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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (May 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609617436
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609617431
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #446,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Bike Tribes...is a field guide to pedal pushers. Even more, it's an entertaining catalog of two-wheeled snobbery." -- OUTSIDE MAGAZINE

About the Author

MIKE MAGNUSON is the author of Lummox: The Evolution of a Man and Heft on Wheels: A Field Guide to Doing a 180. He is a longtime contributing writer with Bicycling and lives in Oshkosh, WI.

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A great read for cyclists.
David Cochran
I'm not sure if this was an indication of a general lack of knowledge and disregard for reality on the author's part or another aspect of his stereotyping.
Louis Mauriello
Enjoyed reading and sharing with our friends.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By scpalmetto on June 18, 2012
Format: Hardcover
First and foremost, I really enjoyed this book. Bike Tribes was a quick read, only took me roughly two sittings to finsh, and was predictable within the sterotypes of the wide spectrum of cyclists. I did not purchase the book, but found the book at my local library. The way the entire group of cyclists represented were all from the same fictional town setting added to flow of the book greatly. I would recommend Bike Tribes to other cyclists who enjoy a good laugh at each others expense.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jobarda on July 14, 2012
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This book keeps it light and doesn't take itself too seriously, all the while being an entertaining read. As another reviewer stated this is a short read, probably about 3-4 hours tops.

If you are already a member of one of these "tribes" chances are you aren't going to be learning anything new about the other "tribes" discussed. Alot of this is regurgitated stereotypes but put into an entertaining format by loosely interweaving the interactions of the members of each group. The illustrations and descriptions of each group were especially entertaining to me and rang pretty true about most of these groups.

I'd say the book was an entertaining enough read but did seem a bit short and not fully fleshed out. Overall, this is a great light-hearted quick read and proved entertaining to me as a recent bicycle commuter convert.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Doctor Moss on November 22, 2012
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A fast, pleasant read. There's nothing especially deep about Mike Magnuson's portrayals of the different types of cyclists -- everything from hardcore roadies, to commuters, to beach cruisers, to BMX riders, and mechanics and store managers thrown in for the heck of it. But it's fun to reflect on all the different types of riders and how you may or may not fit the stereotypes.

Magnuson has an easy writing style. He's written novels (notably The Right Man for the Job) and, more relevantly, many contributions to Bicycling magazine and other cycling and outdoor sports related magazines. Here he won't challenge you as a reader. He may make you cringe a bit if you find yourself closely resembling one or another of his sketches of cycling types, but, even there, he sticks to the positive -- he's no Bike Snob NYC.

I read the book in a couple of pretty short sessions, on rainy no-riding days. A nice diversion, nothing more, nothing less. If you want something more biting, try Bike Snob.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Michael Hancock on June 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Let me first say that I generally like Magnuson's writing style, and enjoyed Heft on Wheels: A Field Guide to Doing a 180 quite a bit. That said, while this book has an interesting premise, he completely phoned-in the execution. He took a bunch of worn-out stereotypes (snobby roadies, triathletes who hate to ride, laid-back mountain bikers...) and tied them together loosely. Did this book need to be written? Was it worth the price? Did I learn anything? The answer is a resounding no.

Take your money and spend it on something infinitely more useful, like bicycle chain oil or bar tape.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul M. Molnar on September 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Mike Magnuson is, among other things, a regular contributor to Bicycling Magazine. This is where I became familiar with his writing. I've now read a few of his books and was eager to pick this one up. He has an simple, but artful, way with words that he uses to great effect here to gently lampoon the various groups of cyclists that he calls "Tribes". If you are a cyclist yourself, I'll bet you will see yourself in one (or more)of these Tribes. If not, you will certainly recognize some of the other two-wheeled types around you. If cycling has any interest for you at all, then "Bike Tribes: A Field Guide to North American Cyclists" is well worth your time. It is an entertaining, breezy read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lilli on June 28, 2013
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Cute. It can come across as condescending, but there's a grain of truth in most of the highly stylized summaries of cycling types.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Cochran on February 16, 2013
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A great read for cyclists. Lots will enjoy it. I think more riders should read it to get an idea of how they are perceived
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jaymobutterball on November 20, 2012
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Wonderful description of any and all forms of riding a bicycle. It's awesome to read and see different perspectives, especially after diving into so many forms myself. Great piece of recreational reading.
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