Randonneurmas Day Five: Vintage Bicycling Books

Even the most avid randonneurs can’t spend all day every day on the bike. Hard to believe, I know! There has to be some off-the-bike time, too.

Why not give your randonneur some bike-centric reading for those sans-pedaling times? For Day Five of the 12 Days of Randonneurmas, we suggest some unexpected treasure that will be sure to delight and inform.

 

Old Bike Book = Randonneur Treasure

Old Bike Book = Randonneur Treasure

Many cyclists take great pleasure in examining the bicycles and bicycling-culture of days long past. It can provide an understanding of bicycling’s history and a basis for comparison. We may find things that haven’t changed much over time — and some that have — like tube socks!

 

Tube socks-- a cycling staple of the 80s.

Tube socks– a cycling staple of the 80s.

This gift is a good quest to pursue throughout the year. Otherwise, it’s like shopping for the perfect outfit the day before the big event. You will be hard-pressed to find it.

 

Some things don't change much.

80s touring bags. Some things don’t change much.

However, if you keep your eyes open while you are out and about on other errands (or bike rides), you are sure to find a used book that will give your randonneur plenty of rich reading material. I suggest well-stocked used bookstores, Goodwill, garage sales, and anywhere else you can imagine a used bicycling book might be discovered.

We found these in the lending library at our apartment complex. All free!

 

Rain cape rider (looking surprisingly unclad). Sorry, no splats.

Rain cape rider (looking surprisingly unclad). Sorry, no splats.

Your randonneur is sure to like such a thoughtful present, and you will be the one to have relished the thrill of the hunt.

Tomorrow: Mystery!

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