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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Wilderness Press; 1 edition (May 14, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976951622
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976951629
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #773,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paul Diamond grew up in Washington, D.C. where he had his own break dance crew, did an internship for then senate majority leader Bob Dole, and then sang in a punk band (in that order). He worked as a photojournalist for United Press International in Pittsburgh and later taught writing at Ohio University and later at Tulane University. He spent five summers leading packs of kids at surf camps in Hawaii, Costa Rica, and Baja California. He now lives in Seattle and works as an editor.

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Great short adventure stories about cycling.
R. Haight
I don't get the 5 star ratings, those people must be very easily amused.
Hendrik Vanbeek
Highly recommended to the cycling enthusiast.
Earth Tone

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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Chris Coulston on January 23, 2008
Format: Paperback
Unfortunatly, the essays don't have the upbeat humor of the first story of an over zealous triathlete in a spinning class. Thinking that this would be a lot of funny biking stories I bought it. Wish I hadn't. Why?

The story of two guys who decided to throw tacks in front of a women's peloton so the could "come to the rescue of damsels in distress" just pissed me off. The story about people being run over by cars during a cross country ride made me want to give up biking. Oh, then theres the photo crash montage showing someone in mid-flight who died as a result of the crash. Seriously thats just F---ed.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Earth Tone on September 10, 2007
Format: Paperback
I got a chance to read this while on vacation recently. This collection of stories is chock full of variety. I laughed out loud at the image of the cyclist screaming along with a giant rat that hitched a ride. I imagined the strangeness of being confronted by a wild bull while delirious and dehydrated in the Great Basin of Canada, and found cause for reflection of life's fragility in the heartbreaking story of the ride instructor who lost two companions to inattentive drivers. This book may very well make you laugh, cry, and hurl. Highly recommended to the cycling enthusiast.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark Isaacson on February 19, 2008
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I was skeptical to purchasing this book as the title alone does not say much. However, being the bike geek that I am, I took the chance and this was by far one of the best book buys of 2007. Think of it like that movie you never heard anything about and then buy a ticket, only to have it turn out to be one of the best films ever. In all honestly, I am not yet finished with the book yet (saving it for an upcoming long flight) but so far, it has had me laughing out load on several occasions... And I don't laugh out load.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Wadle on March 20, 2008
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This book had me laughing so hard by the second story, that I thought I would cry. Many of the stories are very funny, a few are a little weird, and some are downright scary. A true treasure trove for someone who reads and rides.

However, I also agree with the earlier review that the photo of the fatal attempt to jump the Great Wall should not be included in the book, or at least addressed in a different fashion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. Humbert on July 16, 2008
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I laughed, I cried. What more can you expect from a book about the sport you love?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Marchand on March 7, 2008
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There aren't too many books about bicycling, so I'll take whatever I can get. But most of the stories in this collection are just mediocre. A couple are truly poorly written. However, if you can wade through all of them, you'll find a couple true gems. The story about a bike ride through New Orleans only months after Katrina was my favorite. The short one about a man's first indoor spinning class had me laughing out loud. Buy it and then pass it on to a friend. It won't be a book you'll want to reread.
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By Vernon L Jacobsen on March 14, 2014
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Lots of fun reading about innocent bike rides that turn scary and sometimes very dangerous. Makes you want to hop right on your bike and take off for the unknown!
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By dancer on January 10, 2014
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I enjoyed this book. I'm a cyclist and have done many of the trips, so it might be more interesting to me than to others
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