Bike Month and Beyond
National Bike Month, including another Tour de DCPL! The 2021 tour will be held on Saturday, May 22, and because of the need to practice social distancing, it will be a self-guided tour: plan your own route and visit as many of our library locations as you want. Check our Tour de DCPL page for information on this year's Tour and to explore route maps and photos from past rides.
The Library's bicycling partners will also be holding bike repair clinics throughout the year. Trained mechanics will help you fix your flat tires, calibrate your brakes and gears, and adjust your bike for greater comfort and safety. Watch this space for more information, and check out our calendar for the full listing of National Bike Month programming.
bicycle maintenance? Are you thinking of embarking upon a long-distance tour by bike or looking for fun local rides? Or do you want to read interesting stories of cyclists and their achievements? Read all about it with your library card, including recommended books on epic bicycle journeys from our shelves.
Books for Children
Books for Teens
Magazines Available on Overdrive
Ebooks Available on Overdrive
Selected Films on Bicycles and Bicycling on Kanopy
Selected Films on Bicycles and Bicycling on Access Video
Bicycles! (the fourth episode of the series Inside the Factory)
Best American Biking Treks: Globe Trekker
Explore Digitized Archival Collections on DigDC
Bicycle Route Map
League of American Wheelmen, 1884
Portrait of Seward Beale
Gearin’ Up Bicycles trains youth from underserved communities to become bicycle mechanics and encourages cycling as a practical, healthy means of transportation. The shop is currently accepting bikes for walk-in repairs and donations and hosting weekend bike sales.
The Bike House Cooperative is hosting online bike repair demos and has some great resources on their website, such as a guide to purchasing your first bike as an adult.
Washington Area Bicyclist Association arranges online workshops, reading groups, forums for community discussion about bicycle infrastructure, and much more. Check out its resources page for tips on basic bike maintenance, buying a new bike, and more.
goDCgo has a suite of resources available for DC residents. Check out their blog and guidelines on social distancing while exercising on our local trails.