Fifty places to bike before you die: biking experts share the world’s greatest destinations (2012) by Chris Santella. Photo: book cover image created by publisher

By Kendra Runnalls, Community Librarian at the Revelstoke Branch of the Okanagan Regional Library

I can think of no other community that will so easily take Bike-to-Work Week in its stride!

Revelstoke Mountaineer Reads is a new summer series hosted in the Revelstoke Mountaineer
Revelstoke Mountaineer Reads is a new summer series hosted in the Revelstoke Mountaineer

I know of several library regulars who bike to work (and everywhere else) from all areas of the city, in all weather, and in all seasons. Revelstoke is an easy city for biking: everything is close by and the scenery inspires us to be outside of our homes and outside of our vehicles.

I have a ‘cruiser’ bike which, as the name suggests, means that I am not a hard-core mountain biker or a serious long-distance road cyclist, but I absolutely loved two very different books I came across on our shelves in the cycling section of the library:

Fifty places to bike before you die: biking experts share the world’s greatest destinations, (2012) by Chris Santella

Fifty places to bike before you die: biking experts share the world’s greatest destinations (2012) by Chris Santella. Photo: book cover image created by publisher
Fifty places to bike before you die: biking experts share the world’s greatest destinations (2012) by Chris Santella. Photo: book cover image created by publisher

Fifty Places is an exciting read for bike enthusiasts and armchair travellers too! With each destination you get a gorgeous picture, a short and inspirational commentary with insider tips, and a practical list of how to go about booking the trip. I loved it that the book included four Canadian destinations, three of which are in our neck of the woods: the Okanagan Valley, the Icefields Parkway, and Waterton Lakes National Park.

Life is a wheel: love, death, etc., and a bike ride across America, (2014) by Bruce Weber

Life is a wheel: love, death, etc., and a bike ride across America, (2014) by Bruce Weber. Photo: Book jacket created by publisher
Life is a wheel: love, death, etc., and a bike ride across America, (2014) by Bruce Weber. Photo: Book jacket created by publisher

This book is something completely different from Fifty Places … but just as exciting and inspirational. The 57-year-old author resolves to ride from the Pacific coast to the Atlantic – cycling between 50 and 90 miles a day for three months. He talks about practical stuff such as the route and equipment, but he also talks about his inner thoughts, worries, and emotions in a relaxed and straightforward tone.