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  • Hardcover: 424 pages
  • Publisher: MIT Press; 5th Revised edition edition (1 Jan 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262060884
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262060882
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Jan 1999
Format: Paperback
Where else can you find a book on cycling that deals tells you why a Presta valve is really superior to a Schrader value, the social relationships of cycling, riding in traffic, raingear, and hill climbing?
It's sometimes repetitive and some of the information isn't quite current, and it doesn't have much for racers, but it's the best all-around cycling book in print.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 July 1997
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I found the chapters on riding in traffic to be invaluable. I commute to work every day, and ride recreationally on weekends. The lessons in these chapters will save you literally thousands of miles of trial and error, and could save your life. It is a 'must read' for anyone who wants to expand beyond being a casual cyclist, and wants to use their bicycle as an effective means of personal transportation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Dec 1996
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If you ride a bike, you must read this book! As a born-again cyclist, this was the first book I read - the information it contains on cycling in traffic will save you years of trial and error.

The book also contains sections on selecting a bike, equipment, physiology, and about every topic you could think of.

Well worth the price - and well worth the time spent in reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Nov 1995
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Whatever your involvement in cycling, you'll want to read
*Effective Cycling*. You'll learn about every aspect of
riding, from selecting equipment to touring to riding in
traffic. Find out what kind of accidents really happen
to cyclists, so you can learn how to avoid that sort of
accident, and stop worrying about accidents that almost
never happen. (Like being hit from behind.)

Forester is one of the world's foremost experts in traffic
cycling, and he designed the *Effective Cycling* program
which is taught by the League of American Bicyclists. A
similar program is the Can-Bike Skills program of the
Canadian Cycling Association. Both courses teach traffic
cycling skills and use *Effective Cycling* as the text.

I consider the "riding in traffic" chapters to be most
important. You'll learn where to be on the road (which lane?
how far from the curb?) and where to be within your lane (right?
middle? left?) - all of which depends on what sort of road
you're riding on. You'll learn how to change lanes properly
in any traffic condition, how to gain cooperation from motorists,
how to prevent acccidents from happening to you, and how to
avoid an accident that's coming your way by using emergency
maneuvers.

If you are going to buy only one cycling book, *Effective
Cycling* should certainly be the one. While you're at it,
buy a gift copy for every cyclist you love.

Forester's *Effective Cycling* techniques work. I ride in
busy city traffic every day and it's easy and fun.
This I owe in large part to *Effective Cycling*.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 April 1999
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Forester does have his predjudices, and not many experienced cyclints would agree with all his opinions. Still, this is a very useful and helpful book for any bicyclist, and especially so for the commuting and urban cyclist.
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