The Practical Cyclist — Book Signing in Clearwater

Author, bicycle collector and all-around funny guy Chip Haynes wanted to let everyone know that he’s having a book signing for his new The Practical Cyclist: Bicycling For Real People (Gabriola Island, BC: New Society Publishers, 2009). Here’s Chip to tell you a bit more:

The big unveiling and first book signing for The Practical Cyclist will be at the Chainwheel Drive bike shop, 1770 Drew Street in Clearwater (NW corner of Drew and Keene) on Saturday, April 18th from noon to 3 p.m. Needless to say, I am READY! They’ve got the books in stock already, now just hand me a pen and stand back!


The book is getting a great response. Mother Earth News endorsed it as a “Recommended Book for Wiser Living?, Foreword magazine gave it a very nice review, is promoting it and both Martha Stewart Living Radio and Body + Soul magazine (also a Martha Stewart thing) are all over it. The New Colonist interviewed me awhile back for their web site, Body + Soul is scheduled to interview me next Monday night, and we got to hang out with Jeff Klinkenberg from the St. Pete Times last Friday. What a blast! (His story may be in the Times as early as this coming Sunday.) Almost forgot: Reader’s Digest has already requested, and received, a short article by me on bicycle commuting. Whew.

I hope to see everyone at Chainwheel Drive on Saturday the 18th, and even if you already have the book, come on out anyway and roll in the madness!

As Chip mentioned, he was interviewed by the St. Petersburg Times recently, and his article ran over the weekend. Check it out by following this link.

I just received my review copy of The Practical Cyclist in the mail today, and I’ll be bringing you a review of it in the coming days. In the meantime, if you’re in the area and you want to rub shoulders with a local literary GIANT, come on out to Chainwheel Drive in Clearwater to meet Chip. He’s a really charismatic fellow!



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  3. Chip Haynes

    Wow, Jack- Thank you for the tremendous plug! I am humbled. Whew. For those of you that might want to attend this thing, a word to the wise: Get there early. Dottie’s macadamia nut cookies are great- and they go fast!

  4. Sammyboy

    just bought “Practical Cyclist” during lunch time here in Austin,TX. Chip wonderful introduction just the right length and great humor. I am going to ‘borrow’ your dedication to your wife IF I ever write a book! Looking forward to the following chapters. I started riding my bike last summer to the bus (3 miles) when gas went above $3 gallon and still riding it.

  5. Chip Haynes

    Sammy, please, please, pelase: Make my day and tell me you bought my book at Mellow Johnnies! (?)

  6. Sammyboy

    Sorry Chip,
    I went to book people. Bikes I think Mellow Johnnies — its like 4 blocks from work.
    Books, I think Book People 6 blocks from work.
    Is Mellow Johnnies selling it? That would make sense.

  7. Chip Haynes

    In my dreams, yes, Mellow Johnnies is selling it. (I sent them an email this morning asking if they would.)

    Hey, no matter where you got it: THANK YOU!

    I hope you like it! (Let me know.)

  8. Ghost Rider

    Chip, I hear Lance is flying in to sell your book in person…he won’t let any of his other staff touch it because the book is WHITE HOT!

  9. Chip Haynes

    Whadda guy! So he broke his collorbone on purpose just to get out of racing so he could sell my book? Man, I’m sorry I’ve never said anything bad about the guy so I could get all humble and take it back.

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