Bicycle Love: Stories of Passion, Joy, and Sweat

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All athletes love their sports, but cycling has a fetishistic side to it—the love of this deceptively simple machine that allows you to silently float, race and climb. These 50 essays on the many varieties of bicycle love range from dreamy reminiscences of childhood bikes to powerful, sometimes insane adult attachments to mountain bikes, road bikes and tandems. They all celebrate the freedom of cycling, the elegance of the machine and the beauty of the act. The characters are everyone from a teenage girl on a ...

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Overview

All athletes love their sports, but cycling has a fetishistic side to it—the love of this deceptively simple machine that allows you to silently float, race and climb. These 50 essays on the many varieties of bicycle love range from dreamy reminiscences of childhood bikes to powerful, sometimes insane adult attachments to mountain bikes, road bikes and tandems. They all celebrate the freedom of cycling, the elegance of the machine and the beauty of the act. The characters are everyone from a teenage girl on a moun-tain bike to old men crossing the country on touring bikes to couples falling in love while cycling. Funny, revealing and intensely emotional, these stories show the secret inner life of every cyclist.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781891369452
  • Publisher: Breakaway Books
  • Publication date: 5/1/2004
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 995,867
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Garth Battista is the editor of The Runner's Literary Companion and How Running Changed My Life.

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Table of Contents

Surprised into Flight 9
Pedaling Fool 13
Scratching the Surface 19
Crash and Learn 23
The Perfect Bike 27
Morning Revolutions 29
Streetpulse; or, How I Learned to Stop Taking the Bus and Love Bike Commuting 33
To Africa and Back 37
Callie's Gift 41
Full Cycle with Spin 47
Another Way of Getting There; or, How My Bicycle Became My Lover After Many Years of Servitude and Neglect 53
Wanted: Young Bike, for Adventure, Escape, and ... Who Knows? 59
The Mountain Bike Club We Started 65
Loving My Rockhopper 69
Heaven Is a Wide Berm and a Tailwind 73
Haleakala High 77
Break Up 83
Riding to Freedom 89
The Unbearable Lightness of Biking 95
Riding for Nefertiti 101
Mas Fina 107
It's About Freedom 111
An Old Bike and an Even Older Man 115
If All the Traffic Were Bicycles 119
Into the Wind 125
Pedaling in Tandem 129
Traveling in Tandem 133
Go Hard or Go Home 139
The Lady of the Ditch 145
Lazarus 149
A Return to Freedom 153
Lessons from the Great Divide 157
Saddlemasochism 163
Bike-Speed 167
Life Is Short but an Ugly Bike Is Forever 173
One if by Land, Two if by Sea, and Nine if You're Like Me ... 177
Bicycle Bliss 183
War Bike 187
Ma Kettle Biker 193
Kneeling at the Altar of Schwinn, 1966 199
The Downhill Stretch: An Elegy 205
Pedaling Pregnant 209
"Who Wants to Marry a Bicyclionaire?" or, Bicycling in Search of the Erotic in an Ekpyrotic Universe 213
The Secrets of the Love Affair 221
If Ever There Were Warriors... 223
A Rusty Old Memory 229
Leaving the Sport You Love 233
Running with the Big Dogs 239
The Face of the High Desert 245
Did Someone Mention Bicycles? 249
The Revolution Evolution 253
It's Not About the Bike 257
The Inside Spin 261
The Yellow Huffy 267
Phat 271
Dalton Highway 275
The Great Bicycle Experiment 281
The Life of an Inspired Cyclist 287
Bicycle or Boyfriend 291
Medical Experience 299
Bicycle (Carriage) Built for Two 303
Loving a Cyclist 307
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2009

    loved this book!!

    funny!! Glad to see others love their bikes as much as I do!!

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