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June is Bike Month

Learn More About Bicycles

Cyclist bikelist: the book for every rider Cyclist BikeList: The Book for Every Rider
by Laura Robinson

Did you know the first bike was propelled by the rider's feet pushing against the ground? Find out more about this fascinating invention, including tips to dress safe and efficient for biking, what to eat for maximum body efficiency, how to select and maintain a bike, and learn the stories of famous cyclists throughout history.

Best Book of Bikes The Best Book of Bikes
by Amy Pinchuk

You already know that bikes are the coolest way to get around. But did you know that the first bikes had no pedals? Or that adults used to ride tricycles to get around. Published by Popular Mechanics for kids, discover fun facts and get tips on maintaining your bicycle in top form.

Take the quiz to see how much you know!

Bicycle Repair Manual Bicycle Repair Manual
by Chris Sidwells

A very well-illustrated guide to everything you need to know about bike maintenance. For beginners and experienced riders.

Cycling in Action Cycling in Action
by John Crossingham

Bicycles provide great exercise and are used in many competitive sports. Don't know how to ride? Aren't sure what bike suits you best? Find all the answers here.

Check out the website How Stuff Works to learn more about the different parts of the bicycle. See also their section on mountain bikes.

Cycling Science Cycling Science
by James Bow

What does science have to do with the bike or the bike rider? Find out more in this book.

Check out Science of Cycling from Exploratorium - how do gears work in bikes, what keeps the bicycle upright, how does drafting help a cyclist and more.

How is a Bicycle Made? How is a Bicycle Made?
by Angela Royston

Details the design and construction of bicycles from start to finish, and discusses where in the world the necessary steel, rubber, and plastic are manufactured.

Watch a video to see how they make a bike frame.

Mountain Biking Mountain Biking
by Michael De Medeiros

Get started with the basics of mountain biking and find out how it is different from regular cycling. Include safety tips and healthy habits.

More books on mountain biking.

Tour de France Tour de France
by Grant Gilbert

Read all about the famous cycling competition - rules, equipment, route, legendary cyclists and more.

Visit the official website.

Biking in Richmond

Bike Map Get a map of Richmond's bike routes.

See also:
Richmond off-street trails

Ride Safe

All cyclists are required by law to wear a helmet, so don't forget yours!

Got Wheels? Get a Helmet
Learn how to get the right helmet to stay safe on the road.

KidsHeath: Bike Safety
Cycling is super fun, but don't forget to ride smart. Find out what's the best way to wear a helmet, how to make sure people and drivers see you, and learn about hand signals for turns and stoppage.

More helpful resources:
ยป Borrow books on bike safety.

Bike Stories

Crunch Crunch
When there is a shortage of fuel, Dewey has to figure out how he can manage the family bike repair shop.


Yikes! Bikes! Yikes! Bikes!
Freddy and his classmates are going to participate in a Bike-a-Thon to help raise money for a local animal shelter, and Freddy needs to learn how to ride a two-wheeler.


Duck on a Bike Duck on a Bike
" A duck on a bike? That's the silliest thing I've ever seen!" All the farm animals agree, but when a group of kids park their bikes and leave, would they be tempted to give it a try?


Froggy Rides a Bike Froggy Rides a Bike
Froggy is learning how to ride a bike. It's not easy, but he is not going to give up that easily.


Henry and Beezus Henry and Beezus
All Henry Huggins wants is his very own bicycle, a shiny red one to ride up and down Klickitat Street, but he has to raise money for that.


Curious George rides a bike Curious George Rides a Bike (DVD)
The man in the yellow hat gives Curious George a brand new bicycle. What do you think he's going to do with it?