I'm not a native English speaker, and trying to translate the name of a book into English. It's a book about how to travel by bike, and the name I can come up with is An alternative way to travel -- by bike, which doesn't look like a book name at all. The name should inlcude two ideas:

  • It's an ALTERNATIVE way of traveling, since by-car is more common than by-bike when traveling. Kind of a new, unconventional way.
  • It's BY BIKE

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    What's the original title? – Justin Greer Oct 3 '14 at 14:25
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    Actually I really, really like "An alternative way to travel -- by bike". It's part of the "new honest". I like it. (BTW personally I prefer "alternate" to "alternative" - but that's a tricky decision in English.) – Fattie Oct 3 '14 at 14:40
  • I would not understand the choice of alternate over alternative. To me alternate is when you one day take the bike, another day take the bus or car – mplungjan Oct 3 '14 at 14:44
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    @JustinGreer The original Title is in Chinese: "换种方式去旅行 -- 骑行” – GuLearn Oct 3 '14 at 14:56
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    @mplungjan - As a native Brit, I use 'alternative' the same way you do. However, in US English 'alternate' is very commonly used instead of 'alternative'. – Erik Kowal Oct 13 '14 at 9:24

As I say, I love your suggestion,

An alternative way to travel -- by bike.

Some other suggestions...

The biking alternative.


Bike! The alternative way to go.

ad similar variations.........

  • Thank you for supporting my suggestion! I think I'll pick one between the first and the third options. – GuLearn Oct 3 '14 at 14:58

Your proposed title is fine. Here is another. ("Touring" is what is usually used for bike trips. It emphasizes traveling and visiting places leisurely.)

Touring By Bike, An Alternative Way to Travel, where the last phrase is a subtitle.

Or maybe See the Country (or Visit XYZ) instead of Travel.

[FWIW, I took a 2-month bike trip many years ago, and will never forget it. Great way to see the country (any country) and its inhabitants (including cows etc.).]

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