Bike Snob: Systematically and Mercilessly Realigning the World of Cycling
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A bit lightweight really and something I will pass on fairly quickly.
It's written by a Blog writer, and I think they've tried to emulate the blog experience in the book.
The chapters take you through a history lesson, fashion, do's and dont's and basic tales of the road.
What I found hard, which I would say the same about blog's in general, is that you tend to only be able to read short bursts at once, these long epistles show up that this isn't great writing, I grew tired of it pretty quickly. I think if each page had been a subject/tale this would have worked a lot better.
Something else I thought was missing (coming from a daily cyclist) is the wonders you see whilst cycling, sure I understand a lot of what he says, and have seen a great deal in my 30yrs on a bike. I definatly don't feel the same 'philisophical' way he does about drivers trying to kill you though.
Pros: A book to pick up, read for a while and put back. Maybe I'll leave mine in a waiting room.
Cons: Difficult to hold your interest for more than a few pages at a time.
Nicely produced, and pretty much the ideal gift for fellow cyclists
Sadly my suspicions were correct! This really is a collection of glib comments and opinions - the kind of thing which somehow works on the throw-away world of the web, but comes across as shallow on page.
There is advice such as "Look Out for Doors" which begins: "There are few cyclists who have not had an unfortunate encounter..." and so? They need reminding?
At one point a basic premise is expounded - that cycling is good, and anyone who rides any kind of bike is good - both for the cyclist and the world at large. However this is hardly consistent with the author's compulsion to categorise cyclists and their bicycles.
In particular, he seems to delight in pointing out bicycling breaches of etiquette - such as having mismatched tyres - fully illustrated with a colour photo! At times revelling in the individuality of cyclists, at others castigating those who cross the invisible line of fashion which the author has himself drawn.
The author frequently makes tenuous links between cycling and sex or religion - I presume in an effort to make his writing more exciting or meaningful. Sadly, I've never found those links to exist in reality!
Fair enough if you are looking for some light distraction, but if you want to learn about cycling - there are better books. Or just look at the web page!
So it was with very high hopes that I plunged into this book. And yet, within a few chapters, I had to admit to myself that I found it all rather heavy going in places. Bike Snob, being a famous (well apparently so - I must confess I hadn't heard of him, until the Vine Programme enlightened me) blogger, sure knows his stuff, but clearly also loves the sound of his own voice and is extremely verbose. Page after page of describing the early cycling pioneers failed to generate much in the way of atmosphere. Things bucked up a bit with his definition of what makes a cyclist and I began to warm to the material a bit more with the gently amusing and perceptive Subsets of Cyclists section. How not to get killed and his musings on maintenance and how to lock your bike continue in the same vein of quirky waffle and occasionally clumsy attempts at humour but then, out of the blue, he hits the nail on the head with a profound truism. I particularly like "Everything about riding a bicycle compels you towards beauty". Nice.
Don't expect any real belly laughs but, if you're on the side of the cyclist, Bike Snob's gentle quirky wit and occasional poetically eloquent musings will probably just about win you over.
Worth a look.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This guy is witty. Loads of bike related quotes and anecdotes in here. An amusing read if you're into bikes and the like.Published 18 months ago by Floydee
Supplied as a used item and is exactly as described. First classPublished 20 months ago by Mr. P. C. Langham
American based stories not UK cycling. Some funny stuff and well written. A great book for browsing at any time and picking up at a later date.Published 21 months ago by Magik
Very funny well-written book. Also informative. People who own / ride a bike will love this.Published 23 months ago by Ann1953
Excellent book. One or two 'Americanisms' that make little sense to the European reader but otherwise brilliant, irreverent, funny and deeply thought-provoking. Read morePublished on 30 Jun. 2014 by Kindle Customer