Praise for A Simple Machine, Like the Lever



"Self-consciously and without angst or sarcasm, Nick lives in the details. Narrating how carefully he rolls up his pants before a ride, explaining why he wears two pairs of socks instead of one, parsing the logic of his plan to win [his girlfriend] back—the simple machine here is not the bike. The machine the title references is Nick himself, and by extension, his quiet, elegantly dispassionate story."

–Virginia Thayer, Portland Mercury

“I’m tempted to say all kinds of irresponsible things about Evan P. Schneider’s first novel: that it’s the Catcher in the Rye of our time; that it’s the book that saves leisure-time fiction with an eye to the fact that making money and trying to survive on that money is the primary substance of most of our lives; that ‘If There’s One Book You Read This Decade, It Should Be This!’ If I said these things, I would risk being seen as engaging in the reviewer enthusiasm…But I loved this book. I think more people need to know about it. So what the hell.”

–Dennis James Sweeney, HTML Giant


“This unforgettable first novel—about the emotional and financial deficits faced by our recession-battered generation—is both cathartic and haunting.”

Justin Hocking, author of The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld


“Evan P. Schneider’s literary cycling uplift is enough to counteract the weight of the world. He nails the essence of being a cyclist, of being young—the yearning, the detachment, the attempted grace, the unsureness, the gray confusion.”

Jonathan Waldman, author of Rust: The Longest War


“Deceptively simple, efficient, and potentially revolutionary. The novel cranks out quietly subversive, smart, and funny prose that crackles with insights on the current human condition.”

Steven Church, Author of ONE WITH THE TIGER and I'm Just Getting to the Disturbing Part

“By turns innocent, lyrical, wistful, funny, and poignant. Necessity has made its observant narrator, Nick, hopelessly thrifty, but what has made him so bafflingly sweet? This economical novel is rich with mysterious compassion.”

Mary Rechner, author of Nine Simple Patterns for Complicated Women

“Clever, poignant and unexpectedly funny. Masterfully evokes the simple pleasures—and harsh realities—of keeping to one’s ideals in a world where speed is revered and complexity is king.”

–David Rozgonyi, author of Goat Trees: Tales from the Other Side of the World


“Like a rider propelled upon a bicycle, the reader is carried back to the invaluable world one can never purchase, and given again the too-often forgotten splendors of everyday life.”

–Erzsébet Gilbert, author of Logodædaly, or, Sleight-of-Words



Praise for Boneshaker: A Bicycling Almanac



“A philosophical love letter to life in the saddle.”



“Literary-minded essays, poems, and interviews for the silent soldiers of the bicycle army.”

UTNE Reader

Boneshaker occupies a long unfilled niche by offering something relevant to the multitudes of hungry cyclists.” 

Bike portland

“The next best thing to coasting downhill with the wind in your hair, really."



“A companion for you and your bike. It is delightful.”

Momentum: The Magazine for Self-Propelled People


“Witty and intelligent. It is a survival guide and a source of inspiration.”

Mountain Flyer Magazine