Bike Friday in Cuba, “The Handsomest Man in Cuba”. Actually, that man doesn’t figure too much in the book, which is mostly about her cycling and the people she meets.
24th October 2012 at 7:37 am #
“Into Thick Air” by Jim Malusa spins tales of his trips to the lowest point on each continent. An enjoyable read with plenty of humerous lessons learned.
24th October 2012 at 7:54 am #
My first bicycle adventure book, after myself cycling around California and the Kettle Valley Railway in British Columbia, was Dervla Murphy’s Full Tilt, about her journey from Ireland to Pakistan (starting in November!) on her faithful steed Roz. She is the most intelligent and inspiring woman I have ever read and that book led me to read all her others, which are many. She combines her trip notes with background history and politics so you get an overview of the locale she is cycling through, and my most favourite bit is, when she reaches a town her most pressing need is not for a bed or meal, but for a beer. A true woman! And one after my own heart.
24th October 2012 at 7:55 am #
Honestly speaking I haven’t read any books about bike touring, but i do enjoy the e-copy by travelling two of Bike Touring Basic. It really inspire me to have my own bike touring experience, looking forward for the arrival of that day!
24th October 2012 at 8:24 am #
As a veteran of 5 cycle trips across Australia in different directions I can recommend Riaan Manser’s story about riding around Africa – which is where I come from
24th October 2012 at 8:26 am #
and the link http://www.amazon.com/Around-Africa-My-Bicycle-ebook/dp/B008HRM8D0/ref=sr_1_1_title_1_kin?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1351059602&sr=1-1&keywords=around+africa+on+my+bicycle
24th October 2012 at 8:26 am #
Unfortunately, as far as I know, this is still only in Swedish. A book by Marcus Haraldsson, journalist, photographer, author, travel guide, media producer.
His book is called “En linje över Kina” (A line across China) and is about two bike trips across China, ten years apart, the people who he met, and the changes that occurred in the intervening ten years.
A fantastic book, about both cycling and China.
Some info in English, photos from the trips, plus an excerpt in English, can be found here:
24th October 2012 at 8:39 am #
‘You’ve gone too far this time, Sir!’ by Danny Bent is super funny and inspiring. Real example how to enjoy the life and traveling.
24th October 2012 at 9:45 am #
I loved reading Mr.Pumpy’s Guide to cycling around Asia. Very informative and lots of humour.
24th October 2012 at 9:49 am #
Back door to Beijing a well written bicycle travel book by ChriS Smith who rode from Bewdley, England to Beijing.
Also, anything by Jill Homer – another good writer.
The Winky Eyed Jesus and other indescribables by Scott Wayland. A recumbent journey across America.
24th October 2012 at 9:57 am #
Chris Smith’s ‘Why Don’t You Fly? Back Door to Beijing is near the best of the bunch, to my mind. Rich in detail, well written, albeit slightly whiny in places. Along with Barbara Savage’s ‘Miles from Nowhere’ and Dervla Murphy’s tales of epic journeys, i think it may become a classic of the genre.
24th October 2012 at 11:54 am #
Anne Mustoe’s ‘A Bike Ride’ is a wonderful story of someone stepping out of their everyday life to do something extraordinary – beuatifully written too.
24th October 2012 at 1:24 pm #
If a person is going to do a physical activity, then I can think of no finer one than a cycling adventure across nation/s.
I highly recommend ‘Off The Rails’ by Time Cope & Chris Hatherley, about the story of their bike ride from Moscow to Beijing. I haven’t enjoyed a book quite so much as ‘Off The Rails’ for a long time; although I am looking forward to reading ‘Bombay To Beijing By Bicycle’.
24th October 2012 at 1:34 pm #
Barbara Savage, Miles from nowhere: the classic story on bicycle travel in times where they had to do without modern resources, hoping letters would be waiting for them in a post office. But on the other hand, even 27 years later fellow cyclists recognize so much in her story.
24th October 2012 at 2:03 pm #
Back Door to Bejing – I have read many touring adventure novels and I always return to this evocative tale by Christopher Smith. Redundancy opened the door for Chris and he took it. A layman on a grand journey and so evocativiley written with charm and wit that he drags me back to relive his journey over and over again.
24th October 2012 at 4:01 pm #
Gwen Maka’s Riding With Ghosts is about visiting Native American reservtions and lands on a bicycle from Seattle (?) to Costa Rica:
In the spirit of Anne Mustoe, Gwen is a slightly older single woman tackling the usual bicyle touring difficulties on a very small budget, a great inspiration.
By the way, Can of Worms are the folks who publish Alistair Humphreys books which people seem to like.
Full disclosure: my photo’s on the cover of the latest edition of the book. I only heard about the book when the pubisher contacted me for permission to use the photo. Later she sent me a copy, and I quite enjoyed it. I have ridden in many Native American lands myself.
24th October 2012 at 5:10 pm #
Dervla Murphy is best known for her 1965 book Full Tilt: Ireland to India With a Bicycle, about an overland cycling trip through Europe, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.
24th October 2012 at 6:14 pm #
“Pedaling to Hawaii: A Human Powered Odyssey” By Stevie Smith is simply fantastic! Talk about empowering and tales of adventure. My girlfriend was gifted this book by a stranger one day at her work. I got the chance to read it when we cycled down the Pacific Coast last summer, and when I finished it I left it with another touring cyclist. We hope it will continue to travel from one cyclist to the next, inspiring all!
24th October 2012 at 7:12 pm #
I’m almost as obsessed with reading cycling books as I am with cycling! An inspiring woman who has not yet been mentioned is Pam Goodall, an English woman who cycled alone round the world just before she turned sixty. Her book ‘Riding it Out’ is an excellent read.
24th October 2012 at 7:44 pm #
Its not about the bike – lane Armstrong – fiction
24th October 2012 at 8:00 pm #
I would like to receive this book to get more inspiration for my future bike tours. 🙂
24th October 2012 at 8:11 pm #
Darrin Alff’s “Bike Touring Blueprint” sometimes numerous but very informative on how to start. I’ve not had many long cycling trips but when I after my coma and starting rehabilitate definately helped me become more determined that I could do better. Now I’m back to riding and left wheelchair and cane behind. My hopes are still high that someday…..
24th October 2012 at 8:15 pm #
My favourite cycle touring book is by Josie Dew ” The wind in my wheels” travel tales from the saddle.
Informative, illuminating and very amusing
24th October 2012 at 8:30 pm #
I have read many of the books on this list and for seat-of-the-pants inspirational enthusiasm, Al Humphreys two world tour books (Moods of Future Joys & Thunder and Sunshine) can’t be bettered.
24th October 2012 at 8:50 pm #
I’m from Colombia, and follow you about one year, i’d like all your material and your experience, I like to read all about your travels.
24th October 2012 at 9:25 pm #
On my recent bike tour of Ireland I had the pleasure of staying with Warm Showers host Astrid Domingo Molyneux who has recently returned from a two year cycle around the world. She has written a book about her trip which I enjoyed very much. It’s called Cycling Full Circle — a lone woman’s 2-year pilgrimage round the world.
24th October 2012 at 9:57 pm #
three men on the bummel by Jerome K Jerome
One of the funniest author (to my knowledge)
25th October 2012 at 12:59 am #
I’ve Read that book when I was travelling through out Canada on my bike.
À vélo jusqu’au Ciel by Pierre-Yves Tremblay
25th October 2012 at 1:19 am #
I always enjoyed Esprit de Battuta. A brave woman by bike across Africa.
25th October 2012 at 2:32 pm #
I’ve read the book ‘the new bike'(de nieuwe fiets) about a man buying a italian handmade bike and riding it home to the Netherlands.
I also read ‘to Timboektoe’about a woman in Africa on her bike.
And last but not least, damesleed en zadelpijn, hilarious for woman (‘womanstroubles and saddlepain) about a group of friends in there 40ties going on a bikeholiday in France (also on film)
Loved all books, I am a fan of traveling books.
25th October 2012 at 3:58 pm #
I’ve been following Alvaro Neil’s bike trip around the world since 2004. One of his books put a deep cycling mark in my soul: “Africa con un par”, in Spanish (unfortunately for those who don’t read this language). The introduction to the book on his website says:
“Africa with a pair of noses ─one is a clown nose─, of wheels, of pans, of pants, of scarves, of bike frames, of passports, of chains, of legs, of shoes, of smiles… Álvaro Neil, biciclown, has cycled this continent alone in 987 days, 37695 km, 30 countries and 40 clown shows, more than 10000 attending.”
Alvaro “had 4 malarias, saw the death in the eyes of a serpent, felt the cold of a gun”… He “cycled through the deserts of Sudan, Kenya, Mali y Niger, the snowy summits of Lesotho or the forest in Congo.” He performed his clown show “in jails, hospitals or before members of tribes. All these experiences and many others are told in http://www.biciclown.com“.
“M.O.S.A.W., Miles of Smiles Around the World (2004-2014) is a proposal to cycle the world, tickling the Planet thanks to his clown show in favour of the most needy, the ones whose lives have smiled less at them.”
25th October 2012 at 5:07 pm #
I really enjoy reading the bicycling adventures of Joe Jurmaskie, The Metal Cowboy. I have read all of his books and especially like the ones where he is bicycle touring with his children.
25th October 2012 at 8:45 pm #
I like to read bicycle adventures of other bikers. It helps me preparing and inspires me to come in the mood for traveling by bike.
I love “The sun in my eyes” (De zon in mijn ogen, Dutch translation) from Josie Dew. That’s because of the special sense of humor.
As Dutch, i also like to read original Dutch books, for example “Zeven nomadische jaren”van Pascal Kolkhuis Tanke.
25th October 2012 at 11:01 pm #
I really enjoyed the book Cycling Back to Happiness by Bernie Friend.
He tells a tale of dealing with his anxieties and the demon depression.
He leaves his fiancee Katie and travels by bike along the North Sea Cycle Route drinking beer and meeting strange folk along the way.
It was brave, funny and scary and at the same time inspirational.
28th October 2012 at 1:05 pm #
Ditto Rachel !
26th October 2012 at 2:09 pm #
I’m planning a cycle trip, inspired by Anne Mustoe (already mentioned) and a blogger, Anne Wilson, who turned 60yrs on her epic journey around the world –
I also love Dervla Murphy, Josie Dew etc etc
26th October 2012 at 4:03 pm #
I read Anne Mustoe’s ‘A bike ride’ when I was 47. Although I hadn’t done any long distance touring, it inspired me to get on my bike. I left Shanghai 2 years later and cycled to Bali over 5 months to celebrate my 50th birthday. A truly inspirational lady.
26th October 2012 at 8:38 pm #
I ve read all the books , just need to actually do a bike trip!
26th October 2012 at 9:04 pm #
I’ve read the books and feel no need to ride across China/Africa/Australia/any other continent. Let somebody else have the pain/aggro/extreme weather/etc.
I only do little trips in England and Wales and feel fulfilled enough :0)
28th October 2012 at 1:03 pm #
I have read a stack of cycle touring books but one that sticks in my mind is “Cycling Back To Happiness” by Bernie Friend. This is an easy read and funny to boot. A complete novice cyclist, Bernie took on The North Sea Cycle Route, which is approximately 6000 kilometres, tackling some of his own fears along the way and conquering life long anxiety issues. To most on here, probably not the most epic of bike rides but there are times when there is more to a ride/tour than just the ride/tour.
29th October 2012 at 7:49 pm #
Alastair Humphreys books about cycling around the world is so inspirational.
Have red Moods of the Future Joys wich is 1st part of round the world by bike book from Humphreys. Absolutely loved it.
Thunder and sunshine is the second book of Hmphreys trip around the world and it’s epic.
Would be happy to read Russell McGilton adventure and get extra motivation on my upcoming round the world trip by bycicle.
29th October 2012 at 8:34 pm #
Excelente, quiza todos los que hemos hecho alguna travesia de este tipo, hemos sido acompañados por agentes externos, enfermedades o quiza algun animal que ha osado a retarnos, ej. perros, coyotes. Live with cleats under the shoes.
29th October 2012 at 10:30 pm #
This is terrible, I’ve never read a bicycle touring book. I’ll have to look up the recommendations from the people who posted above me. But my favorite adventurer book so far is on about the first circumnavigation of the world by Magellan, “Over The Edge Of The World”.
30th October 2012 at 12:21 am #
Absolutely anything and everything written by dermal Murphy. Crazy and brilliant, but when you realize when she did the iconic ” full tilt” , it puts modern travel into a bit more perspective. She paved the road for a lot of us to follow.
30th October 2012 at 3:13 am #
First book for me Miles from nowhere: Barbara Savage. It inspired me to travel outside my city limits on my bike. Still have my copy from 1983. I’ve read so many others but what comes to mind are authours Dervla Murphy and Joise Dew.
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One of my favourite books of all time is “Rowerem i pieszo przez Czarny Ląd” (“By bicycle and on foot across the Dark Continent”) by Kazimierz Nowak, a Polish traveller who cycled alone across Afrika in 1902-6 (sic!) – from the north to the south and back again. Not only is the book a gripping description of his unbelievable journey, but also it’s a mine of knowledge about what Africa looked like 100 years ago – about its people and their life, about the landscapes and diversity. Kazimierz Nowak was an outstanding observer, writer and photographer, and most of all, a humble, modest man of great courage and passion.
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Amazing variety and adventures in so many books! I gave my collection to the Sunshine Coast Cycle Touring Club – many of them mentioned in this list. But I do believe the best book of all is the one you are writing on the tour you are riding. All those we meet along the way: the friendly interest, the courtesy, the critical Q & A: where are you from? where are you going? how long have you been on the road? where do you camp? what do you eat? And some couldn’t resist asking, “And what does your husband think about this?” And my usual reply, “The same as you.”We do try to be so inconspicuous, and yet what is more conspicuous than someone riding on a bicycle out in the middle of wherever?
As we say in Australia: Onya!
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