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Road rash is a precious gift. Road rash is your friend.

Bask in it, appreciate it, love it. Above all, learn from it.

The bicyclist is under attack from all directions - the streets are ragged, the air is poison, and the drivers are angry. As if that werent enough, the urban cyclist must carry the weight of history along on every ride.

After a brief heyday at the turn of the twentieth century, American cyclists fell out of the social consciousness, becoming an afterthought when our cities were planned and built. Cyclists today are left to navigate, like rats in a sewer, through a hard and unsympathetic world that was not made for them. Yet, with the proper attitude and a bit of knowledge, urban cyclists can thrive in this hostile environment.

Author Robert Hurst dismantles the experience of urban cycling, slides it under the microscope, and examines it piece by piece. The primary concern of this book is safety, but Hurst goes well beyond the usual tips and how-to, revealing the bicycles historical truths and its pivotal role in the origin of the automobile, the psychology of blame and responsibility, the social advantage of communicating solidarity with drivers, and the economics of riding a bike. This book empowers readers with the big picture of bicycling - and gives riders useful insights to ponder while pedaling their next commute or grocery run. Riding a bike will never be the same.

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The Urban Cycling Manual dismantles the urban bicycling experience and slides it under the microscope, piece by piece. The book's primary concern is safety, but this book goes well beyond the usual tips and how-to, diving in to the realms of history, psychology, sociology, and economics. It empowers readers with the Big Picture of urban cycling--and gives urban cyclists many useful insights to consider while pedaling the next commute or grocery run.

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The Urban Cycling Manual dismantles the urban bicycling experience and slides it under the microscope piece by piece The books primary concern is safety but this book goes well beyond the usual tips and how-to diving in to the realms of history psyc

About the Author

Robert Hurst is a native Coloradan who is just happy to be in one piece after working for seven years as a professional bike messenger in Denver. He celebrates his continued survival by spending time in the mountains, and by riding the world's most excellent trails. He is also the author of Mountain Biking Colorado's San Juan Mountains.

Table of Contents

(1) Understanding Cities (2) The City Surface (3) Air Pollution and the Urban Cyclist (4) In Traffic (5) On the Bike (6) Equipment Issues (7) Other Issues

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hdesousa, December 6, 2007 (view all comments by hdesousa)
The best "how to" cycling book out there.
I've bought several copies for myself, strategically placed to rarely be far from one. Having ridden in cities for over 40 years, I still found every page, in fact almost every paragraph contained a pearl. Pros and cons of controversial issues are presented, and with excellent references, making the author's recommendations so much more authoritative.
Two of many examples: The helmet controversy is addressed, including most the anti-helmet arguments, yet concludes: "Wear a helmet, but don't let it get to your head", which encompasses the notion of 'risk compensation' without directly mentioning it (which would have opened up a real Pandora's box).
Mirrors are credited with negating some of the need to look back, but yet Hurst tellingly mentions "Turning back can have almost the same effect as a turn signal".
There are literally hundreds of similar insights to safe riding.
Safety is the first priority throughout the book, yet it's much too inspiring and humorous to be treated as an instruction manual.
Recommended without any reservation!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780762727834
Subtitle:
Lessons from the Street
Foreword:
Streb, Marla
Foreword:
Streb, Marla
Author:
Streb, Marla
Author:
Hurst, Robert
Publisher:
FalconGuides
Location:
Guilford, Conn.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Cycling
Subject:
City traffic
Subject:
Cycling - General
Subject:
General Transportation
Edition Number:
First edition
Edition Description:
First
Series Volume:
01-03
Publication Date:
20040701
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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The Urban Cycling Manual dismantles the urban bicycling experience and slides it under the microscope, piece by piece. The book's primary concern is safety, but this book goes well beyond the usual tips and how-to, diving in to the realms of history, psychology, sociology, and economics. It empowers readers with the Big Picture of urban cycling--and gives urban cyclists many useful insights to consider while pedaling the next commute or grocery run.

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