I love biking all year around, but it is especially wonderful in the fall. The cool air, the crunch of leaves under the tires, and the perfect speed for viewing the scenery all add up to an exceptional transportation experience. Manhattan has been named a “Bicycle Friendly Community” by the League of American Bicyclists but we’re not resting on our laurels. Improvements are continuously being made to make biking in Manhattan safer, easier, and more enjoyable. Check out the city’s website to find Manhattan’s Bike Everywhere map, bicycle safety rules, and the latest happenings of the Bicycle Advisory committee. If you want to venture beyond the bounds of our fair city, you might want to check out the Kansas Bicycle Guide from the Kansas Department of Transportation. They have some helpful information and a great bicycle map for the state.
Biking is a great way to get around town, but it can also be a fun social activity. Flint Hills Area Bike Club plans bike-related gatherings and provides an online place to socialize with fellow bike lovers. Two local bike shops, The Pathfinder and Big Poppi Bicycle Company, organize group rides. You can also learn more about repairing and maintaining your bike at UFM.
Of course we also have resources at the library for everything from learning the basics to inspiration:
- Bicycling Magazine covers road & mountain biking tips, training advice, and bike reviews and gear.
- Just Ride: A Radically Practical Guide to Riding Your Bike by Grant Petersen is an entertaining guide to commuting with and enjoying your bike.
- The Bicycling Guide to Complete Bicycle Maintenance & Repair: For Road and Mountain Bikes by Todd Downs to help you keep your bike in shape.
- Bicycling Magazine’s New Cyclist Handbook: Ride with Confidence and Avoid Common Pitfalls to get you started.
- The Noblest Invention: An Illustrated History of the Bicycle to learn about the development of the bike into the machine we know today.
- Ride Your Way Lean: The Ultimate Plan for Burning Fat and Getting Fit on a Bike by Selene Yeager in case you want to get in shape.
- Pedaling Revolution: How Cyclists Are Changing American Cities by Jeff Mapes considers the social and economic effects on society.
- Complete Bike Book by Chris Sidwells is your all-around guide.
- Heft on Wheels: A Field Guide to Doing a 180 by Mike Magnusun is a memoir of how a biking club helped an overweight smoker pull his life together.