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The Enlightened Cyclist: Commuter Angst, Dangerous Drivers, and Other Obstacles on the Path to Two-Wheeled Trancendence Hardcover – March 21, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (March 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452105006
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452105000
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Weiss is a Brooklyn-based cyclist and writer. His book is 240 pages of optimism hidden in snark, of hope cloaked in sarcasm, and it's full of sometimes scathing, always accurate cycling observations that occasionally border on genius....But for all its sardonic wit - and there is a lot of it - "The Enlightened Cyclist'' at its core is an honest look at a growing culture of bicycle commuters vying for a slice of the road in a car-dominated culture that still considers the bicycle an "alternative'' means of transportation. Mixed into the snark stew is a plea for commuters of all stripes - pedestrian, cyclist and driver - simply to get along." - The Unnamed Cyclist

According to the irreverent Bike Snob NYC (Bike Snob: Systematically and Mercilessly Realigning the World of Cycling), the nom de guerre of Eben Weiss, the main thing commuters want is "To be happy, and to not get killed." And in this hilarious faux-epic volume, the author uses the Bible as a loose template for how cyclists and cars can, and should, all get along. Though there's some take-home advice, such as driving behaviors to avoid and which kind of bike to buy, most of the book is a rollicking window into urban cycling from a self-professed "smug dork." There are several extended glossaries--in the annals of Annoying Cyclist Behavior, Weiss describes the differences between "salmoning," "shoaling," and "wheelsucking." And sidebars include Understanding Bipedal Idiocy and The Dachshund of Time. Occasionally, the author flips into an earnest, philosophical voice; though his description of his experience on 9/11 and his rant about the pointlessness of dressing up for work are thought-provoking, their tone is somewhat out of place in what is, at heart, a truly fun and witty ride. The book shines when the author combines his self-deprecation on behalf of all cyclists ("we are kind of the nerds in the school cafeteria of transportation") with heavier topics ("when it comes to integrating our transportation, we're as closed-minded as the racists of yesteryear"), creating a call to arms for the ultimate commuting goals: transcendence and "highways of happiness." - Publishers Weekly

About the Author

BikeSnobNYC (a.k.a. Eben Weiss) is the blogger behind bikesnobnyc.blogspot.com, a massively popular cycling blog. He also writes a monthly column in Bicycling magazine. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Highly recommended to cyclists, and anyone else who is looking for a quick laugh.
Seth Daniels
Like the title says, it was an OK read that unfortunately didn't have me laughing out loud as much as with his first book.
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That makes sense because this book has a sort of tangent rambling to it that feels like reading a blog.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By David Steffen on July 3, 2012
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I am a huge fan of Bike Snob's blog and loved his first book and so eagerly looked forward to this one. It is the only physical book (as opposed to Kindle edition) I purchased this year because I wanted this book to sit on my bookshelf. Sadly, I was very disappointed. There is nothing wrong with this book, I certainly wasn't offended by it, but it just wasn't funny. It was so not funny that about half way through I stopped and wondered if I had gotten it wrong, if in fact it was supposed to be a serious book. Unfortunately, there simply isn't enough substance to support a serious book. By all means, read Bike Snob's blog and buy his first book. I suggest skipping this one and hoping the next is better.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Emily J. Morris VINE VOICE on June 24, 2012
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I wanted to like this book. I'm a novice cyclist who enjoys using a bike for commutes, when permittable, and I also enjoy books that are funny and can intelligently rip into a culture. However, "The Enlightened Cyclist" fails. Instead of anything funny, smart, or even useful, this book is mainly just a writer trying to see how many gags he can yank out of groups of people.

A few pokes at cycling stereotypes? Fine. But the author goes overboard with that to the point I felt sorry for each and every group, and when that's done he has the audacity to declare religion false, as if that has anything to do with the point of this book. Frankly, I'm left with the feeling that I should be considered stupid for being spiritual, interested in the environment, or even a bike owner. There's a fine line between being funny and intelligently honest and just being plain mean.

The writing itself seems to depend on being snappy. Yes, the author is a fine writer who can certainly turn a phrase, but his problem is that he ultimately has nothing to say. Thirty pages in and I'm already sick of his complaints and advice and their heaping dose of "Look how funny I can be!"

The book was ultimately disappointing, and I'm pretty sure I got a headache from just trying to read it. This might be ultimately for the cycling cult, but I found it a waste of time.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jason Stokes VINE VOICE on March 12, 2012
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This is a quite clever book. It's written in an easy, conversational style, like you'd expect to see in a less formal format. I liked that, especially when dealing with the subject matter. More importantly, I felt it a fair discussion of cycling as *a* mode of transport. Instead of being rah-rah pro cycling all the time, or boo cars, the author takes a pragmatic view - bicycles, cars, walking, buses, etc., are all viable alternative tools for the right job. He also discusses the common pitfalls bikers run into- from people following too close, to salmoning, to some idiot drivers.

Overall, it's written by a biker, for a bike loving crowd. I did really appreciate the fair-minded approach, and I think even non-cyclists would get something from reading this book - a better understanding of cycling and the particular pitfalls that come with it.
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful By ONENEO VINE VOICE on February 29, 2012
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The way I figure it, there are likely two types of individual considering purchasing this book: Those who are already aware of Bike Snob NYC's writing and those who are not but are looking for some cycling-related literature. To that end, familiarizing one's self with the Snob's plethora of material is as simple as a web search of his name as his meteoric rise to fame is the direct result of a long-running blog on the subject of bicycle commuting (and here you thought he just had a cool name).

I cannot confess prior fandom of Mr. Eben (Bike Snob NYC) Weiss' work though certainly found it entertaining enough in the multitude of periodicals I frequent that run his editorials (among them Time, Outside and Bicycling). As editor of a mountain bike publication myself, commuting through the cityscape obviously isn't my main concern on keeping up with the cycling scene. However, since decent bike-related literature is few and far between, I figured I would give The Enlightened Cyclist a chance.

As one might expect after browsing Bike Snob's blog, the book is a first-person affair, written in Weiss' trademarked sardonic tone. While some may find his sarcasm a bit too overdone by the conclusion of the book's 220-pages, I personally felt as though the author allows his humanity to shine through a bit more persuasively here than in many of his columns/ blog posts.

Without giving up too much of the structure/ plot, The Enlightened Cyclist is designed to spoof a religious tome in its construction. In fact, as the name of the book suggests, the goal here is to present a path to enlightenment as seen entirely from the perspective of a New York City commuter.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jordan on July 25, 2012
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This book was really disappointing. I'm a huge fan of the blog, and a long time bike commuter. I always get a kick out of his humor when I read the blog, but the book just failed to find that sweet spot. It's basically a bizarre combination of unfunny pop-culture references, religion bashing, and complaining about being a bicyclist. Hey, don't get me wrong, people salmoning, shoaling, and riding without lights drives me crazy too; I like to chuckle at "Freds" - and I usually get a good laugh out of it when he blogs about the stuff. But the book just falls flat.

Stick with the blog and you can't go wrong, but you're not missing anything in "The Enlightened Cyclist."
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