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Bicycle Love

Bicycle Love [Kindle Edition]

Garth Battista

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“This compilation of tales conforms to a simple Freudian fact: You're as crazy as you thought, but in good company.”
—Bicycling Magazine

Okay, so some of us might be a bit too attached to our bicycles. Outsiders may say this is “inappropriate” or “unnatural.” But most cyclists will agree that passionate, all-consuming bicycle love is a fine and glorious thing. Bicycles take us places, physically and metaphysically, we cannot go without them. They move us; they make us dizzy and giddy, exhilarated and exhausted.
All athletes love their sport, but cycling has a fetishistic side to it—the love of this deceptively simple machine that allows you to silently float, race, climb, glide over the earth. It brings the rush of wind to your ears and the surge of force through your body as you lean into a turn. It brings you to the fields and woods and sunshine, moving down the open road. Its beauty and charisma are undeniable.
These sixty-two personal tales of the many varieties of bicycle love range from dreamy reminiscences of childhood bikes to powerful, sometimes insane adult attachments to mountain bikes, road bikes, and tandems. They all celebrate the freedom of cycling, the elegance of the machine, and the beauty of the act. They tell of the strange and wonderful things a bicycle has brought to life, the relationships that bloom or fade under the bicycle’s influence, and the unforgettable places bicycles have brought us. Funny, revealing, and intensely emotional, these stories show the secret inner life of every cyclist.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 451 KB
  • Print Length: 311 pages
  • Publisher: Breakaway Books (13 Oct 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004774MIS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #806,652 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it! 16 April 2004
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I got an advance copy because an essay by me is inside it. It's a collection of 60 personal essays submitted to a contest (no I didn't win), and they are all wonderful.
As a person who loves bikes this outpouring of love is more than heatwarming, it's almost overwhelming. Honestly, many of the essays moved me to tears.
I don't know exactly what a non-cyclist would make of these bicycle true confessions, but if anyone you know loves bikes you can safely give them this book for their birthday or X-mas.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a good casual read 4 July 2011
By Jordan - Published on
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this is a good book If you are looking for an average person writing about their own experiences with bikes. I personally loved it but that was just me. I like reading about others who share the same passion I have.
5.0 out of 5 stars I Loved It 28 Dec 2013
By S. moore - Published on
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Is there repetition here? Without a doubt. However, I have read this book three times over the last nine years and really enjoy it. If you enjoy cycling but also find other people's experiences, thoughts and lives interesting....normal riders, not just world class riders; you just might enjoy this book as much as I. In fact, I do believe it is time for Volume II.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor writing, boring 6 Aug 2007
By Robert - Published on
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This book collects essays written by amature and semi-professional writers (writer-slash-whatevers) seemingly in response to some kind of a send in your essay and get published contest. Nearly all of the essays consist of some ordinary people writing about the ordinary reasons why they like to ride their bikes in a conventional adult ed creative writing class style.

The essays lack diversity and are short on insight. Just flip through the book and read the opening sentence or two of each. Most are remarkably similar. What might make a passable one-page fluff piece for a magazine makes incredibly dull reading over and over and over again.

Some very engaging cycling memoirs have been written, such as Heft on Wheels and Miles from Nowhere. Bicycle Love does not make the list.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Same old same old. 6 Feb 2012
By A. Bailey - Published on
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A collection of short stories should try to avoid repetitions. Too many of the stories were formulaic: I rode bikes as a girl, I got married, my husband was a troll, I got divorced, and now my bike gives my life meaning. There must be fifteen stories with this story line. Ladies, you can do better than that.
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