The editors of Boneshaker believe that the bicycle, when conceived of and used appropriately, can become a tool for social change and community building. And though bicycling has become, for better or worse, an activity tied to radical undertones and bohemian implications, we are less interested in those types of categorizations and more so with simply riding bicycles to get where we are going.
This almanac is, therefore, a collective ode to the ride itself, that fundamentally lonesome experience one has in the saddle, and the results of repeating that ride over and over in different directions on different days with different destinations in each instance.
With interviews of respected members of the bicycling community, as well as profiles of bike-related grassroots organizations and individuals, not to mention essays, graphs, lists, letters, charts, maps, poems, schedules, manifestos, drawings, art, and stories, Boneshaker attempts to shine light on utilitarian bicycling.
Modeled loosely after the War Department’s 1941 Soldier’s Basic Field Manual, Boneshaker fashions itself to be the practical bicyclist’s literary periodical-style handbook.
Boneshaker always welcomes literary bicycle-related submissions. Please send your work as a Word document attachment via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are submitting artwork, send attachments as jpgs, gifs, or pdfs.
Praise for Boneshaker:
“Boneshaker is a slim, eclectic, and quirky pocketbook, designed as a companion for you and your bike…It is delightful.” ~ Terry Lowe, Momentum: The Magazine for Self-Propelled People
“Boneshaker offers insights woven into clever and philosophical accounts of life as a cyclist…a genuine source of realization and knowledge and in many ways a call to arms. Its witty and intelligent prose empowers individual cyclists who may feel isolated. It is a survival guide and a source of inspiration.” ~ Brian Riepe, editor of Mountain Flyer Magazine
“A joy to read and useful to boot. Pocket-sized, Boneshaker can be taken with you everywhere you go…There are several very insightful interviews that don’t ask the same questions every time, which I found to be refreshing. I give it a big thumb’s up—I’d give it two, but I’d have to put my copy down to do it!” ~ Brandon Dowling, One Less Car
“Recently I came across a curious little publication that has restored my faith in small publishing. Called Boneshaker: A Bicycling Almanac, it…appealed to me on a number of levels. Firstly, I get weary of the anti-car sentiment pushed by a few cyclists who cleverly forget that there was usually a fairly significant carbon footprint left behind by the manufacture, shipping, and sales of their cool urban bike. Boneshaker proposes only to be pro-bicycle, not anti-car. Secondly, cycling is ripe for the literary experience, whether it is fixing a flat, riding in the moonlight, or trying not to wreck yourself riding on ice. Most of this is regularly covered in blogform, which is imminently forgotten and tough to carry in your pocket. And thirdly, it gives me something to do in the bar besides make eye contact with other human beings!” ~ The Winter Gentleman, Bullfights and Bicycles Blog
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