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About the Author

I started road riding in 1982, my freshman year in college, and did my first USCF race in Austin, Texas, in 1984. I've followed my bicycle ever since. After living in Japan for close to ten years, I returned to the U.S. in 2000 with my wife and three children. In 2006 I moved to California, where I now practice law, blog, ride, and race my bike. My life is uni-dimensional, but after almost fifty years of trying and failing to find that mythical "well-balanced life," I've come to terms with it. In a very important sense, it's that single-mindedness that has made me such a devotee of the bike. If you're also drinking the Kool-Aid, you'll know exactly what I mean.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (August 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1492908258
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492908258
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,451,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By HD on August 22, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Dad, I read your book Cycling in the South Bay.

I laughed, a lot. I laughed, because you're one of the funniest writers I know, dead or alive, and when you put pencil to paper, or as was the case for this book, finger to keyboard, a kind of hilarity ensued that is unadulterated, unfiltered, and downright brilliant. Maybe it's because of the bitches brew of unbelievably real fictitious characters who you actually may or may not know in real life. Maybe it's because cycling is so obnoxious in so many ways, and you present it without any make-up in all its eccentric absurdities that I can't help but laugh at it like I always do. Maybe it's because you're just a funny guy who knows how to tell a funny story, which is how you've always been as far as I can remember.

I highlighted. I highlighted the shit out of that e-book, because there were too many great lines, from "He's from the Belgium, he's not so good on the English. The Belges are a little slow in the head," to "He's flailing, he's at the end of his rope, and in his case the fat lady not only sang but has gone home and taken a leisurely bath." I highlighted because you oscillated from comical to pensive, but the writing was always meaningful.

I cried. I cried because at a certain point the book was no longer about cycling, but something more than that. The characters had always been bigger-than-life, but then, the stories followed suit. I cried because I knew you cried when you wrote some of these chapters. I cried because I still think about Uncle Ian everyday, too. I cried because I could see you holding that hot cup of coffee burning away at your hand at the café, listening to the woman talk about her stupid life that wasn't stupid at all.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David C. on August 15, 2013
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The author has such a keen sense of observation and a true gift for writing. I have been reading his blog for over a year and I am always entertained. This book gives an entertaining take on the motley cast of characters that makes up the cycling community in the South Bay of LA.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By NewGirl on August 15, 2013
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What a RIDE/What a READ!!! I read Wankmeister's blog religiously, & here we have some of the best of the best. "You can't make this stuff up" ~ Seth is a BRILLIANT writer. This piece highlights the good, the bad, the poignant, the real life escapades of cyclist in the South Bay (aka everywhere.) If you ride, if you live with or know someone who rides, if you have any curiosity about cycling (anywhere) at all, take this e-book for a spin!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By barbara radnofsky on August 16, 2013
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A beautifully written story of sport, love, friendship, loss and triumph. The writing is first rate, injecting the reader inside the cycling world, with extraordinarily compelling characters who embody redemption through community, in laugh-out-loud vignettes realistically mixed with heartache. For the non cyclist, this is a chance to feel, for too short a time, the camaraderie of a special world.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mmx on November 1, 2013
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Books are meant to reflect our world, but the best ones trap our minds into doing their own extrapolations...

Seth Davidson has given us a collection of stories that comprise one entertaining and edifying book, but its the kind of book that all at once reflects his world AND our world, wherever we may live, and encourages us to do our own reflecting.

While Cycling in the South Bay looks at life through the prism of, well, cycling in the South Bay, the stories, anecdotes and exaggerations transcend the sport of cycling. In many ways, these are just metaphors for various facets of life. You will recognize the characters, because you know them from your own life. You will recognize the backdrops, because you have similar ones. You will recognize the pain, the glory and the banality, because you've seen, felt and heard them in your own life. You will recognize so many aspects of these anecdotes, and you will insert yourself in the milieu.

What you won't recognize is the style of the writing, because you have never come across the likes of it before. It's unique. It's entertaining at every turn, and it is anything but one dimensional, as the title erroneously suggests. The writing is genius on many levels. Seth is able to twist and bastardize metaphors in new and untold ways. He is able to convey obsession, love and perversions, as much as he is able to compel tears, hearty laughter and a real desire to understand the psyches of the author and his South Bay characters. The writing is so multifaceted--in tone, verbosity, simplicity, and eloquence--that you will wonder if it is possible that each of these stories was written by the same author. Such is the diversity and power that Seth's pen leverages.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By todd schoenbaum on August 15, 2013
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I not a religious man, but I think we have found the messiah. Sure, "cycling in the south bay" sounds innocent enough, but the truth is that this is simply the well worded musings of a madman; the likes of which would make Dante blush. Apparently this "South Bay" is an environment which nurtures masochists, wankers and eloquent prose.

TL/DR: You like cycling right? You like pain right? You like to laugh? Impress your friends, vanquish your enemies, and Buy the damn book!
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