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Are bicycling books all starting to sound the same?


Maybe it is just me and the plethora of bicycling publications I have read in a relatively short span of time, but recently I have become increasingly concerned that advocacy books on the benefits of bicycling are starting to sound … Continue reading

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A triumphant collection of bicycling short stories


Metal Cowboy contains an outstanding collection of short stories written by author and bicycle tourist Joe Kurmaskie. Some are witty and humorous. Some are poignant and thought-provoking. All of the stories in this delightful collection are captivating. I strongly recommend … Continue reading

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Tom Waite’s Ten “Loose Suggestions” for Drivers


Below are a list of ten “loose suggestions” for drivers listed on pages 111-114 of Mr. Waite’s hilarious and often poignant new 2014 book release, entitled Chronic Pedalitis. Personally, I think the majority of these should be and could be … Continue reading

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“On Bicycles” – the spiritual essence of the bike culture


If you were ever searching for a single reference resource on all things bicycles, then the book, On Bicycles: 50 Ways the Bike Culture Can Change Your Life, is definitely the place to start. This fine compendium is a required … Continue reading

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Potent quotes about bicycles


The following are ten of my favorite quotes about bicycles and bicycling from some rather famous individuals. It does not take a rocket scientist, politician, writer, or poet to understand the beauty, simplicity, and sheer delight that comes from riding … Continue reading

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Book review of “Pedaling Revolution”


I have just wrapped up reading the fine book, Pedaling Revolution, by author Jeff Mapes. The subtitle of How Cyclists are Changing American Cities best describes the premise of his book, as Mr. Mapes thoughtfully explores the promises and pitfalls … Continue reading

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The flaws of vehicular cycling (VC) theory


One of the first comments often heard from fellow cyclists when starting to bicycle commute was not to ride on the community’s bike pathway system because it is less safe than riding in street traffic. A whole litany of perceived … Continue reading

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“Bikenomics” – a landmark planning book!


Certain books become a classic in their field of study because of their comprehensive nature (i.e. The City in History). Others do from their advocacy and groundbreaking nature (i.e. Silent Spring).  In the case of Bikenomics: How Bicycling Can Save the Economy, both of … Continue reading

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The urban bicyclist’s magazine du jour


Just this past weekend while manning the MSU Bikes booth at the 17th Annual Quiet Waters Symposium in East Lansing, I was introduced to a bicycling magazine I had not come across before – Urban Velo.  After reading a few issues, it … Continue reading

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