Racing. It’s not just a hobby, for many it’s a way of life. It dictates one’s sleep schedule, diet, and just about every other facet of life, at the same time directly influencing them in both positive and negative ways. Author Laura Winberry has found catharsis from the stresses of racing in the form of poetry.
Over the years, Laura took her experiences and turned them into beautiful stanzas, verses and rhythms, which in a lot of ways expose the rigors of racing, while subverting the physical activity into something poetic, beautiful and powerful. Because racing is life, Laura’s own struggles and victories have seeped into these wells of lyrical prose, resulting in an entertaining, yet intimate look at what it means to give it your all on the bike.
You can pre-order this magnificent collection of poems right now at Indolent Books and if you’re curious to read more of Laura’s writings, don’t miss her Reportage from this year’s ‘Cross Nats in Reno!
To commemorate its 150th anniversary, Brooks England has composed a well-designed book, featuring art and photography from many talented individuals:
“Published by Thames & Hudson, this book is a collection of fascinating views on the bicycle and its cultural influence, featuring contributions from Guy Andrews, Ron Arad, Bella Bathurst, Matt Brammeier, Will Butler-Adams, Antony Cairns, Taz Darling, Geoff Dyer, Timothy Everest, Joe W. Hall, Caren Hartley, Frank Herholdt, Guy Kesteven, Joe MacLaren, George Marshall, David Millar, Simon Mottram, Martin Parr, Laura Quick, Amy Sherlock, Sir Paul Smith, Tom Southam, Mark Sutton, Bernard Thompson, Jack Thurston, Richard Wentworth, and Ben Wilson.”
See more at Brooks England!
For the past two years, Yonder Journal has traveled the globe to investigate and report on bikepacking / ultra-lightweight bicycle touring. They called this project Dead Reckoning. The team at Yonder Journal felt that a project of this magnitude demanded a life outside of the internet, something you could hold in your hands, something with weight, a physical source of inspiration and contemplation, a book of pictures so exquisitely crafted that even a quick glance, a mere flip of the pages, would incite a riot of adventurous inspiration.
Introducing the Dead Reckoning Year(s) Book. A compendium of two years worth of dirt napping, bike pushing, and adventure voguing.
Stats? This is thing is 9″x12″, perfect bound, and 160 pages. It features nearly 200 color photographs and is printed in the USA.
The Year(s) Book is on pre-order sale through December 8th. Head over to their store for the full details.
The team at Bicycle Quarterly are now carrying Hideki Sasaki’s latest addition to his “Derailleurs of the World” series. This edition features SunTour, one of the world’s most innovative component makers. Pick up a copy at their web shop.
As someone who is always looking for visual references or inspiration for cycling photography, when I think I’ve hit a creative block, picking up a photo book inspires me to not only pick the camera back up, but refresh my perspective on the world. In an age when digital media has taken over print, finds like this bring back the desire to make and create meaningful, timeless photography. Even if you’re not a photographer, a good photo book on cycling really makes you appreciate the sport, especially during the Tour de France! I can say without a doubt that the latest publication from Magnum has piqued my interest.
Look, I’m not selling you on this book, I’m only saying the next time you’re in the mood to buy a hardcover photo book, do not miss Magnum Cycling. Even if you just flip through the digital files at their site. But if you do wish to purchase it, your local book store can order these quite easily. Mine did!
We’ve featured Spencer Harding’s photos in the past here at the Radavist and while digital, or online photos are great to look out, printed books or zines make for great conversation pieces or coffee table reading. Spencer has taken some of his more memorable trips and made beautifully-printed, perfect bound photo books from them, all from $15 to $25 in limited runs. If you have a bit of wanderlust and enjoy looking at photos when you can’t be out on your bike, make sure you check these out. See all of his books at his webshop.
If you’re a fan of cyclocross photo books, check out Balint’s 2015 season photo annual, now live on Kickstarter.
Mash is celebrating its ten year anniversary with an incredible 9×12 inch, 350-page color book. Inside is a copy of the Mash 2015 video with an additional 1 hour of bonus features as well as a decal sheet.
They’re currently running a pre-order for this new MASH book and video and are expecting to ship in early November 2015. Head over to Mash to reserve your copy now.
I got to see the video at Interbike this year and it’s so damn good!
… doesn’t contain this photo – at least I don’t think it does – but it does offer an intimate and eery look at the streets of Portland. He’s got a Kickstarter going right now for Smell the [City of] Roses book. I always love a good photography book, especially from someone as talented as Damian. Even if you don’t want to contribute to the Kickstarter, have a look through his Flickr. I suppose you could flip through those like a book…
For those of you who hold an interest in the evolution of the bicycle over the ages, this book is for you. Bicycle Design: An Illustrated History is a publication by the MIT press that breaks down each of the innovations that have brought us to the modern machines we use everyday…
See more below!