The Enlightened Cyclist

The Enlightened Cyclist : Finding the Path to Two-wheeled Transcendence

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In Bike Snob, blogger BikeSnobNYC offered an overview of cycling and the various 'bike cultures.' This next book will focus on an experience that cyclists the world over are familiar with: commuting. With his trademark snark, humor and begrudging enthusiasm, BikeSnobNYC will take readers through the trials and triumphs (but mostly trials) of getting there by bike. Along the way, he offers up everything from the history of our commutes to the deadly sins of commuting to tactics for dealing with cars, pedestrians, and your fellow more

Product details

  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 132.08 x 180.34 x 22.86mm | 408.23g
  • San Francisco, United States
  • English
  • 1452105006
  • 9781452105000
  • 87,270

About Bikesnobnyc

Eben Weiss, aka BikeSnobNYC, is a previously anonymous and massively popular cycling blogger. His platform has grown since writing the first book. His blog keeps growing -- now getting over 400,000 visits a more

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According to the irreverent Bike Snob NYC (Bike Snob: Systematically and Mercilessly Realigning the World of Cycling), the nom de guerre of Eben Weiss, the main thing commuters want is "To be happy, and to not get killed." And in this hilarious faux-epic volume, the author uses the Bible as a loose template for how cyclists and cars can, and should, all get along. Though there's some take-home advice, such as driving behaviors to avoid and which kind of bike to buy, most of the book is a rollicking window into urban cycling from a self-professed "smug dork." There are several extended glossaries--in the annals of Annoying Cyclist Behavior, Weiss describes the differences between "salmoning," "shoaling," and "wheelsucking." And sidebars include Understanding Bipedal Idiocy and The Dachshund of Time. Occasionally, the author flips into an earnest, philosophical voice; though his description of his experience on 9/11 and his rant about the pointlessness of dressing up for work are thought-provoking, their tone is somewhat out of place in what is, at heart, a truly fun and witty ride. The book shines when the author combines his self-deprecation on behalf of all cyclists ("we are kind of the nerds in the school cafeteria of transportation") with heavier topics ("when it comes to integrating our transportation, we're as closed-minded as the racists of yesteryear"), creating a call to arms for the ultimate commuting goals: transcendence and "highways of happiness." - Publishers Weekly "Weiss is a Brooklyn-based cyclist and writer. His book is 240 pages of optimism hidden in snark, of hope cloaked in sarcasm, and it's full of sometimes scathing, always accurate cycling observations that occasionally border on genius....But for all its sardonic wit - and there is a lot of it - "The Enlightened Cyclist'' at its core is an honest look at a growing culture of bicycle commuters vying for a slice of the road in a car-dominated culture that still considers the bicycle an "alternative'' means of transportation. Mixed into the snark stew is a plea for commuters of all stripes - pedestrian, cyclist and driver - simply to get along." - The Unnamed Cyclistshow more

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