Bike Snob: Systematically & Mercilessly Realigning the World of Cycling

Bike Snob: Systematically & Mercilessly Realigning the World of Cycling

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by BikeSnobNYC, Christopher Koelle
     
 

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Cycling is explodingin a good way. Urbanites everywhere, from ironic hipsters to earth-conscious commuters, are taking to the bike like aquatic mammals to water. BikeSnobNYC—cycling's most prolific, well-known, hilarious, and anonymous blogger—brings a fresh and humorous perspective to the most important vehicle to hit personal transportation since the

Overview

Cycling is explodingin a good way. Urbanites everywhere, from ironic hipsters to earth-conscious commuters, are taking to the bike like aquatic mammals to water. BikeSnobNYC—cycling's most prolific, well-known, hilarious, and anonymous blogger—brings a fresh and humorous perspective to the most important vehicle to hit personal transportation since the horse. Bike Snob treats readers to a laugh-out-loud rant and rave about the world of bikes and their riders, and offers a unique look at the ins and outs of cycling, from its history and hallmarks to its wide range of bizarre practitioners. Throughout, the author lampoons the missteps, pretensions, and absurdities of bike culture while maintaining a contagious enthusiasm for cycling itself. Bike Snob is an essential volume for anyone who knows, is, or wants to become a cyclist.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
BILL STRICKLAND, EDITOR-AT-LARGE OF BICYCLING
Bike Snob should be lovingly gifted to all new cyclers - and forcefully smacked against the heads of all the jaded know-it-alls who take the sport way too seriously.

ROBERT LANHAM, AUTHOR OF THE HIPSTER HANDBOOK
As any avid biker will attest, cycling isn't just a form of transportation. It's a complicated culture with its own slang, taxonomy, and preferred tat styles. If you haven't read Bike Snob, you should consider reattaching those training wheels to your overpriced fixie.

LANCE ARMSTRONG
I like to think I know a thing or two (or three) about being ruthless and relentless - either trying to win the Tour or fighting cancer. The Snob knows it too. Keeping us dorks in line is tough work. I take pleasure in getting picked on by the Snob, slightly more pleasure in reading his writing, but take the most pleasure punishing his ass (my payback) on the bike either in Central Park or on 9W/River Road. Long live the Snob.

ELDEN "FATTY" NELSON, FATCYCLIST.COM
First you'll think the Snob is funny. Then you'll think he's smart. Eventually you'll probably think that he's seen far too many movies for his own good. At some point during this book, however, you re going to say to yourself: Holy crap. He is right. Believe me, that is one disconcerting moment.

CHRISTIAN LANDER, AUTHOR OF STUFF WHITE PEOPLE LIKE
After reading Bike Snob I put a brake on my fixie, started wearing a helmet, then punched myself in the stomach for spending so much time as a stupid hipster. This is a social manual that should be bundled with every bike shipped in America.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781452100975
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
04/29/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
222
Sales rank:
499,873
File size:
9 MB

Meet the Author

BikeSnobNYC is a frequent racer, daily commuter, and former bike messenger himself. He has been published and profiled in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Outside, and Bicycling Magazine.

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Bike Snob 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
rc76 More than 1 year ago
...told in a crisp way by somebody who is a long time cyclist. Good practical advice on how to cycle & how to do so in a safe and comfortable manner. Humorous [and acurate] analysis of various types of riders, Roadie, Urban...; Cycling trends, fixie, messenger bags, clothing...; bike setup; pain, and a whole lot more. If you ride, if you are thinking of taking up riding, know somebody who does ride and want to understand them better--this book is a must read. Enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Immensely enjoyed reading this book. It was informative, serious and humorous. I found a label in his book that adequately described me, "The Lone Wolf." The Bike Snob and I come from two very different geographical locations so some of his views of operating a bicycle wouldn't apply in my world and occasionally, albeit rarely, I disagree with his opinions. Nevertheless, this is one of those books that will remain on my bookshelf for a reread at a later date. I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book grabbed my attention right from the intro. There were multiple times where it had me laughing out loud. Loved the historical chapter too. I had no idea i was riding a safety bike. 4 stars mainly because i would have enjoyed more book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for anyone interested in taking up bicycling while the observations will inform old hands as well. The author is experienced, insightful, and full of common sense and good advice. His humor style is his own (take it or leave it) but the information and advice is spot on. I was about to purchase a new bicycle when I read the book. It suggested things I'd never thought of. The new bike is perfect for me and my needs, no small part due to the book.
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andreabp31 More than 1 year ago
I'm having a big problem. It has been more than an month since i did my purchase and the book has not arrive to my house. According to the information you guys sent me, the ship date was 12-28-2011 and the order is 298936925.