Covering interesting and varied philosophical terrain,Cycling - Philosophy for Everyone explores in afun but critical way the rich philosophical, cultural, andexistential experiences that arise when two wheels are propelled byhuman energy.
- Incorporates or reflects the views of high-profile and notablepast-professional cyclists and insiders such as LennardZinn, Scott Tinley, and Lance Armstrong
- Features contributions from the areas of cultural studies,kinesiology, literature, and political science as well as fromphilosophers
- Includes enlightening essays on the varieties of the cyclingexperience, ranging from the ethical issues of success, women andcycling, environmental issues of commuting and the transformativepotential of cycling for personal growth
- Shows how bicycling and philosophy create the perfecttandem
- Includes a foreword by Lennard Zinn, author and owner of ZinnCycles Inc.
About the Author
EditorsJesús Ilundáin-Agurruza is AssistantProfessor of Philosophy, and Allen and Pat Kelley Faculty Scholarat Linfield College, Oregon. He has published in the journalsSports, Ethics, and Philosophy and Proteus. He is acategory 2 racer.
Michael W. Austin is an Associate Professor of Philosophyat Eastern Kentucky University, where he works primarily inethics. He has published Conceptions of Parenthood: Ethicsand the Family (2007), Running and Philosophy: A Marathonfor the Mind (Wiley-Blackwell, 2007), and Football andPhilosophy: Going Deep (2008).
Series EditorFritz Allhoff is an Assistant Professor in thePhilosophy Department at Western Michigan University, as well as aSenior Research Fellow at the Australian NationalUniversity’s Centre for Applied Philosophy and PublicEthics. In addition to editing the Philosophy forEveryone series, Allhoff is the volume editor or co-editor forseveral titles, including Wine & Philosophy(Wiley-Blackwell, 2007), Whiskey & Philosophy (withMarcus P. Adams, Wiley, 2009), and Food & Philosophy(with Dave Monroe, Wiley-Blackwell, 2007).
Table of Contents
Foreword Lennard Zinn x
Acknowledgments Jesús Ilundáin-Agurruza Michael W. Austin xii
Getting in Gear: An Introduction to Cycling - Philosophy for Everyone Jesús Ilundáin-Agurruza Michael W. Austin 1
Stage 1 The Varieties of Cycling Experience 11
1 Warm Up: A Surreal Ride Patrick Vala-Haynes 13
2 Learning to Ride a Bike Peter M. Hopsicker 16
3 Becoming a Cyclist: Phenomenological Reflections on Cycling Steen Nepper Larsen 27
4 Unleash the Beast: Technology and the Time Trial Bryce T. J. Dyer 39
Stage 2 Velovirtues 51
5 Warm Up: A Test of One's Mettle Patrick Vala-Haynes 53
6 Lance Armstrong and True Success Gregory Bassham Chris Krall 56
7 LeMond, Armstrong, and the Never-Ending Wheel of Fortune Scott Tinley 68
8 Riding Like a Girl Catherine A. Womack Pata Suyemoto 81
9 Bicycling and the Simple Life Russell Arben Fox 94
Stage 3 Re-Cycling 107
10 Warm Up: When Two Wheels Meet Four Patrick Vala-Haynes 109
11 Philosophical Lessons from Cycling in Town and Country Robert H. Haraldsson 112
12 The Commutist Manifesto John Richard Harris 123
13 Critical Mass Rides Against Car Culture Zack Furness 134
Stage 4 Spinning Wisdom 147
14 Warm Up: Are You Real? Tony Meets Bishop Berkeley Patrick Vala-Haynes 149
15 My Life as a Two-Wheeled Philosopher Heather L. Reid 151
16 Cycling and Philosophical Lessons Learned the Hard Way Steven D. Hales 162
17 From Shoes to Saddle Michael W. Austin 173
Stage 5 Fair Play on Two Wheels 183
18 Warm Up: Pushing the Envelope Patrick Vala-Haynes 185
19 What to do Once They're Caught John Gleaves 188
20 Out of Control: The Pirate and Performance-Enhancing Drugs Raymond Angelo Belliotti 200
21 Is the Cannibal a Good Sport? Andreas de Block Yannick Joye 214
Stage 6 Pedaling Circles 227
22 Warm Up: Riding into Awe Patrick Vala-Haynes 229
23 Taking the Gita for an Awesome Spin Seth Tichenor 231
24 Stretched Elastics, the Tour de France, and a Meaningful Life Tim Elcombe Jill Tracey 241
25 Life Cycles and the Stages of a Cycling Life Jesús Ilundáin-Agurruza Mike McNamee 253
Notes on Contributors: The Cycling - Philosophy for Everyone Peloton 266
What People are Saying About This
"This is a wonderful book that captures the breadth and depth of the sport and experience of cycling. A great tour of the mental, physical, cultural and historical paths a bicycle can travel"
—Michael Weiss, Chair, Tour of Missouri Professional Bicycle Race; Owner, Big Shark Bicycle Company
"Cycling – Philosophy for Everyonereminds its readers of the joy, freedom, and accomplishment one feels when riding a bicycle, whether that entails encountering Manhattan traffic on the way to the Central Park bandit race, cresting Mount Tamalpais to the unmatched views of redwoods and San Francisco, or punching through gale force winds on an isolated Midwest farm road far from everyone and everything.
I found myself fondly recalling the new bike I received for Christmas that first provided freedom from my parents' oversight and produced a liberating sensation that I was the master of my domain as I explored Chicago as a 10-year-old.
You too will reconnect to bicycling in ways you never expected long before you reach the last page."
—Tom Zoumaras, Former Masters National Champion (1997 and 1998); Professor of History, Truman State University