Tuesday, April 21, 2015
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Columnist compiles his musings on bicycling into a book

Phillip Barron, a relative newcomer to Davis, has selected the best of the bicycling columns he wrote for The Herald-Sun in Durham, N.C., and published them in a new book, "The Outspokin' Cyclist." Fred Gladdis/Enterprise photo

By
From page A4 | October 19, 2011 |

From 2004 to 2008, Phillip Barron wrote monthly columns on bicycling for The Herald-Sun newspaper in Durham, N.C, the best of which have been compiled into his new book, “The Outspokin’ Cyclist.”

Barron, an avid cyclist who now lives in Davis, wrote about issues ranging from solo mountain biking to how to bike in the snow to why bike lanes should exist.

Barron gave the growing Durham cycling community a legitimate voice.

“It was unusual for a newspaper to publish a column on biking. For cyclists to have a voice in that space, it validated the community,” Barron said.

“When I started writing the columns, they had just started their citizen committee on how to make Durham bicycle-friendly. They hired their first bicycle planner and repaved roads. That was a big coup for us, to get that commission.

“By the time I moved away, there was a strong cycling community. We developed a much more coherent and politically strong mountain biking community.”

After a serious cycling accident, Barron took a hiatus from the road and stopped writing his column. When he moved to Davis, however, the bike culture encouraged him to start pedaling again — and he took a look back at his columns from Durham.

“We pulled together 30 to 40 columns that ended up in the book. We chose the ones that had mass appeal,” Barron said. “I hope in some way readers will see themselves in the books. I also hope they enjoy an expression of what it means to ride a bike on a regular basis. They were designed to be short, simple, easy-to-read pieces.”

Barron began working on his column “to get away from what I’d written before.”

“I would get frustrated that my work revolved around 2,000-year-old problems,” said Barron, who majored in philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The columns were brief in comparison, and a relief from his university work.

“I was using simple, non-technical language that everyone can identify with,” Barron said.

Accessibility is a theme that runs throughout all of Barron’s columns.

“One thing that emerged that I didn’t really intend was that it became a column about everyday cycling, like cycling to grocery shopping. It’s common here, but not so common on the East Coast,” Barron said.

In his column, Barron also discussed local issues, such as bike trails and widening roads, making sure to include cycling news.

But Barron believes that biking — beyond the politics — is also simply fun.

“One of the reasons I started mountain biking was that it’s a way to see the world from places you can’t get by car,” he said. “It’s a unique perspective.”

“The Outspokin’ Cyclist” is available online in paperback from Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Books A Million. It is also available as an ebook from Amazon (for the Kindle) and from Goodreads.com in epub (compatible with the Nook, iPad, iPhone, Sony Reader, Kobo and other epub reading devices).

— Reach Chloe Kim at [email protected]

Comments

comments

.

News

 
Woodland murder suspect claims history of abuse

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A1

Public forum will explore community choice energy options

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A1

 
Log cabin home is labor of love

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1 | Gallery

The camp around the corner: Day camp benefits kids and families

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

 
Ready to give a resident camp a try? Tips to ease the homesick blues

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

Vote with your dollars at Davis Food Co-op

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

 
UCD study: Colorblind bilingual programs can perpetuate bias

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

 
Davis Kids Klub offers a true summer camp

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

Immigrant teens share their dreams at YIIN dinner

By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A7 | Gallery

 
Buddhist groups host SanghaFest on Saturday

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

AAUW hosts Yamada speech on Tuesday

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

 
Round up at the registers for Davis schools

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8Comments are off for this post

Free Family Bike Clinic set Sunday

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

 
Online courses a cure-all? UCD study says think again

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8

Show tunes take center stage at sing-along

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

 
Alternatives to violence explored

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

Paws for Thought: Hero dogs go above and beyond

By Evelyn Dale | From Page: A8 | Gallery

 
Rotary Club hosts whisky tasting

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

Spend a morning with the mayor

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

 
Celebrate Mexican culture at I-House

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

 
Achievement gap to be addressed at symposium

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A9

Suicide awareness walk set April 25 at UC Davis

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

 
Tour de Cluck tickets on sale now

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9 | Gallery

Patwin is ‘Where The Wild Things Walk’

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A9 | Gallery

 
Pets of the week

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A10 | Gallery

.

Forum

Gratitude all around for the Breakfast for Heroes

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

 
Broad new vaccination law is a must

By Tom Elias | From Page: B4

Seniors, you CAN get there from here

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B4 | Gallery

 
Hey, do you want that glaucoma fixed?

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5Comments are off for this post

.

Sports

DHS thunders past the Herd

By Spencer Ault | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Wong leads UCD charge in Big West women’s golf tourney

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

UCD boxing club making a name on the national scene

By Dylan Lee | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
DHS girls basketball pioneer Iten dies

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Devils edge closer to Delta League soccer title

By Evan Ream | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
 
.

Features

.

Arts

Rockabilly music will fill the park Wednesday

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A11 | Gallery

 
One-man show ‘Buyer and Cellar’ brings non-stop laughter

By Bev Sykes | From Page: A11 | Gallery

Hear Wealth of Nations at winery

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

 
‘Frozen’ Mini-Musicals to be presented

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

Baldini to conduct Camellia Symphony

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11 | Gallery

 
DMTC sets auditions for ‘Evita’

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

Stories told at Third Space

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A11

 
UCD assistant professor to give lecture at de Young Museum

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

.

Business

.

Obituaries

Robert Leigh Cordrey

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

 
Ruth Rodenbeck Stumpf

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

Alice Catherine Micheltorena

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8

 
.

Comics

Comics: Tuesday, April 21, 2015 (set 1)

By Creator | From Page: B5

 
Comics: Tuesday, April 21, 2015 (set 2)

By Creator | From Page: B7