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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.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Hilarious and entertaining to read "Velosophy" 17 février 2014
Par Andy - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Don't expect another "How-to" guide to ride a bicycle, training for the next big competition, or fixing your bike here. This book is almost all about what Grant Petersen coined as "Velosophy". I read through it in one Saturday afternoon and evening and had a blast, causing startling looks from my wife and neighbors because I was constantly LOL-ing by myself while staring on a little tablet [I got the Kindle Version]. Among other things I found out that I am an "Urban Lone Wolf" bike rider with a little bit of "Retro-grouch" in the mix :-) To find out in which biker category you belong (and much more) I recommend to read this book.

"Velosophy", as well as the kind of humor expressed by the author, might not be everybody's 'cup of tea'. Fortunately Amazon has a "look in" feature on most of the books and also delivers a free sample into your Kindle. I recommend to do that, and if you enjoy what's in the sample you also will enjoy reading the whole book. Very entertaining with bits of rather unusual information, especially concerning early biking history of the U.S.!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Great to see "The Snob" in book form 2 mai 2010
Par Steve Frazier - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
The Bike Snob writes a wickedly funny blog poking holes in practically every pretension in the cycling world. His blog careens unexpectedly between the worlds of pro cycling, hipsters, fixed gear bikes, Craigslist ads and the indignity of bike commuting (especially in New York). He never runs out of targets -- the studied poses of various cycling subcultures has given him an unending stream of targets.

In print -- both in his columns in Bicycling Magazine, and now in this book -- he's a bit toned done. In order to reach a broader audience, his writing is a little more accessible, with fewer self-referential, super-inside jokes that propel the humor in his blog. In print, the satire is still there, but the very sharpest edges have been softened a bit.

What's left is a still-funny survey of the world of bicycling in America -- from a brief history of cycling, to a tour of the various cycling subcultures, to some guidance on how to perform basic bike maintenance tasks. The Snob also addresses the "real world" of urban cycling today: what it's like to try to control your temper when a car nearly kills you in traffic, or how to stay warm and dry in a winter rain. And although The Snob avoids organized "bicycle advocacy" efforts (and explains why in his book), he manages to deliver some solid pro-bicycle messages of his own: "Telling cyclists to get out of the road is like telling women to get of the voting booth and go back into the kitchen, or telling Japanese-American people to 'Go back to China.' The ignorance inherent in the statement is almost more offensive than the sentiment behind it."

While he's at it, he tries to knock some sense into cyclists themselves -- questioning the sanity of riding brakeless track bikes on the street, for example, and poking fun at the marketing-driven compulsion of "roadies" to endlessly upgrade their bikes (especially those that are most likely to get stolen anyway).

Some overall themes that emerge are encouraging to the newcomer ("get out and ride"), while persuading the cycling-obsessed to take themselves (and their bikes) a bit less seriously. (He holds a special disdain for "bicycle fetishists" who are more focused on their gear than on riding: "They keep their bicycles clean all the time, they fear scratches like they're herpes, and they don't ever ride in the rain...so their bikes won't get dirty or rusty. They're like the people who collect toys but don't remove them from the package so as not to diminish their value." )

The book is a must-buy for fans of the blog, and great gift for the cyclist in your family.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Freeloading Roadie/Lone Wolf 27 octobre 2016
Par L.Artemisia - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
A light fun look at the multifaceted world of cycling. The larger purpose of the book is to simply ride, regardless of the stripe you embrace.
I have been riding a 1970 Bianchi out in the country for decades a rip van winkle of cycling who had no idea how cycling had evolved until I moved to Austin. This book has wittily and hilariously helped clairfy the various displines and why I get stares from the A team Roadie riders. (I thought sequined tops from vintage evening gowns would make me more visable while in traffic in bike lanes.) I have updated to a Cipollini Seaco era Cannondale down to the yellow tires like his 1998-2000. I am letting my freak flag fly in Austin and no one has used the "L" word to me anyway!
I will be referencing your observations often!!! Witty, fun, and bang on.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Very very astute. And very very funny. 25 octobre 2012
Par Lugep - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
My wife recently bought me this book for my birthday, keeping up with my ever increasing interest in cycling for pleasure. Perhaps her purchase was spurred on by my compatriot, Bradley Wiggins, recent Tour de France win and my obsession with tracking my rides on my beloved single speed bike on my iPhone.

For some reason she did not think I would like this book; was unsure if I would like the writing style or content. She could not have been more wrong. On a plane heading to London, I was conscious of laughing out loud at page after page. The Bike Snob is very funny. Whether discussing the history of biking or classifying various types of urban cyclist, his relaxed and humorous style really works. Throughout however the Bike Snob's passion for cycling ties together his often wandering stream of consciousness narratives. I read Bicyling magazine, but in the Bike Snob I recognized myself, a shared love of cycling around Manhattan and Brooklyn for no other reason than to be out on a bike (Bike Snob is a New Yorker), and someone who is not above being honest about something so simple, cheap and easily accessible.

A superbly written, funny book.

(I now read the Bike Snob's blog religiously too).
5.0 étoiles sur 5 What Cycling has to Say about the American Way of Life 13 août 2014
Par Kindle Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
The Bike Snob may not be a world-class racer or the owner of a bike shop specializing in custom built frames, but in his survey of the bike world of New York City, he comes across as someone who certainly knows a lot about bikes and the larger cultural context in which which bikes play their (unfortunately too small) role. The Bike Snob is a citizen advocate for cycling, committed to making it a bigger part of American life. He has a visceral disdain for the car-obsessed aspect of American identity. At the same time, the Snob's acerbic wit can be seen as a humbling and refreshing restorative when it's directed at the many deformities and stupidities that arise within the bike world itself. This book is for anyone who wishes (for some odd reason) to be culturally informed about the American cyclist. The focus on biking in New York City may result in a few distortions or omissions if you're a cyclist from some other region of the US (for example, as a cyclist in Wisconsin, collisions with animals has to be one of the top hazards of biking . . . though it doesn't make the Snob's list), but all in all, this book is treasure for anyone who has a fondness for bicycles . . . or who has some issues with American urban "planning" and the kind of social pathologies it has engendered.
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