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.
ISSUE BA 43-500 IS HERE!!
At long last, the tenth issue (BA 43-500) of Boneshaker: A Bicycling Almanac has arrived. After being dropped by the peloton some time ago, our pocket-sized periodical is racing back into the cycling conversation with a lively new issue full of essays, reviews, stories, drawings, art, poetry, mystery, and lore.
This is our longest and most complex edition to date! Inside, Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo explains why the bike has always been his preferred method of travel. Tin House‘s Rob Spillman weighs in on broken bones and cycling fashion. Dan DeWeese wonders why there are no bikes in Blade Runner (and reviews the Globe Daily 1). Enjoy a swath of bicycle-themed poetry by Chris Dempsey, Claudia Reinhardt, Casey Fuller, Patrick Barron, Barry North, Amy Brunvand, and Stanley Noah. Maureen Foley concludes her epic comic series “Smidge and Space Go West,” while Mike Compton wraps up his ABC’s of cycling. Ben Weaver takes a moving bike and banjo journey, and Bike Commuter Betty bids you ado. Ever been trailed on your way home late at night? Kjerstin Johnson knows exactly how you feel. Itching to break free from your soul-crushing commute? Juliette Birch has been thinking about that, too. If you’re riding from D.C. to Pittsburgh like Adam Perry, or simply across Chicago like Benjamin van Loon, there’s something in the pages of this almanac for you.
So whether you’re a bike commuter, bike musician, bike tourist, bike mechanic, bike enthusiast, or someone who simply prefers to ride in a soft cotton t-shirt and regular old shorts, put a copy of Boneshaker in your pocket this summer and join Wolverine Farm Publishing in celebrating this milestone issue of the world’s only bicycling almanac.
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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