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Product Details

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Satya House Publications (November 23, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972919155
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972919159
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the book that belongs on every cyclist's coffee table. The laugh-out-loud comics weaved between articles about cycling's bests makes flipping through this book addictive. It reads like an early season's ride; with each crank of a page, you will be reminded of why you absolutely love cycling. Flip through and see for yourself. --Nancy Henderson, Nationals Level Triathlete Fat Rabbit Race and Countryside Cycling Racing

Cartoons are among my dearest friends. They make me laugh, they make me think, and they make me money. So I am glad to see the guys hard at work in The Bicycle Book: Wit, Wisdom and Wanderings, even if none of them are working for me. Chapeau to Andy Singer, Neal Skorpen and the rest of my fellow scribblers included here, and to Jim Joyce for bringing them all together. --Patrick O'Grady, cartoonist for VeloNews and Bicycle Retailer & Industry News

This is a book for people who love cycling. And although I had a few suspicions at first, I must finally have become a real cyclist, because I enjoyed this book. . . . It's the sort of book that you leave lying around and dip into from time to time. For avid cyclists, it's a worthwhile read. --Densie Wrathall, Momentum Magazine

About the Author

Jim Joyce is the founder of The Bicycle Exchange, a.k.a. Bikexchange.com. He is also a teacher of visually impaired adults and children. He donates 15% of his royalties in equal shares to SoldierRide, the League of American Bicyclists, and the United States Association of Blind Athletes' tandem cycling program.

Customer Reviews

This is a nice little book, but not quite what I was expecting.
Dave
The combination of cartoons and wonderful stories make this collection a must read for all those who ride and love bicycles.
Jeffrey Fritts
I recommend this book for cycling enthusiasts of all denominations.
StdPudel

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By StdPudel VINE VOICE on November 21, 2007
Format: Paperback
This deceptively slim volume would make a great gift for any avid cyclist. Judging from the essays in The Bicycle Book, some introspection is inevitable over the miles. Any cyclist is bound to find at least one kindred spirit among the dozen or so men and women who lend their voices to this collection.

At this point in my life my bicycling is more theoretical than actual, but this book vividly recalled to me how liberating my bike was for me and of the times I appreciated choosing it over the car. The cyclists in this book are an unpretentious, scruffy bunch who are passionate about bikes and biking. Collectively they make it clear you don't need the latest 36-speed bike and lurid spandex outfit to be counted among their ranks - any bike will do as long as you love it and love riding it.

The Bicycle Book is divided into three sections, as the subtitle suggests. The third section, "Wanderings" is the longest and my favorite. I enjoyed journeying in spirit with each essayist. Because of the self-contained nature of each essay, it makes great bedtime reading: low stress and lots of logical stopping points.

I recommend this book for cycling enthusiasts of all denominations. As a nice touch, the author is donating 15% of his proceeds to three charities, including Soldier Ride, an adaptive cycling program for wounded soldiers.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By J. Blilie on April 24, 2010
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I am an enthusiastic bicyclist and reader. I've ridden a bike around the world for two years, self-supporting (OK, the two of us did use airplanes and boats between the bits of rideable land.) I used to commute to work by bike (no longer practical with kids). I've built my bikes up from bare frames. I build my own wheels. I've had a custom bike built for me. Riding is my exercise of choice, weather permitting. I've read hundreds of non-fiction books, quite a few of them about cycling and/or travel. Who knows how many thousands of miles I've put under my wheels. I enjoy watching the Tour de France. Enough on credentials.

I did not like this book. I thought I would; the other reviews certainly pointed that way. I kept flipping ahead, seeing if anything enjoyable would come along. The next-to-last article was the only one I found fairly worthwhile: A travelogue of a couple's trip across the USA. (But they were so concerned about putting miles under the wheels, it seemed like it was just a trial, a stunt, to them, with no enjoyment (for the reader either.) Did they see anything besides their handlebars?

This is all "inside baseball." It's all inside jokes (wit), inside signals and navel-gazing (wisdom). If you are not a serious bicycling enthusiast (and even then) I doubt you would find much of interest here. This is what happens when the local bike club decides to self-publish. Amateurish throughout. Just not very interesting to read. Reads like webpage entries: choppy, disconnected, which I think the great bulk of the book was originally.

All in all, I wish I'd spent the $11 on a couple of beers down the pub instead.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Janet R. Haber on December 4, 2007
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Wit, Wisdom & Wanderings is a collection of stories, cartoons, essays and interviews that address all aspects of bike riding. It surely belongs in the collection of everybody who ever set foot to pedal.

The wit in the title is abundantly demonstrated in six essays by Gianna Bellofatto (aka Joan Reid, Feature Editor of The Nyack Villager) and author of the column, Life Is a Bike. In one of her essays she hands down the Laws of Cycling: "Fourth Law: You can never get lost while riding a bike; your ride is merely extended. ... Sixth Law: You always look younger on a bicycle."

Other contributions include sports writer Scott Roberts' interview wth Lance Armstrong's coach, a husband and wife's journal of their tandem bike ride from Washington State to New Jersey (3,710 miles accomplished in forty-seven days), Pulitzer Prize-winning author Thomas Hylton, with his thoughts on bicycle-friendly communities. There are predictions on the future of bicycling and thoughtful commentary on the sport and pastime--even tidbits for non-bikers; we learn that cyclists affectionately refer to their bikes as wire donkeys and each other as gear heads.

This book is a treasure for the cyclists on your holiday gift list.The Bicycle Book: Wit, Wisdom & Wanderings
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Diana Bitritto on May 16, 2008
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This book is one of the best $14.95 investments I've ever made, full of wonderful essays and cartoons, such as:

--John Stuart Clark, a Scotsman who describes riding through a violent storm in Wyoming and then his adventures riding with his wife through the Sahara.

--Ella Lawrence's observations of the various multinational fans attending the Amstel Gold Bike Race in the Netherlands.

--Gianna Bellofatto's "Life is a Bike" series on life, love, and bicycling.

--Rhona & Dave Fritsch's account of their 3710-mile cross-country tandem journey from Washington State to Ocean City, NJ.

The Delaware County Bicycle Club's "Bonkers" cartoon character's two-wheeled adventures (and misadventures).

"The Bicycle Book: Wit, Wisdom & Wanderings" is a must for any bicyclist's library!
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