NW Cyclist: Book Reviews

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March 17, 2017

Reviews by Kris Parfitt

The Bicycle Effect — Cycling as Meditation

By Juan Carlos Kreimer, Findhorn Press

Author Juan Carlos Kreimer says he started riding a bike around the time he was born in 1944. Now in his early ’70s he continues to bike 20 – 30 miles a day. In his book The Bicycle Effect — Cycling as Meditation he shares how similar bicycling is to meditation. “Something as simple as cycling becomes an authentic re-encounter with nature on a more intimate basis,” says Kreimer. The book is structured to provide the reader with a foundation in meditation and how to do so while cycling.

Cycling Sojourner — A Guide to the Best Multi-Day Tours in Washington

By Ellee Thalheimer, Into Action Publications

With the philosophy that a loaded bike is a true mechanism of freedom, Elle Thalheimer, plus four contributing authors, wrote Cycling Sojourner — A Guide to the Best Multi-Day Tours in Washington.

Abundant with detailed maps, cue sheets, camping, lodging and cycle tours for every season, this informative book offers specific information for nine multi-day rides throughout the state. From remote roads and routes, to finding wine tasting rooms best reached by bike, the soul of this book resonates with history and inspiration told through humor and engaged storytelling.

Pedal, Stretch, Breathe — The Yoga of Bicycling

By Kelli Refer, Microcosm Publishing

Cyclists everywhere will benefit from the curiosity of a hill-climbing cyclist and yoga instructor from Seattle. The result of Kelli Refer’s curiosity on how to stretch for cycling strength is contained in this engaging and educational book.

“Yoga and bicycling greatly influence each other on both a physical and mental level,” says Refer. “Both are great tools for connecting people to their bodies and the present.”

Lightweight and easily stored in a bike bag, the book guides the reader through pre- and post-ride stretches, and provides a guide to muscle groups, restorative poses and bicycle chakras. Hand-drawn illustrations by the author and charming wit and humor make this a must-read for anyone interested in yoga, cycling or both.

This Road I Ride

By Juliana Buhring, W.W. Norton and Company

In 2012, Juliana Buhring set the first Guinness World Record when she became the fastest woman to circumnavigate the globe by bike. Riding over 18,000 miles in 152 days, Buhring, who grew up in California and currently lives in Italy, is considered to be one of the strongest female ultra-endurance cyclists in the world by the global cycling community.

A childhood steeped in the Children of God cult and the devastating death of her life-partner sent her deep into depression. In the pit of despair and new to the sport of cycling, Buhring decided to bike around the world. This Road I Ride is the story of Buhring’s life, tenacity and strength. Boosted by support from friends and strangers while on her ride, Buhring rediscovered herself and the world.

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