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On tour …

Following my US book tour in early 2015 I’m now booked to appear at a load of forthcoming events where I’ll give slide presentations. If you want me to give a talk at your club/society/school/bar mitzvah please get in touch by email.

Carlton Reid Tour Dates


Print copies of Roads Were Not Built For Cars will be available for sale – and signing – at most of the above talks. Alternatively, the book is available from Island Press in the US, Marston Book Services in the UK (see below) or the following book stores.
The Book Depository

Island Press c/o Marston Book Services, 160 Milton Park, PO Box 269, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 4YN
Tel: +44 (0) 1235 465521 Email:

People seem to like my book talk – here’s an after-the-event card from the directors of the Marin Museum of Bicycling in Fairfax, California:

Letter from Marin Museum of Bicycling

Marc Vendetti, Julia Violich, Otis Guy and Joe Breeze are legends of mountain biking – it was a huge honour to give a talk in their new museum and so lovely to get that thank-you card.

9 thoughts on “On tour …

  1. Tam / Reply April 3, 2015 at 10:50 pm

    I will be attending your engagement in San Francisco. Will Roads Were Not Built For Cars be available for purchase? Thanks

    • carltonreid / Reply April 7, 2015 at 3:03 pm


  2. Alan Goldsmith / Reply April 7, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    You may want to interview mw. I opened Bikecology Bike Shops in Santa Monica CA in 1971 at age 28. I struggled through all of the bike boom problems—shortages, bad quality, poor supplier service, decline of brands (Schwinn, Raleigh, Peugeot), emergence of new ones (Trek, CDale, Specialized), and more. My mail order catalog was a big success and I opened 13 shops over the years. The name changed to Supergo in 1982.

    • carltonreid / Reply April 7, 2015 at 5:21 pm

      Hi Alan

      Thanks for getting in touch. I’ll email some questions later. Thanks. Carlton.

  3. John Bradley / Reply April 8, 2015 at 3:18 am

    Hey Carlton,
    Good luck on the tour! Sounds like a great book. We met years ago, probably at Eurobike or the Taipei show, I use. I’ve been in the bike biz since 1972. Worked retail in Denver, then Durango during my college years. Worked for Trek, Schwinn, Orbea, BH & Pivot. Happy to talk with you.

  4. Alden Booth / Reply April 11, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    Hi Carlton,
    This is very exciting. Can’t wait to get my hands on your book.
    Let us know if you will be in Massachusetts one of these days. Here in the western part along the Connecticut River from Northampton to Brattleboro Vt we have a very strong bicycling advocacy network — would love to host you at our pub, brewery and restaurant for a talk and book signing. You would do well here.
    Best of luck on your tours.

    Alden Booth, owner
    The People’s Pint
    Board member, MassBike/Pioneer Valley chapter
    Greenfield Bicycle Coalition, Founding member

  5. john Barous / Reply April 13, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    Carlton ,

    We met briefly at PressCamp 2013 –
    If you like I would like to speak with you about your next book .

    I had worked in shops as a teenager during the bike boom in NYC….

    Of my employers and friends / mentors in the 1970’s were
    Sal Corso — Stuyvesant Bicycles / Corso Distributors — Atala / Bottechia
    and Al Toefield of Kissena Cycles

    Soon after I opened my own shops in metro NYC and then 30 years of retailing

    Prio to the downfall of Schwinn I operated 3 Schwinn shops concurrently

    Please do contact me directly if you like


  6. Jeremy Parker / Reply October 26, 2015 at 12:20 am

    hi Carlton,
    I live in London now, but lived in Washington DC for 25 years, 1963-1988. I was on the board of the Washington Area Bicyclist Committee, and chaired its committee that submitted the second longest set of comments that led to the first US semi-decent set of bike facility design standards, by AASHTO. Because Washington was the source of federal money, things tended to converge on there.
    I’ve met both John Franklin, of Cyclecraft, and John Forester, of Effective Cycling.
    If you ever make your books a trilogy, with the ’30s bike boom to complete the set, that would be interesting too. My current, rather intermittent, hobby is finding out more about Hans Joachim-Schacht, Adolf Hitler’s top bike facility person, who was, I think, the reason why the cycle tracks of my youth, whether in Holland, Denmark, Germany, or even London or New York, all looked the same when I was growing up

    • carltonreid / Reply October 27, 2015 at 9:01 am

      Hi Jeremy – the 1930s boom is most definitely part of Bike Boom. Let’s talk …

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