Books, Maps and Route Guides

Here's a collection of reading & reference
material that many cyclists have recommended...

  • Travel Books, Journals & Guides
  • Bicycle Touring (Information)
  • Bicycle & Equipment Repair
  • General Interest
  • Camping

Travel Books & Guides (by Region)


Afghanistan >>

A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush

by... Eric Newby

Africa >>

Across African Sand
Journeys of a Witch-Doctor's Son-in-Law

by... Phil Deautschle

African Silences

by... Peter Matthiessen



Esprit De Battuta
Alone Across Africa on a Bicycle

by... Pamela Watson

Riding the desert trail
By Bicycle Up the Nile

by... Bettina Selby


South from the Limpopo
Travels Through South Africa

by... Dervla Murphy

The Masked Rider
Cycling in West Africa

by... Neil Peart


The Ukimwi Road
From Kenya to Zimbabwe

by... Dervla Murphy


Americas >>


A Bicycle Journey to the Bottom of the Americas- Being a True Account of a Bicycle
Adventure from Alaska to Tierra Del Fuego

by... George J. Hawkins

Nothing to Declare
Memoirs of a Woman Traveling Alone

by... Mary Morris


The Rucksack Man

by... Sebastian Snow

Take a Seat: One Man, One Tandem and Twenty Thousand Miles of Possibilities

by... Dominic Gill

Arctic >>


Above the Circle

by... Marty Basch


Asia >>


All the Right Places

by... Brad Newsham

From Heaven Lake
Travels Through Sinkiang and Tibet

by... Vikram Seth


Journey to the Centre of the Earth

by... Richard Crane

Lonely Planet Cycling Vietnam,
Laos & Cambodia

by... Nick Ray & Ian Duckworth


Off the Rails
10,000 Km in Fourteen Months
Russia, Siberia, Mongolia, China

by Chris Hatherly & Tim Cope

On The Trail of Marco Polo
Along the Silk Road By Bicycle

by... Brady Fotheringham


Where the Indus Is Young
Midwinter in Baltistan

by... Delva Murphy

Where the Pavement Ends
One Woman's Bicycle Trip Through
Mongolia, China & Vietnam

by... Erika Warmbrunn

Australia >>


Cold Beer & Crocodiles
A Bicycle Journey into Australia

by... Roff Smith

In a Sunburned Country

by... Bill Bryson


Lonely Planet Cycling Australia

by... Nicola Wells

One for the Road

by... Tony Horwitz


Canada >>


Partners in Grime

by... Neil Anderson


Eastern >>



Western >>


Cycling the Kettle Valley Railway

by... Dan & Sandra Langford


Touring the Gulf Islands
Bicycling in the San Juan,
Gulf, and Vancouver Island

by... Peter Powers & Renée Travis


China >>


Behind the Wall
A Journey Through China

by... Colin Thubron

Cycling to Xian

by... Michael Buckley

Europe >>


Cycle Europe: 20 Tours, 12 Countries

by... Jerry Soverinsky

Cycling Europe
Budget Biking Touring in the Old World

by... Nadine Slavinsky


Cycling the Netherlands,
Belgium, and Luxembourg

by... Katherine Widing, et al

Cycling the Rhine Route

by... John Powell


Europe by Bike
18 Tours Geared for Discovery

by... Karen Whitehill & Terry Whitehill

Off the Road
A Modern-Day Walk Down the
Pilgrim's Route into Spain

by... Jack Hitt


Stealing From a Deep Place

by... Brian Hall

The Amber Trail
A Journey of Discovery by Bicycle,
from the Baltic Sea to the Aegean

by... Natasha Scott-Stokes


The Great Bicycle Expedition
Freewheeling Through Europe With a Family,
a Potted Plant - And Bicycle Seatus

by... William C. Anderson

The Lead Goat Veered Off
A Bicycling Adventure on Sardinia

by... Neil Anderson


The Pilgrimage, The Strange Road to Santiago

by... David M. Gitlitz & Linda Kay Davidson


Finland >>


Riding With Reindeer

by... Robert M. Goldstein


France >>


Cycling Along the Waterways of France

by... Tony Roberts

French Revolutions
Cycling the Tour De France

by... Tim Moore


Lonely Planet Cycling France

by... Sally Dillon


Germany >>


Germany by Bike

by... Nadine Slavinski


Great Britain >>


Lonely Planet Cycling Britain

by... N. Crowther

Notes from a Small Island

by... Bill Bryson


England by Bike

by... Les Woodland

Slow Coast Home: A 5000-Mile Journey
Around the Shores of England and Wales

by... Josie Dew

India >>


Ram Ram India

by... Alex Thomson & Nick Rossiter

Slowly down the Ganges

by... Eric Newby


Two Wheels in the Dust
From Kathmandu to Kandy

by... Anne Mustoe


Ireland >>


Ireland by Bike

by... Robin Krause

Lonely Planet Cycling Ireland

by... Ian Connellan

Italy >>


Lonely Planet Cycling Italy

by... Ethan Gelber


Japan >>


A Ride in the Neon Sun

by... Josie Dew

The Roads to Sata

by... Alan Booth


The Sun in My Eyes
Two-Wheeling East

by... Josie Dew


Mexico >>


Into a Desert Place
A 3000 Mile Walk Around the
Coast of Baja California

by... Graham Mackintosh

Journey With A Baja Burro

by... Graham Mackintosh

New Zealand >>



Cycling New Zealand

by... Nicola Wells, Neil Irvine, Ian Duckworth

Lonely Planet Cycling New Zealand

by... Nicola Wells


New Zealand by Bike,
14 Tours Geared for Discovery

by... Bruce Ringer

Pedallers' Paradise (The definitive guides to New Zealand's North & South Islands)

By Nigel Gunton

North America >>


Cycling Across North America
A Leisurely Route from Coast to Coast

by... Lue Christian & Shannon Christian

Cycling the Great Divide - From Canada
to Mexico on America's Premier
Long Distance Mountain Bike Route

by... Michael McCoy

Bicycling the Pacific Coast - A Complete
Route Guide from Canada to Mexico

by... Tom Kirkendall & Vicky Spring

A Crossing
A Cyclist's Journey Home

by... Brian Newhouse

A Hell of a Place to Lose a Cow

by... Tim Brookes

Against The Wind - Maine to Alaska

by... Marty Basch


Cycling the Great Divide - From Canada
to Mexico on America's Premier
Long Distance Mountain Bike Route

by... Michael McCoy

Scraping Heaven
A Family's Journey Along the Continental Divide

by... Cindy Ross

Scotland >>


A Man, A Bike, Alone in Scotland

by... Eugene Cantin

Tibet >>


Outer Path
Finding My Way in Tibet

by... Jim Reynolds & Kathleen Hallam


Turkey >>


A Fez of the Heart

by... Jeremy Seal

Vietnam >>


Catfish and Mandala
A 2 Wheeled Voyage Through the
Landscape and Memory of Vietnam

by... Andrew X. Pham




Multi States>>


Bicycling the Blue Ridge

by... Elizabeth & Charlie Skinner

28 Days Behind Bars

by... Harold Wagoner

A Walk in the Woods

Rediscovering America on the

Appalachian Trail

by Bill Bryson

Best Bike Paths of the Southwest

by...Wendy Williams


Bicycle Built for Two
Across America and back in 1938

by... Elisabeth Young

Bicycling America's National Parks

by... David Story, et al


Bicycle Built for Two

by... Elisabeth Young

Blue Highways
A Journey into America

by... William Least Heat Moon


Changing Gears
Bicycling America's Perimeter

by... Jane Schnell

Computing Across America
The Bicycle Odyssey of a High-Tech Nomad

by... Steven K. Roberts


Cycling Across North America
A Leisurely Route from Coast to Coast

by... Lue Christian & Shannon Christian

A Solo Journey Across America

by... Richard A. Lovett


Hey Mom, Can I Ride My Bike Across America
Five Kids Meet Their Country

by... John S. Boettner

Horatio's Drive - America's First Road Trip
(Movie also available)

by... Dayton Duncan & Ken Burns


Hurt City

by... Bob Voiland

Just the Two of Us
A Cycling Journey Across America

by... Melissa Norton


Lonely Planet Cycling USA

by... Marisa Gierlich (Editor), et al

Momentum Is Your Friend
The Metal Cowboy and His Pint-Sized
Posse Take on America

by... Joe Kurmanskie


Notes from a Big Country

by... Bill Bryson

Over The Hills
A Midlife Escape Across America by Bicycle

by... David Lamb


Playing in Traffic
America from the River Niagara
to the Rio Grand, by Bicycle

by... Stan Purdum

Roll Around Heaven All Day
A Piecemeal Journey Across America by Bicycle

by... Stan Purdum


The Adventure of Two Lifetimes

by... Brian Goetz & Peggy Goetz

The First Big Ride
A Woman's Journey

by... Eloise Hanner


The Mad Doctor's Drive- being an account
of the 1st Auto Trip across the USA
(Movie also available)

by... Ralph Nading Hill

The Wonderful Ride: Being the True Journal of Mr. George T. Loher who in 1895 Cycled from
Coast to Coast on His Yellow Fellow Wheel

by... George T. Loher


Travels in a Strange State
Cycling Across the U.S.A.

by... Josie & Melanie Dew

Two Wheels North
Bicycling the West Coast in 1909

by... Evelyn McDaniel Gibb, et al


How Big are the Pancakes?
Three Biker Chicks Cycle Across America!

by... Kathryn Krull


California >>


Wine Country Bike Rides

by... Lena Emmery


Georgia >>


Cycling through Georgia
Tracing Sherman's Route

by... Sue Bailey, William H. Bailey,
Joe Bailey, William L. Bailey


Maryland >>


25 Bicycle Tours in Maryland- From the Allegheny Mountains to the Chesapeake Bay

by... Anne H. Oman

Mississippi >>


Bicycling the Natchez Trace
A Guide to the Natchez Trace Parkway
and Nearby Scenic Routes

by... Glen Wanner


New York >>


Cycling Along The Canals of New York

by... Louis Rossi

Oklahoma >>


Race the Sun: Down the road in Oklahoma

by... Jay C. Grelan


Utah >>


Desert Solitaire

by... Edward Abbey

Pennsylvania >>


Free-Wheeling Easy in Western Pennsylvania

by... Mary Shaw & Roy R. Weil

Poland >>


Lonely Planet Poland - Not cycling specific,
but an invaluable guide

by Krzysztof Dydynski


Russia >>


Off the Map
Bicycling Across Siberia

by... Mark Jenkins


World Travels >>


A Bike Ride
12,000 Miles Around the World

by... Anne Mustoe

Around the World on a Bicycle

by... Thomas Stevens


Classic Mountain Bike Rides
Thirty of the World's Most Spectacular Trails

by... Mike Ferrentino, Nicky Crowther

Cycling into Your Soul

by... M. Archibald, Marg Archibald

Danziger's Travels
Beyond Forbidden Frontiers

by... Nick Danzinger

Full Tilt
Ireland to India With a Bicycle

by... Dervla Murphy


Into Thick Air: Biking to the Bellybutton of Six Continents

by... Jim Malusa

The Lost Cyclist

by... David Herlihy


Investment Biker

by... Jim Rogers

Johnny Ginger's Last Ride

by... Tom Fremantle


Lone Traveller
One Woman, Two Wheels and the World

by... Anne Mustoe

Metal Cowboy
Tales from the Road Less Pedaled

by... Joe Kurmanskie


Miles from Nowhere
A Round the World Bicycle Adventure

by... Barbara Savage

Odysseus' Last Stand
The Chronicles of a Bicycle Nomad

by... Dave Stamboulis


Riding Outside the Lines

by... Joe Kurmanskie

Round the world on a wheel

by... John Foster Fraser


Bicycle Adventures on Three Continents

by... Willie Weir

Tales of a Travelling Man
Eight year round the world solo cycle trip.

by... Bernie Howgate


The Road That Has No End
Global Touring Adventure

by... Tim Travis

The Wind in my Wheels

by... Josie Drew


Travels with Willie: Adventure Cyclist

by... Willie Weir




Bicycle & Equipment Maintenance & Information

Anybody's Bike Book

by... Tom Cuthbertson

Atomic Zombie's Bicycle Builder's Bonanza

by... Brad Graham & Kathy McGowan

Bicycle Design

by... Mike Burrows



Bicycles & Tricycles
A Classic Treatise on
Their Design and Construction

by... Archibald Sharp

Bicycling Science, Second Edition

by... Frank Rowland Whitt & David Gordon Wilson

Bicycling Magazine's Complete Guide
to Bicycle Maintenance and
Repair for Road and Mountain Bikes

by... Jim Langley

Big Blue Book Of Bicycle Repair (Park Tools)

by... C. Calvin Jones

Building Bicycle Wheels

by... Robert Wright

The Bicycle Wheel

by... Jobst Brandt

The Dancing Chain
History and Development
of the Derailleur Bicycle

by... Frank J. Berto, et al

The Professional Guide to Wheelbuilding

by... Roger Musson

The Recumbent Bicycle

by... Gunnar Fehlau



General Interest Books

A Wheel Within a Wheel
How I Learned to Ride the Bicycle
With Some Reflections by the Way

by... Frances E. Willard

Bicycling for Dummies

by... Allen St. John

A Cycling Murder Mystery

by... Greg Moody

A Cycling Murder Mystery

by... Greg Moody

Effective Cycling

by... John Forester

Heft on Wheels

by... Mike Magnuson

Into the Wild

by... John Krakauer

Into Thin Air
A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster

by... John Krakauer

It's Not About the Bike

by... Lance Armstrong

Need for the Bike

by... Paul Fournel, Allan Stoekl

Perfect Circles
A Novel

by... Greg Moody

Put Me Back On My Bike
In Search of Tom Simpson

by... William Fotheringham

Rough Ride

by... Paul Kimmage

The Immortal Class
Bike Messengers and the Cult of Human Power

by... Travis Culley

The Man Who Loved Bicycles

by... Daniel Behrman

The Memory of Running

by... Ron McLarty

The Mountain Bikers Training Bible

by... Ned Overend

The Quotable Cyclist

by... Bill Strickland

The RAAM Book
The Race Across America Book

by... John Marino, Michael Shermer & Lon Haldeman

The Rider

by... Tim Krabbe

The Wheels of Chance

by... H.G. Wells

It's All About the Bike: The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels

by... Robert Penn

Two Wheels
A Cycling Murder Mystery

by... Greg Moody

Ultimate High
My Everest Odyssey

by... Goran Kropp & David Lagercrantz

Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom

by... Sue Macy

Road to Valor - A True Story of WWII Italy, the Nazis, and the Cyclist Who Inspired a Nation

by... Aili & Andres McConnon



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