10 June 2010

The Practical Cyclist

Chip Haynes' book The Practical Cyclist could not have come at a better time than when I found it in the library in early spring. It was the kind of motivation I needed to dust off my ride. This book makes very clear early on that it is not a bike manual, it does however explain things like changing a bike tire and when or when not to go down the the local bike shop and flirt with the cute mechanic...errr I mean ask them for help. It is like having a long one-way conversation with Uncle Chippie, as he refers to himself in the book, minus all the nodding and smiling it might require in person. For someone who hasn't ridden in years-- or in my case a couple of long winter months, its a quick and informational read with some great tips about safety, changing gears, and dealing with the elements (including stray dogs).
I highly recommend this for people like me who were not born bike savvy, the know-it-all's may want to steer clear though.
If the book doesn't motivate you to pedal, here are some fashionable bike pics I've been hoarding:
I dont own these, sorry if they are yours.

11 comments

  1. What a cute book idea! I've wanted to invest in a good bike for a while and this really is motivating me!

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  2. lovely post as always ^^ Great images

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  3. Oh I love this post. I cannot wait until I can post a pic with my bike :)

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  4. I'll keep the book in mind. Thanks for sharing! I recently started cycling, and didn't know there were so many things I needed to know like checking the tires and such!

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  5. This sounds like a really cool book. i love riding my bike but I would like it more if I had one of those awesome street bikes or whatever they call them.

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  6. I wish I had a nice cruiser nike. They are fantastic. My husband keeps trying to get me into mountain biking... that does not come naturally to me. Sounds like an interesting and helpful read though! Enjoy your weekend!

    Rachael

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  7. oh gosh, salivating over the bicycle photos....

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  8. Lovely editorial, so chic, stylish and funny! Love those pictures!

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  9. This sounds like a really cool book. i love riding my bike but I would like it more if I had one of those awesome street bikes or whatever they call them.

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  10. I'll keep the book in mind. Thanks for sharing! I recently started cycling, and didn't know there were so many things I needed to know like checking the tires and such!

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