Bike Tribes: A Field Guide to North American Cyclists
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- Bike Tribes A Field Guide
- Mike Magnuson
- Outdoor Ethics And Wisdom
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A hilarious and essential illustrated field guide that breaks down the tribes of the bicycling community: from the spandex-clad weekend warriors to the hipsters on street bikes who love to laugh at each other (and themselves)
Anyone who rides a bike knows the bicycling world is made up of tribes. From tattooed messengers to pretty urban hipsters to grouchy shop owners, they may look like they live on different planets, but they are united by their abiding love of bikes―and often their total disdain of other members of this insular world.
Bike Tribes is the Preppy Handbook of bicycling, replete with one-of-a-kind illustrations that taxonomize the special habits, clothing, preferences, and predilections of cyclists.
Mike Magnuson, an avid rider, bicycling expert, and longtime contributor to Bicycling magazine, covers the basics of racing, etiquette, and apparel and gear, including running commentary on cycling culture, poking holes in practically every pretension in the cycling world. Bike Tribes is a fun romp through the various subcultures in the bike community―bound to appeal to newcomers and grizzled cyclists alike.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
I'm sorry to say that I received little of what I was hoping for.
The idea was good, the execution wasn't, in my opinion Mr. Magnuson had a great idea for a magazine article, and then made that idea into a book, the idea is better served in a much shorter format.
There were a few clever thoughts, and good ideas in here, but they were few and far between
I don't want to demean anyone's efforts, writing a book, and getting it published is a major accomplishment, kudo's for that.
Mr. Magnuson obviously loves cycling, as I do, again, great idea, but really repetitious.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Entertaining and fun to read - for cyclists and non-cyclists. Might make a good gift for any bicyclist.Published 8 months ago by bk
Not for the thin skinned or those who take themselves to seriously. Figure out which "Tribe" you belong to and prepare to laugh at yourself. I enjoyed this book.Published 10 months ago by James A. Timm
Light hearted look at the cycling community and all of it different aspects. A fun read, every cyclists should read this.Published 11 months ago by Fred
Badly written and condescending view on cyclists. Was not worth the evening spent reading, only good thing is that it is rather short.Published 16 months ago by John Olander
not really useful info but .... very funny for bikers - useful for jokes only - fun to readPublished 19 months ago by silicon valley user
Nothing really special, but written with some flair and sense of humour. I had plenty of fun reading it casually - while in a bus, on boring meeting, seating you know where ;) etc.Published 21 months ago by vsl
Nothing of any redeeming value, buy it cheap so you won't weap and then pass it along. Not a keeperPublished on February 12, 2014 by Nottingham Proe
Anyone that rides can relate to this book. The author covers the major clans in the bike world, and you know someone that fits in 90% of the groups, you will find your group if you... Read morePublished on October 25, 2013 by Rhoadgunner