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Justin Belmont is a former editor of Bicycling Magazine. He is a lifetime writer, poet, and cyclist.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Breakaway Books; First Edition edition (May 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1891369563
  • ISBN-13: 978-1891369568
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,460,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After those long rides, do you find yourself inarticulate, reduced to cliché or worse: "Great ride, dude - we pounded pavement today." How about amazing your friends with phrases like this one, from Puritan Against the Wind, by Gus Ferguson: "When every pedal stroke's a bore / When bum and back and neck are sore / When flesh is mortified for sure, / Then, I believe, my soul will soar."

The Art of Bicycling: a Treasury of Poems (Breakaway Books 2005), edited by former Bicycling Magazine assistant editor Justin Belmont, is a moving collection of bicycling poetry covering the entire history of transcendence in the two-wheeled saddle. Remember all those epiphanies you've had hammering uphill under a hot sun 70 miles into a century, or gliding down through freezing rain, eyes tearing? No? That's ok - someone else wrote them down, and they're in this book. As Justin says in the Introduction, The Art of Bicycling is "[n]ot just [about] the machine itself, in its bare essential elements, its crank and sprocket clusters, but the range of joys and pains and memories it inspires in . . . the psyche of the cyclist."

Disclaimer: one of my poems is in here. But, being a poet, I don't actually get paid, so big deal. And, I am capable of being critical: Justin didn't put in two of my poems.

Actually, he didn't put in two of anybody's, except for that world-renowned sprinter, Anonymous. But he did put in poems by Walt Whitman, Dylan Thomas, C.K. Williams, Rita Dove, Seamus Heaney, William Stafford, Yevgeny Yevtushenko, and other famous poets you may not recognize. Plus, there are lots of folks like me with day jobs. Who are these people?
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I write poetry, even cycling poems, and this book is an inspiration.

It covers the entire history of cycling.

It is not just about the bike, however, but also about the experience of cycling itself in all its variety.

A wonderful read.
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