Effective Cycling / Edition 7

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Effective Cycling is an essential handbook for cyclists from beginner to expert, whether daily commuters or weekend pleasure trippers. This thoroughly updated seventh edition offers cyclists the information they need for riding a bicycle under all conditions: on congested city streets or winding mountain roads, day or night, rain or shine. It describes the sheer physical joy of cycling and provides the nuts-and-bolts details of how to choose a bicycle,maintain it, and use it in the most efficient manner. Effective Cycling covers the bicycle itself, repairs and maintenance, basic and advanced cycling skills, and how traffic is organized. It describes cycling with friends, bicycle tours, increasing physical endurance, racing,and even finding a cyclist as marriage partner. Throughout, author John Forester emphasizes that cyclists should consider themselves drivers of vehicles in traffic. That means obeying the rules of the road, because when all drivers obey the same rules, they don't have collisions. Forester explains why cyclists should not be afraid to cycle in traffic, and he urges them to resist being shunted off into government-sponsored bike paths as if they were incompetent children. Cyclists fare best, he says, when they act and are treated as drivers of vehicles. EffectiveCycling will help owners of bicycles dusty from disuse become active cyclists and veteran cyclists improve their techniques and achieve their cycling goals. Each section moves from basic to advanced topics; readers are encouraged get on a bicycle and practice each activity after reading about it.

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What People Are Saying

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"John Forester's Effective Cycling continues and expands his mission to make bicycling easy, enjoyable, rewarding and responsible. He recognizes that most USauthorities put cyclists into an inferior status, and therefore into a dilemma, and conveys to them the attitude and the rules with which they can be appreciated and responsible road users. This book should be read by all cyclists, and especially by all 'authorities.'"—David GordonWilson, MIT Mechanical Engineering; author of BicyclingScience

"I have used previous editions of Effective Cycling as my go-to source for some 35 years. It is comprehensive, based on irrefutable logic and scientific data,and easily understandable."—Bill Hoffman, Former Director, League ofAmerican Bicyclists

"As a lifelong bicyclist, I didn't realize my eyes were wide shut with respect to bicycling matters until I first read Effective Cycling, fourth edition, in1988 at age 30. John Forester's seminal, expansive, and tireless work in educating bicyclists and protecting the rights of bicyclists as drivers of vehicles has been incalculably valuable to me and countless thousands of others who pedal for fun and utility."—Wayne Pein,Bicycling Matters

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262516945
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 4/30/2012
  • Edition description: seventh edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 824
  • Sales rank: 792,161
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

John Forester is a bicycle transportation engineer and the author of BicycleTransportation: A Handbook for Cycling Transportation Engineers (MIT Press). An experienced cyclist, cycling advocate, and onetime racer, he lives in Lemon Grove, California

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Sixth Edition
The Bicycle
1 Mechanical Safety and Operational Inspection 4
2 Bicycles, Tools, Equipment, and Clothing 6
3 Steering and Handling 30
4 Brakes 35
5 Gears 50
6 The Shapes of Bicycles 71
7 Dimensional Standards 76
8 Wired-On Tires and Pumps 82
9 Tubular Tires 98
10 Cleaning and Lubrication 108
11 Bearings 114
12 Installing Wheels in a Frame 130
13 Matching Hubs to Fork Ends 132
14 Adjusting Derailleurs 137
15 Five-Speed Hub Gears 149
16 Cranks and Chainwheels 157
17 Chains 161
18 Freewheels and Clusters 165
19 Rims and Spokes 170
20 Building Wheels 175
21 Leather 183
The Cyclist
22 Basic Skills: Posture, Pedaling, and Maneuvering 186
23 Emergency Maneuvers 201
24 Keeping Your Body Going 208
25 The Physiology and Technique of Hard Riding 219
The Cycling Environment
26 Basic Principles of Traffic Cycling 246
27 The Why and Wherefore of Traffic Law 247
28 Accidents 257
29 Where to Ride on the Roadway 279
30 Avoiding Straight-Road Hazards 303
31 Changing Lanes in Traffic 307
32 Riding the Intersections 313
33 Riding at Night 331
34 Riding in the Rain 362
35 Riding in Cold Weather 367
Enjoying Cycling
36 Commuting and Utility Cycling 378
37 Mountain Riding 396
38 Club Riding 408
39 Touring 424
40 Racing 452
41 Cycling with Love 467
Cycling in Society
42 How Society Pictures Cycling 490
43 Bike-Safety Programs and the Cyclist-Inferiority Phobia 505
44 The Federal "Safety" Standard for Bicycles 515
45 Revising the Laws to Control Cyclists 525
46 The Bikeway Controversy 534
47 The Minute Penalties for Killing Cyclists 550
48 Policies of Cycling Organizations and Bicycle Advocacy Organizations 555
49 Political Strategy for Cyclists 566
App. A Description of Effective Cycling Course 580
App. B Outline of Effective Cycling Course 581
App. C Final Exam for Effective Cycling Course 586
Index 589
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