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Good fun - but maybe a bit hit or miss?
on 16 January 2011
This is a collection of the writings of the blogger of the same name, a Brooklyn-based cycling enthusiast. For those who have not read the blog itself, it's various writings on the history of cycling, thoughts on cycling in cities these days, musings on the various types of cyclists, why people cycle and a general critique of cycling culture. In places it is fairly amusing, Bike Snob can write with a fairly caustic wit at times, and those of us who cycle ourselves will recognise much in the behaviour and motivations the Snob details. The Snob's dissection of the various cliques cyclists form themselves into is entertaining and maybe a bit too close to home! It's also enjoyably self-indulgent; anyone who cycles will like to hear how wrong those pesky car drivers have it!
Because this books comes from existing blog writings it does feel a little like it might have benefited from a bit more revision before going to print; it has a bit of a "first draft" feel in places, which is fine on a freely available blog, but less welcome in a book people will pay for. It also lacks the images and videos the blog uses and, being largely text, feels a bit drier than the blog. There are also a lot of US/New York references that will pass a lot of us from the rest of the world by.
This is a relatively light and enjoyable read. Fun and witty in places - the better parts definitely outnumber the weaker passages. But I'd probably recommend the blog itself over the book.