coolAs someone who loves bikes and everything about them, I also like things that celebrate one of the all-time greatest combinations of design and function. Which is why I was attracted to this week’s Read: My Cool Bike: An Inspirational Guide to Bikes and Bike Culture by Chris Haddon.

About My Cool Bike: An Inspirational Guide to Bikes and Bike Culture by Chris Haddon: “For some the bike is much more than an accessory for the daily commute: there are the plucky few who have embarked on life-changing momentous global journeys; while for others bike ownership offers the chance to be part of a loyal, passionate, and strong-minded community of fellow enthusiasts embarking on club excursions. The bikes featured here chart the bicycle’s progress over the years in terms of design and also celebrates those owners who have given their bikes their very own stamp of individuality. Among this collection of cool bikes are classic racing bikes, high-tech machines that use the latest in material science and aerodynamics, eccentric bikes designed for specific purposes, and rarities coveted by serious collectors. The book covers all styles and makes from around the world, and is divided into such sections as urban; commercial; touring and sporting; vintage and eccentric; custom bikes; eco and community bikes; workshops, shops and cafés; and accessories including fashion.”

In My Cool Bike, Mr. Haddon helps us celebrate everything that is cool about bikes and shows us how the bicycle has influenced our culture in many way beyond transportation.

My Cool Bike: An Inspirational Guide to Bikes and Bike Culture by Chris Haddon is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers.