How fast the holiday season flies by! We’re already at the half-way point of the 12 Days of Randonneurmas.
Today we encourage you to get your favorite randonneur (is that yourself?) some excellent off-the-bike reading to keep the fires stoked through the winter. First off we suggest The Lost Cyclist, by David V. Herlihy. He recounts the life of Pittsburgh cyclist Frank Lenz, who disappered in Turkey in 1894 during a solo around-the-world bicycle trip.
This book is as much about the cycling world of the time as it is Lenz. Herlihy conveys the inspiration bicycling instilled in young men looking for adventure and fame in the years before cars took over the roads. His book straddles the line between sports adventure and historical account, taking us back to the the era that spawned randonneuring itself.
For a more lighthearted look at cycling today, who else comes to mind but Bike Snob? The Snob’s book came out this year and is more than just a recounting of blog posts. Rather, he gently explains (and skewers) cycling from its roots to present day, with helpful advice and encouragement. He even has a section for non-cyclists with the admonition, “Don’t Ask Us if We’re Going to Ride in the Tour De France.”
Your cyclist will thank you for the enjoyment and knowledge these fine books offer, and will return to the pedals with a fresh new perspective on our quirky sport.