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Effective Cycling (MIT Press) Paperback – April 20, 2012
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John Forester's Effective Cycling continues and expands his mission to make bicycling easy, enjoyable, rewarding and responsible. He recognizes that most US authorities put cyclists into an inferior status, and therefore into a dilemma, and conveys to them the attitude and the rules with which they can be appreciated and responsible road users. This book should be read by all cyclists, and especially by all 'authorities.'(David Gordon Wilson, MIT Mechanical Engineering; author of Bicycling Science)
I have used previous editions of Effective Cycling as my go-to source for some 35 years. It is comprehensive, based on irrefutable logic and scientific data, and easily understandable.(Bill Hoffman, former Director, League of American Bicyclists)
As a lifelong bicyclist, I didn't realize my eyes were wide shut with respect to bicycling matters until I first read Effective Cycling, fourth edition, in 1988 at age 30. John Forester's seminal, expansive, and tireless work in educating bicyclists and protecting the rights of bicyclists as drivers of vehicles has been incalculably valuable to me and countless thousands of others who pedal for fun and utility.(Wayne Pein, Bicycling Matters)
About the Author
John Forester is a bicycle transportation engineer and the author of Bicycle Transportation: A Handbook for Cycling Transportation Engineers (MIT Press). An experienced cyclist, cycling advocate, and onetime racer, he lives in Lemon Grove, California
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Although listed as the "seventh edition," there are really three major versions of Effective Cycling. The 1975 mimeograph book, which was tweaked around and reissued several times, a 1984 MIT edition ("Big Blue") and a 1993 MIT Edition ("Fat Yellow"). How is this new version different?
By the time "Fat Yellow" was published, it suffered from three problems: 1) its technology was out of date (for example, it hardly mentioned mountain bikes); 2) too much of the book was made up of screeds, old-time war stories, and personal axe-grinding; and 3) its riding advice was closed and totalistic--as Orwell once put it in another context "everything that's not required is prohibited." All three have improved a little around the edges, almost always by cutting away, less often by adding, never by changing. The impression one gets is that they were grudging changes.
The format of the book is smaller, so the text is shorter. Most of the reduction seems to have come from the mechanical section. The discussion of derailleurs, for example, never even mentions brake-lever shifters. So much of the technical discussion in Big Blue and Fat Yellow had become obsolete that it appears the solution chosen was just cut it out. Forester is famous for his complaint that when he sat down to write the 1975 edition he couldn't find an American book that properly discussed how to fix a flat in detail. Well, that's just about all that this new edition DOES discuss in detail. (And as to that complaint, well, see Jeff Mapes's book Pedaling Revolution.Read more ›
One of his points about bicycle mobility seems very straightforward - if bicyclists try to get treated differently than motorists they will, but only for the worse not better. A good example is bike lanes and paths. Where bicyclists fight for bike lanes and paths and get them it is usually at the loss of being able to freely travel on the roadways. Personally I am in complete agreement with him in this area. The problems with bike lanes and paths are many, but my main issue is that they quickly become multipurpose: pedestrian and rider. These multipurpose routes are just plain dangerous. Pedestrians have no concept of "right of way" or consideration for moving vehicles (bicycles) on these routes.Read more ›
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Great read. Anyone who uses a bicycle should keep this as their bible!Published 11 months ago by Scott Slusser
Was hoping this would help my pre-teen daughter ride safer, but she did not get much out of this.Published 21 months ago by Barry G. Allen
The book is the encyclopedia of bike riding. Thank you. I needed this.Published 21 months ago by ljoyce
Great book. Helped me learn to ride in traffic properly and made me the knowledgable rider among my friends. Good stuff.Published 21 months ago by William Schultz
It's a bible. I don't 100% agree with what he says and you probably won't either, but you should read it. In fact, you must read it.Published on December 2, 2013 by tx
For years, I intermittently rode my bike on 23 mile roundtrip paved trails, which was great exercise, but started to seem like such a big deal (needing to use the rack, the shoes,... Read morePublished on October 22, 2013 by Runsilent
Wish I had read this years ago, when I first started cycle commuting to work. Anyone with experience cycling naturally begins to adopt the methods described in the book, except its... Read morePublished on June 20, 2013 by Chrome boy