Jill Taylor, a dyke's bike repair handbook


Jill Taylor, with photographs by Honey Lee Cottrell, and poetry by Batya Sunwandra.

Los Angeles: Clothespin Fever Press, 1990. 

First edition. 136 pp. Spiralbound oblong in printed wraps, photo-illustrated throughout, light age wear to covers and spine, otherwise in good condition.


Practical, romantic, and poetic: this is the ultimate artefact from the surge in second wave feminist publishing. The bike repair handbook combines detailed, illustrated instructions for motorcycle maintenance with eight pages of “Byke Pride” photographs taken by the famous photographer of lesbian erotica, Honey Lee Cottrell (I Am My Own Lover, On Our Backs) capturing lesbian motorcyclists at San Francisco Pride. Batya Sunwandra (also known as Batya Weinbaum, author of The Political Creation of a Lesbian) accents the photographs of Dykes on Bikes with a poem:

…behind mirrored glasses

turquoise cowboy boots

taps on toes

high heels on pedals

running red lights

not believing in brakes…


“Clothespin Fever Press” ONE Archives at USC Libraries, https://one.usc.edu/archive-location/clothespin-fever-press 

Brooke Palmieri