Engaging Methuen Readers

May is Bicycle Month!

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Ding! Ding! Whoosh… It’s the beginning of the fair weather bicycling season!  Whether you’re cruising on  a bike trail or a country road, crunching through a forest on a dirt bike, or commuting to work on two wheels,  you may enjoy the following links and books:

If you’re local, you’ll enjoy the 2.4 mile Methuen Rail Trail traversing the city, perfect for cycling or hiking.

For other trails in Massachusetts to bike or walk, check out Bike Trails in Massachusetts.

The books below encompass all aspects of bicycle riding from memoirs, to racing, maintenance, and mystery.

Life is a Wheel:  love, death, etc. and a bike ride across America by Bruce Weber

Riding a bicycle across the United States is one of those bucket-list goals that many dream about but few fulfill. In 2011 at the age of fifty-seven, New York Times obituary writer Bruce Weber made the trip alone and wrote about it as it unfolded mile by mile.


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Holy Spokes!  A biking bible for everyone by Rob Coppolillo

Provides an introduction to bicycles and bicycling and includes a history of bicycles, advice on choosing a bicycle, and tips on bicycle maintenance and safety.

GearedImage of item for the Grave by Duffy Brown

Mackinac Island is a peaceful summer resort town where everyone coasts through the streets on bicycles. But after someone sends a prominent local on her final ride, it’s up to one resourceful visitor to get things running again…

First in the Cycle Path Mysteries


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The Bicycle Thief (DVD — Classic)
An unemployed man gets work for which a bicycle is essential. Its theft and the man’s desperate attempt to recover it evoke a story of deep poignancy.


Make: Bicycle ProjectsMake:  Bicycle projects by John Baichtal (ebook)

18 different projects to enhance your bicycle for the summer, including a handlebar-mounted synthesizer horn, a LED headlight, and a mini trailer hauling an armored suitcase.


Image of itemBicycle Diaries by David Bryne

The musician and visual artist describes his preference for traveling by folding bicycle throughout New York City, a choice that has enabled his discovery of the mode’s ensuing sense of freedom as well as his observations on the city’s inner workings and rhythms.

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Image of itemTwo Seconds (DVD)

A champion mountain bike racer hesitates at the start gate, and the two seconds lost cost her the race–and her place on the team. Forced into retirement, she is delighted to discover a job as a bike messenger. By chance, she meets Lorenzo, a cantankerous Italian bike shop owner and former champion himself. Their mutual love and appreciation of cycling draw them together in spite of initial clashes. One night, they decide to face each other in a peculiar duel. Lorenzo shows Laurie how every victory is relative and that–speaking of relativity–speed is not the only way to bring time to a halt.

Image of itemTour de France 100:  the definitive history of the world’s greatest race by Peter Cossins, et al.




Image of itemWheels! science projects with bicycles, skateboards, and skates by Madeline Goodstein

Presents several science experiments and science project ideas using physics and bicycles, skateboards, and roller skates.


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