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4.0 out of 5 stars If you love bikes, you'll like this., 12 Dec 2010
This review is from: Bike Snob (Hardcover)
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This book by web cyclist aficionado "BikeSnobNYC" (who has his own website devoted to all things bike related - however weird) is definitely a book for the enthusiast - not really one for the casual cyclist.

I'd call myself a "moderate" cyclist - I've been "into" cycling for about 12 years and get out when I can - mostly off-road - so came to this book quite open-minded as to its worth.

As others have said, the bike is quite opinionated - but I don't really have a problem with this - I like the guy's enthusiasm. The US-centric view of a lot of it is a little less inclusive for me.

The Bike snob book covers quite a lot of ground from real basics through to more advanced subjects. He starts with the history of the bike (how did we get to the bike as it is today) and through the basics of the constituent parts of a bike.

He discusses "what is a cyclist" and with it all of the different types and their reasons for their particular "genre" of cycling: the roadie, mountain biker, cyclocrosser, Urban cyclist, messenger, Triathlete and many other types he appears to have made up on the spur of the moment.

He guides us through Prejudice and propaganda for and against cycling. He discusses the risk of injury and in particular the types of crashing and how to avoid them. How one can survive cycling in the city and the etiquette and road rules which will help us survive when anger gets the better of us and those who share the road with us (mainly car drivers).

There are a number of pictures of strange looking bikes with he likes or dislikes (his own personal opinion).

He also guides us through basic bike repairs and what clothing and shoes we would be best to wear.

Overall he reminds us that cycling is good exercise and fun and we should enjoy it to the max. I enjoyed the book - if you love bikes you probably will too. If you don't like bikes - you'll probably be best buying another book on knitting, or cats... :)
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