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Effective Cycling [Paperback]

John Forester
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15 May 2012
Effective Cycling is an essential handbook for cyclists from beginner to expert, whether daily commuters or weekend pleasure trippers. This thoroughly updated seventh edition offers cyclists the information they need for riding a bicycle under all conditions: on congested city streets or winding mountain roads, day or night, rain or shine. It describes the sheer physical joy of cycling and provides the nuts-and-bolts details of how to choose a bicycle, maintain it, and use it in the most efficient manner. Effective Cycling covers the bicycle itself, repairs and maintenance, basic and advanced cycling skills, and how traffic is organized. It describes cycling with friends, bicycle tours, increasing physical endurance, racing, and even finding a cyclist as marriage partner. Throughout, author John Forester emphasizes that cyclists should consider themselves drivers of vehicles in traffic. That means obeying the rules of the road, because when all drivers obey the same rules, they don't have collisions. Forester explains why cyclists should not be afraid to cycle in traffic, and he urges them to resist being shunted off into government-sponsored bike paths as if they were incompetent children. Cyclists fare best, he says, when they act and are treated as drivers of vehicles. Effective Cycling will help owners of bicycles dusty from disuse become active cyclists and veteran cyclists improve their techniques and achieve their cycling goals. Each section moves from basic to advanced topics; readers are encouraged get on a bicycle and practice each activity after reading about it.

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  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: MIT Press; 7th edition edition (15 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262516942
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262516945
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 18 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 561,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"John Forester's Effective Cycling continues and expands his mission to make bicycling easy, enjoyable, rewarding and responsible. He recognizes that most US authorities put cyclists into an inferior status, and therefore into a dilemma, and conveys to them the attitude and the rules with which they can be appreciated and responsible road users. This book should be read by all cyclists, and especially by all 'authorities.'"--David Gordon Wilson, MIT Mechanical Engineering; author of Bicycling Science "I have used previous editions of Effective Cycling as my go-to source for some 35 years. It is comprehensive, based on irrefutable logic and scientific data, and easily understandable."--Bill Hoffman, Former Director, League of American Bicyclists "As a lifelong bicyclist, I didn't realize my eyes were wide shut with respect to bicycling matters until I first read Effective Cycling, fourth edition, in 1988 at age 30. John Forester's seminal, expansive, and tireless work in educating bicyclists and protecting the rights of bicyclists as drivers of vehicles has been incalculably valuable to me and countless thousands of others who pedal for fun and utility."--Wayne Pein, Bicycling Matters

About the Author

John Forester is a bicycle transportation engineer and the author of Bicycle Transportation: A Handbook for Cycling Transportation Engineers (MIT Press). An experienced cyclist, cycling advocate, and onetime racer, he lives in Lemon Grove, California

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An unique, opinionated, wide-ranging treatise 31 Jan 1999
By A Customer
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A 'must-read' for any cyclist! 30 July 1997
By A Customer
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have book for cyclists 10 Dec 1996
By A Customer
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
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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

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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3.0 out of 5 stars Opinionated but useful 13 April 1999
By A Customer
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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