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Effective Cycling: 6th Edition sixth edition Edition
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But as I began to incorporate these subtle changes in my own riding the results were amazing. My relationship with car drivers completely changed. Instead of interacting with them once in a while -- only when necessary -- I became an integrated participant with the rest of traffic.
It is impossible to explain in words how just subtle lane positioning changes, and a new attitude, can make such a radical difference in one's cycling experience in traffic. But consider what Forester conveys in this simple statement: "Between intersections, position yourself according to speed; at intersections, position yourself according to destination". You may think you do this already, but based on the fact that I almost never see any cyclists do this consistently, I can almost assure you that you don't. And I'm not talking about kids and "recreational cyclists". I'm talking about experienced commuters, and experienced club riders and racers. Only a very small percentages of cyclists actually behave like a (slow) vehicle driver consistently. Much of the time on the road is spent in space "left over" by motorists, riding too far to the right, not positioning at intersections according to destination (THINK about what that means), etc. etc.Read more ›
It bothers me that Forester complains about others using unsubstantiated, anecdotal evidence, because he uses plenty himself. For one example, his brief discussion of recumbent bicycles is so absurd that it should have been left out. His double-standards regarding fact vs. opinion and logic vs. emotion greatly undermine his arguments.
That said, a reader with a critical eye and a tolerance for hot air can separate the wheat from the chaff.
His advice about equipment, diet, and the other mechanics of bicycling needs to be taken somewhat lightly. Even though this is a "second edition", much of the material in the book is considerably older. On the other hand, the fundamentals of safety (visibility, lighting, traction, lane placement, risk factors) are invariant over time.
Mr. Forester has a definite axe to grind, and this book does it quite effectively. He adds a definite splash of common sense to the fine technique of road riding: don't let other vehicles take your lane away from you, don't surprise them, safety always first, slower traffic keeps right. The safest way to bicycle on the road is not necessarily the one that educators, legislators, or law enforcement officers think it is.
This book is a must-read for any cyclist who ever shares the road with a motor vehicle.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
No one has been both a greater proponent and simultaneously, the greatest impediment to the acceptance of cycling as a legitimate means of transportation, and cyclists as a... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Benn Pamphleteer
These are just for my library. They were new when they arrived. shipped quickly. I'm happy.Published 20 months ago by C. Hankins
I've been riding for way longer than I want to admit here, and in the last few years commuting regularly. I've toured across the country, and along the coast in NC. Read morePublished on March 15, 2012 by G. Powell
After taking the League of American Bicyclists' road riding course and qualifying as a League Cycling Instructor, I finally decided to buy the book that started it all: *Effective... Read morePublished on February 1, 2010 by Condor
Mr. Forester has cycled many more miles than I ever will, and done much more for cyclists than I ever will -- not just through this book, but through his work as a traffic engineer... Read morePublished on November 26, 2009 by chezztone
Cancel your subscription to _Bicycling_ magazine. Read this instead. Ride and learn. Learn to ride with confidence. Sure, the equipment advice is hopelessly obsolte. Who cares? Read morePublished on August 12, 2008 by fixedgear
This is an excellent book, which used to be the basis for the League of American Wheelmen (now the League of American Bicyclist's) safe cycling class (at the time known as... Read morePublished on August 6, 2008 by Peter Vogel