“Riding a bike is the solution to most of life’s problems (Unfit? Ride a bike. Feeling blue? Ride a bike. Climate heading toward annihilation? Ride a bike). And because it’s a vehicle for delivering a better world, books about bikes cover everything from the practical to the existential. Here are some of the books that have inspired me to make the bicycle a bigger part of my life, and think more deeply about the worlds we inhabit and aspire to.”
Tom Babin is a lifelong Calgarian and a journalist, author and creator. He is the author of Frostbike: The Joy, Pain and Numbness of Winter Cycling and his writing has appeared in the Guardian, the Los Angeles Times and Swerve magazine. He is the creator behind the YouTube channel Shifter, which has nearly eight-million views and attracts more than 200,000 viewers a month.