Effective Cycling

Effective Cycling

by John Forester

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Overview

Effective Cycling by John Forester

The core of John Forester's concept of Effective Cycling is that bicyclists fare best when they act, and are treated in return, as drivers of vehicles, with the same rights and responsibilities that motorists have.

In this new edition of his classic introductory work, Forester reasserts this idea in terms of practice and education as well as theory while also addressing -- among much else -- the two major forces that have shaped bicycling since the early 1980s: the proliferation of high-quality equipment and the seriously insufficient progress on the social, political, and psychological fronts.

The book is filled with details, strategies, and tips that will be useful both to occasional cyclists and to those who enjoy cycling as a way of life -- all drawn from the author's many years of experience as a cyclist, a Cycling Transportation Engineer, and the founder of the Effective Cycling Program.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780262560269
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 02/29/2000
Edition description: 1st MIT Press ed
Pages: 424
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

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

Table of Contents

Preface to the SiXth Edition
Preface
Introduction
The Bicycle
1. Mechanical Safety and Operational Inspection
2. Bicycles, Tools, Equipment, and Clothing
3. Steering and Handling
4. Brakes
5. Gears
6. The Shapes of Bicycles
7. Dimensional Standards
Maintenance
8. WiredOn Tires and Pumps
9. Tubular Tires
10. Cleaning and Lubrication
11. Bearings
12. Installing Wheels in a Frame
13. Mathcing Hubs to Fork Ends
14. Adjusting Derailleurs
15. FiveSpeed Hub Gears
16. Cranks and Chainwheels
17. Chains
18. Freewheels and Clusters
19. Rims and Spokes
20. Building Wheels
21. Leather
The Cyclist
22. Basic Skills: Posture, Pedaling, and Maneuvering
23. Emergency Maneuvers
24. Keeping Your Body Going
25. The Physiology and Technique of Hard Riding
The Cycling Environment
26. Basic Principles of Traffic Cycling
27. The Why and Wherefore of Traffic Law
28. Accidents
29. Where to Ride on the Roadway
30. Avoiding StraightRoad Hazards
31. Changing Lanes in Traffic
32. Riding the Intersections
33. Riding at Night
34. Riding in the Rain
35. Riding in Cold Weather
Enjoying Cycling
36. Commuting and Utility Cycling
37. Mountain Riding
38. Club Riding
39. Touring
40. Racing
41. Cycling with Love
Cycling in Society
42. How Society Pictures Cycling
43. BikeSafety Programs and the CyclistInferiority Phobia
44. The Federal "Safety" Standard for Bicycles
45. Revising the Laws to Control Cyclists
46. The Bikeway Controversy
47. The Minute Penalties for Killing Cyclists
48. Policies of Cycling Organizations and Bicycle Advocacy
Organizations
49.Political Strategy for Cyclists
AppendiXes
A Description of Effective Cycling Course
B Outline of Effective Cycling Course
c Final EXam for Effective Cycling Course
IndeX

What People are Saying About This

Bill Hoffman

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.

David Gordon Wilson

John Forester's Effective Cycling continues and expands his mission to make bicycling easy, enjoyable, rewarding and responsible. He recognizes that most US authorities 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.'

Endorsement

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, in 1988 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

Wayne Pein

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, in 1988 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.

From the Publisher

"John Forester's Effective Cycling continues and expands his mission to make bicycling easy, enjoyable, rewarding and responsible. He recognizes that most US authorities 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 Gordon Wilson, MIT Mechanical Engineering; author of Bicycling Science

"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 of American 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, in 1988 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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