Books About Bicycling by David E Siskind
Most of the BAB books are available from the Amazon.com marketplace. They are also available from the author at a slightly cheaper mailing cost. It’s your choice. Use the contact page if you are interested in buying one of my books directly.
Two of the author’s books are comprehensive compilations, #3 and #4, and in large format. No 3. You Started From Where had a print run of 80 and was quickly sold out. A second printing is possible but not planned as of this date. Book #4 is available.
BICYCLING THE ADVENTURE CYCLING NORTHERN TIER TRAIL ACROSS AMERICA
Tour Story of Two Sometimes Grumpy Old Men (Book #1)
Minneapolis, MN cyclist Dave Siskind, 56, and 62-year old friend Tom O’Brien from Oregon, biked 5,500 miles coast-to-coast via Glacier Park’s Going-to-the-Sun highway with side trips to the Winnipeg Folk Music Festival and Iowa’s RAGBRAI cross-state ride, in 1998. Encountering other cyclists is the norm on AC routes and Dave and Tom had the company of a Seattle Doctor Scott and his two teenage daughters plus others across Montana, North Dakota and Minnesota. Illustrated and maps. Published in 2000, 80 pages, 6 x 9. $9.95 plus $2.00 p&p.
BICYCLING THE CANADIAN ROCKIES (Book #2)
A Planning Guide and Stories of Seven Trips
Surrounded by rocky snowcapped mountains, glaciers, raging rivers, pine and spruce forests, wildlife, hot springs and on safe roads. This is the best bicycle touring in North America and possibly anywhere. Between 1973 to 2001, the author led seven Minnesota group tours in the Canadian Rockies National Parks of Banff and Jasper in Alberta, and across the Continental Divide to Yoho in British Columbia. This book is a guide to the area: its roads, landmarks, places to see and stay, to obtain food and meals, and all the information needed to plan a tour from camping to deluxe accommodations. It is also the stories of those seven trips of awe and discovery, from the Ironmen of 1973 (strong but naive) to the Maturemen of 2001, (wiser but weaker). The long summer days and low-mountain passes, not exceeding 6,700 ft, make this a trip for any reasonably fit and granny gear-equipped cyclist. Most of the trips were family adventures with kids as young as 11, riding their own bikes and carrying their own gear. Illustrated and maps. Pub. 2002, 112 pages, 6 x 9, $12.95 & 2.00 p&p
YOU STARTED FROM WHERE? BICYCLING 420,000 MILES FROM PENNSYLVANIA TO MINNESOTA (Book #3)
Lolo Pass nearly did in Lewis and Clark in 1805. Dave Siskind biked Lolo Pass but, it was Lewis Pass in New Zealand that almost did him in. His third book on bicycling has Adventure Cycling’s cross country routes, historic Route 66 from California to Chicago, The Natchez Trace National Parkway, a dozen countries in Europe, New Zealand, Nova Scotia, and a return to Canada’s Banff National Park. This is a personal history of 45 years and 420,000 bicycling miles. Included are racing and touring clubs and people in the 1960’s NE USA and the 1970’s to 2000’s Minnesota, and a technical chapter on how long tires, chains, frames, and other biking stuff lasts. Well illustrated. Published in 2004, 380 pages, 8-1/2 x 11. Currently out of Print.
BICYCLING ALASKA, TWO COASTS, THREE MICHIGANS AND THE NATCHEZ TRACE Bicycling Great Places (Book#4)
This is a follow up of Book #3, You Started From Where? Bicycling 420,000 miles from Pennsylvania to Minnesota. The author had been telling friends that he would do another book upon reaching 500,000 miles. That happened in October 2009. That additional 80,000 miles includes the Yukon and Alaska, the whole east coast and much of the west including part of Adventure Cycling’s new Sierra Cascade Route, remote Prince Rupert, three Michigans, a return to the Natchez Trace and a 28-year later father and son reprise in the Canadian Rockies. Illustrated. Published in 2011, 206 pages, 8-1/2 x 11, $12.95 & 3.00 p&p.
ROUTE 66 BY BICYCLE (Book #5)
Bicycling Great Places
Reprinted from You Started From Where? This describes David’s and Tom’s tour from Santa Monica (Los Angeles) to Chicago on fabled Route 66. Much of the riding in the west was on Interstate Highways 40 and 44 but some stretches of the old road still exist such as across much of Arizona. Included are triumphs and sickness, deserts and mountains, tornados and tailwinds. From Chicago, they finished up by biking to Minneapolis, Dave’s home, and from where Tom took AMTRAK home to Portland. Illustrated. Published in 2012, 75 pages, $9.95 & 2.00 p&p.
THE GREAT ALLEGHENY PASSAGE AND C & O CANAL, TO TORONTO (Book #6)
Bicycling Great Places
The recently completed GAP rail trail from Pittsburgh to Cumberland, MD connects to the long-existing C & O Canal towpath along the Potomac River. This continuous off-road route of over 350 miles is probably the only such bicycle-friendly path between major metropolitan areas, in this case Pittsburgh and Washington, DC. It’s facilities for bikers(and hikers) has made it immediately popular for every interest from day rides to those seeking a gateway to the west for extended tours or just an easier way to traverse the country’s eastern mountains. Combined with other rail trails like the Montour, it has turned Pittsburgh into a bikeable city instead of one with forbidding hills and narrow old roads. Author Dave biked the GAP and C&O with a Pittsburgh friend. Then he rode to Philadelphia, Albany, New York, along the Erie Canal to Niagara Falls and finally Toronto, visiting friends and family on the way and getting to bike with them too. A slow train to Winnipeg for the traditional music festival and finally a bike ride home to Minneapolis completed a great, although quite warm, 2,500 mile summer tour. Illustrated. Published in 2012, 55 pages, $5.95 & 2.00 p&p. REVISED, SEE Book #6a):
THE GREAT ALLEGHENY PASSAGE AND C & O CANAL (Book #6a, 2nd edition))
Bicycling Great Places
It’s hard to believe that a continuous bike trail connects two metropolitan areas 300 miles apart, in the USA anyway. The Pittsburgh to Washington connection took about 40 years to complete. Actually, the southern part, the C&O Canal path existed 150 years ago It’s not only is it a great tour in itself but provides a relatively painless route through the Appalachian Mountains for long-distance bicycle travelers. The northern half is the 150-mile Great Allegheny Passage rail trail, known in short as the GAP. It starts (or ends for those west-bound) at The Point in downtown Pittsburgh where the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers meet to form the Ohio River. In the Pittsburgh area, the GAP connects with the 46-mile Montour Trail and also the mostly paved bike paths along all of Pittsburgh’s rivers. The GAP is crushed-stone, firm and good biking and connects seamlessly with the C&O Canal’s packed dirt towpath in Cumberland, MD. This is also where the Allegheny Plateau ends and the valley and ridge pattern of the Appalachian Mountains begins. Closely following the winding Potomac River for 184.5 miles to Georgetown in DC. The author biked this trail in 2012 as part of a longer ride to Philadelphia, New York and Toronto. For the GAP and C&O part, he had a Pittsburgh friend, Ken Eltschlager with him. He returned in 2013 with wife Dana and also Philadelphia-area cousins Rick and Dorothy von Gerbig. This revised editionincluded everything in the “To Toronto” version, Book #6. Published in 2013, 79 pages, $9.95 & 2.00 p&p.
THE NETHERLANDS, A Short Tour (Book #7)
Bicycling Great Places
David’s fifty six years of biking over a half-million miles include over a score of foreign countries and almost everywhere in the USA and Canada. So, how can Dave and Dana not bicycled what’s likely the World’s most bike-friendly place, The Netherlands? If there’s a cyclist’s bucket list, this is the essential addition. What could beat a place where bicycles are given priority over cars. In May 2014, Dana and David Siskind from Minneapolis, Minnesota toured the southern half of the country on rented bikes. They saw a lot in two weeks but also realized they’d missed a lot too. A return trip is a must if they can tear themselves away from grandchildren and the thousands of other things retired persons do, This is great bicycling: facilities, roads, paths, trails, easy terrain and great maps. Incidentally, the people are really nice, highly industrious, and lovers of art. Published in 2014, 99 pages, $5.95 & 2.00 p&p.