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Bike Snob: Systematically and Mercilessly Realigning the World of Cycling


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ISBN13: 9780811869980
ISBN10: 0811869989
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nicholas_sorenson, September 20, 2011 (view all comments by nicholas_sorenson)
This book is very entertaining. The author goes over all sorts of different aspects of riding and how people view bike riders. If you ride, this book is a must have.
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roger noehren, June 10, 2010 (view all comments by roger noehren)
Eben Weiss has written an entertaining and informative book which is a worthy addition to bicycling literature. While lampooning hipsters, fixies & "bike culture" he advocates cycling everywhere, everyday in all but the worst weather and gives practical and insightful tips on how to get out there and do it.

The first thing that I noticed about the book was that the illustration of the road bike on the cover is reversed, so the drive train is on the left. This is the only bicycling book that I am aware of that has committed this faux pas since Tom Cuthbertson's classic "Better Bikes" (1980). This is not uncommon in catalogs such as J Crew & fashion ads, but on the cover of a book called "Bike Snob"...but we're always told not to judge a book by its cover - or the reviews on the back: The editor at large of Bicycling (the magazine with all the car ads that focuses on the sport of cycling and virtually ignores the use of bicycles for transportation) recommends gifting the book to "all new cyclers". Good idea, because in the text of the book, Eben Weiss is consistent in using the term "cyclist" and referring to bicycles as "vehicles" (that belong on the road, unless there is a better alternative). The reversed image technique is also used by the illustrator on the endpapers (which features a roadster with a fully enclosed chain guard on the left side among other obviously flipped images of classic bikes) and elsewhere in the book.

I would recommend giving this book to anyone you know who has a bike that they rarely if ever ride. Judging by the dearth of cyclists on Portland's streets over the (admittedly wetter than usual) past month, I dare say that there are a lot of people who call them self cyclists who should at least read the section on "Weather Pain" (and how to deal with it).

It's also a good read for anyone who rides regularly and is as thrilled as I am at the growing popularity and acceptance of cycling by the main stream and enjoys a caustic social commentary.
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NYC, BikeSnob
Chronicle Books (CA)
Koelle, Christopher
Weiss, Eben
Koelle, Christopher
Cycling - General
Sports and Fitness-Bicycling General
General Transportation
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
from 13 up to 17
, Y
7.14x6.32x.84 in. .91 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18 up to 99

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Product details 222 pages Chronicle Books - English 9780811869980 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

If the byzantine world of cycling has a cultural critic, it is the Snob. From hipster-infested Williamsburg he blows darts at the over-inflated egos of cyclists everywhere. This book is the much-needed distillation of his cycling wisdom. Read it and be enlightened.

"Review" by , "Bike Snob should be lovingly gifted to all new cyclers — and forcefully smacked against the heads of all the jaded know-it-alls who take the sport way too seriously."
"Review" by , "As any avid biker will attest, cycling isn’t just a form of transportation. It’s a complicated culture with its own slang, taxonomy, and preferred tat styles. If you haven’t read Bike Snob, you should consider reattaching those training wheels to your overpriced fixie."
"Review" by , "I like to think I know a thing or two (or three) about being ruthless and relentless — either trying to win the Tour or fighting cancer. The Snob knows it too. Keeping us dorks in line is tough work. I take pleasure in getting picked on by the Snob, slightly more pleasure in reading his writing, but take the most pleasure punishing his ass (my payback) on the bike either in Central Park or on 9W/River Road. Long live the Snob."
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