anna brones

writer + artist + activist

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“Ugh, my thighs look huge.”

My friend and I were flipping through our photos from a recent bike camping trip. There was so much good going on in the photo; we were happy and goofy, the sun was shining. You could see it on our faces, that we were in one of those rare moments that not much mattered but the present, that we were enthralled with the simple act of riding our bicycles, feeling the wind on our faces and talking about whatever came to our minds. Yet here I was, entirely ignoring the beauty of that moment captured in the photo, and instead, focused on how my thighs looked.

I am not alone. This is an automatic reaction for many women: to focus on our appearance above all else. It’s almost second nature when you look at a photo of yourself or stare into the mirror, or simply gather together with another group of women. We have a tendency to pick ourselves apart, focus on all the things we wished looked better, be it our thighs, our hips, our stomachs, our noses, our breasts, our ankles. It’s all up for judgment and scrutiny.

This may seem vain, and to some extent it is, but the onus isn’t just on us; we are after all raised in a culture that teaches us that vanity is of the utmost importance. That how we look shows who we are.

A body is much more than something to sculpt and maintain. A body is our way to get around, our way to see the world. Our body holds our heart and our emotions, it is our vehicle for existing.

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July 6, 2017 at 11:01

Book Special: Signed Copy of ‘Hello, Bicycle’ + Limited Edition Stainless Steel Pint!

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Hello, Bicycle + Limited Edition Stainless Steel Pint Glass

In honor of the release of my new book Hello, Bicycle, I had a few limited edition stainless steel Klean Kanteen pint glasses made up in celebration (the graphic is actually a papercut that I made). Why pint glasses? Because book releases deserves some cheers-ing, and if you’re celebrating a bike book, then you want to be cheers-ing outside. Practically unbreakable pint glasses help to facilitate that.

Oh, did I hear you say that you want one too? Well lucky you, I’m pairing up a copy of the book and a pint glass for a super sweet summer bike deal. You can snag the two for $25.

Hello, Bicycle Limited Edition Stainless Steel Pint Glass

Why do you need this pint glass in your life?

Stainless steel pint glasses are perfect for summer bike picnics! Toss them in your backpack or pannier, and don’t worry for a second if they’re going to break. They’re also good for ensuring that you don’t use any single-use disposable cups from here on out. A win all around.

Why do you need a copy of Hello, Bicycle?

  • It’s a signed copy
  • You’re supporting an author
  • You’ll get some good recipes for tasty bike snacks (HELLO peanut butter bars)
  • You’ll feel really good about yourself
  • You’ll want to get on a bicycle immediately
  • You’ll turn into a superhero

$25 gets you a signed copy of the book and a limited edition pint glass+ shipping and handling depending on where you live. When you click on the link below, you’ll be taken over to Paypal to complete the payment. Thank you for supporting!

Buy Hello, Bicycle + Limited Edition Stainless Steel Pint now.

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June 15, 2016 at 12:31

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Preorder My New Book: Hello, Bicycle

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I am on the less-than-a-month countdown until my new book Hello, Bicycle comes out. Starting to get the pre-book birthday jitters.

As you might gather from the title, the book is all about bicycles. It’s illustrated by the talented James Gulliver Hancock and is a guide to embracing the two-wheeled lifestyle. How to change a flat tire? That’s in there. What you should look for when you are buying your first bicycle? That’s in there too. How to plan a bike trip? That’s in there as well. Recipes for bike snacks? Oh yes.

The book is officially out June 7, 2016, but you can preorder a copy now now and ensure that the book arrives at your doorstep at the beginning of June. That way you know you will be set for all of your summer cycling adventures.

I am working on planning a pedal-powered bike tour for later this summer – more on that later – but if anyone has any recommendations of great bookstores and/or bike shops on the West Coast that would be good for an event, please tell me!

Now, get off your computer and go get on a bicycle (after you order the book that is).

Preorder Hello, Bicycle now.

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May 12, 2016 at 10:34

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The Culinary Cyclist on the Outspoken Cyclist Podcast

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I was happy to chat with Diane Lees of The Outspoken Cyclist recently about The Culinary Cyclist. The show is deemed “radio for cyclists by cyclists.” And here I bet you didn’t even know that cyclist radio was a thing? Well now you do.

Check out The Outspoken Cyclist podcast and catch my episode here. Don’t worry, you won’t just be bored by my ramblings on healthy eating; I’m also on there with frame builder, bike designer and author Lennard Zinn, which is pretty cool.

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August 25, 2015 at 09:59

Preorder the Second Edition of The Culinary Cyclist

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Two years ago, my first book, The Culinary Cyclistwas released. When I first started writing it, I wasn’t really sure if anyone would be interested in the topic of bikes and food. Turns out they were. So much so that the book is coming out in a brand spanking new edition, with all the recipes updated in both volume and weight measurements (that means it’s user-friendly for anyone measuring in cups, ounces or grams), and a few tweaks here and there, as well as a new cover.

It’s my first book, so maybe it will always be my favorite. Even now I keep a copy in the kitchen and reference it regularly. Sometimes I’ll flip through and read a few passages. They still make me happy. And they make me want to get out on my bicycle.

“The rules for living well, if you can call them that, are simple and a pleasure to follow. Eat local and mostly plants. Ride your bike, even on rainy days. Say yes to dinner invitations. Always bring your signature dessert. Invite people on picnics. Bike in the sunshine. Follow a morning ride with a strong French press.” -The Culinary Cyclist

The new edition will be released on September 15, 2015, and you can preorder your copy here. All the recipes are gluten-free and vegetarian, and there’s a whole lot of vegan stuff in there too. In other words: lots of healthy, real food.

Of course, if you want the original, they’re currently 40% off over on Microcosm Publishing, the lovely independent publishing company that is behind the book (while you’re on the site, check out their other titles too). A fantastic deal for the original print of a cookbook, wouldn’t you say?

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August 14, 2015 at 08:12

For a Love of Bikes and Books

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“There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book.”

–Marcel Proust

I would add that many of those magic childhood days were also spent on a bicycle. Books help us explore the world, and bicycles do too. Reading a book is a solitary activity, and while cycling is often done with friends, for me there is a pull to those rides when it is just you, the pedals, the road and your imagination. Your mind can wander to new places, see new things. Just like reading. No wonder those childhood days, full of freedom and exploration were so magical.

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Written by Anna Brones

June 1, 2015 at 19:02

A French Product To Make Biking in a Skirt Super Simple

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We shouldn’t be intimidated to ride because we need special clothing or gear. Riding a bicycle should be simple.

Not all women like to ride in skirts or dresses, but for those that do, it’s always a bit of a hassle. Come on ladies: you’ve all been in a constantly-pulling-down-the-skirt-as-the-wind-blows-it-up situation. So I love the concept of this French product that’s being crowd funded which makes biking in a skirt super simple. As simple as popping this clip in your bag and then clipping your skirt to the seat.

They’ve got a couple days left to raise funds for the new product. You can learn more at Le Poupoupido.

Written by Anna Brones

January 15, 2015 at 09:26