Bike Snob: Systematically & Mercilessly Realigning the World of Cycling

Bike Snob: Systematically & Mercilessly Realigning the World of Cycling


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Cycling is exploding in 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780811869980
Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date: 05/05/2010
Pages: 222
Sales rank: 196,642
Product dimensions: 5.44(w) x 7.12(h) x 0.84(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 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.
librarianbryan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fun, kind of a pointless diversion, really just a pep talk for beginning cyclists. I did get the stickers out of the back because I was the first person to check this book out at my library. I want to point out though for those that don't know Mr. Snob spends a lot of time sticking it to bike snobs and lampooning the "cycling community" (whatever that is)as a whole. So his handle has a lot irony value. Just wanted to put that out there for people that are put off by his name.And sorry dude, you are wrong about fenders. If it rains take the bus.
ironicqueery on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great book that gives a snarky introduction to cycling and the community of people involved in it. There's not much in the book that is especially practically useful, but it's a humorous look at cycling and cyclists that is filled with sarcasm and wit. A wonderful read for anyone who rides a bike. The illustrations are also gorgeous.
cozychairbooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm sure that in small, bite-sized blog bits BikeSnobNYC is funny, maybe even witty. This does not transfer well to a book. BikeSnob IS a snob and if you're not on the right bike, you're in idiot. Wish I could get my $$ back on this one.
sabreader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great book, short, skewers all kinds of cyclists, but overall far from being a snob he's a cycling enthusiast and supporter, asking only that people get out on their bikes! You might feel uncomfortable if your identity is totally wrapped up in an expensive and/or ridiculously large motor vehicle...
JeffV on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you always thought of those colorfully clad, spandex-covered cyclists on rides sometimes more expensive that your car to be, shall we say, "elitist." then you might seek confirmation within these pages. Now, I consider myself a cyclist: I can ride 100 mile rides, I sometimes commute to work, and about my favorite thing to do on a nice summer day is to ride the 20-mile long lakefront trail in Chicago. I don't really consider myself to be a snob -- my investment is not nearly at that level. But what seems to be bizarre fashion to the uninformed truly does have purpose only realized after spending serious hours riding.Koelle's book has purpose too that might not be apparent at first glance. Written in style of wry humor, he mixes personal anecdotes along with some well-researched history of cycling. We learn that bicycling was a highly fashionable activity early in the 20th century, especially after they worked out gearing enough to do away with the Penny Farthings (those old-timey bikes with the gigantic front wheels). Included is a travel log following one of the earliest popular bike routes on Long Island, following as best he could descriptions of the route from old magazines. The area has evolved quite a bit...towns have changed name, and streets have changed some (but some are still intact). 95% of my riding is on known paths and roads, and this book reminded me of the joy of discovery when exploring new places or routes. To do so with in pursuit of a goal, to follow a historical path, adds to the romance.The characterizations of different species of cyclists were funny because they are true. I'm mostly a roadie, but I've consorted with mountain bikers. Each have their own style, manners, and community. I recognize many of the traits identified, and possess quite a few myself. I was rather surprised to learn that I commit a major fashion sin though by wearing a visored helmet on a road bike. I don't really care...but after reading this book I started paying attention a little more, and yes, I guess it's true and others of my ilk undoubtedly consider me some sort of doofus. But screw them, I like my choice of helmet and one its kind did save my life once.This is a good gift book for any cyclist in your life, or anyone who presumes to become one. And if you're often scratching your head trying to understand a cyclist in your life, maybe for you too.
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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.