By Robert Hurst, Marla Streb
Author note Marla Streb (Foreword)
The bicyclist is below assault from all instructions - the streets are ragged, the air is poison, and the drivers are offended. as though that weren't adequate, the yankee bike owner needs to hold the burden of historical past alongside on each ride.
After a short heyday on the flip of the 20th century, American cyclists fell out of the social realization, turning into an afterthought while our towns have been deliberate and outfitted. Cyclists at the present time are left to navigate, like rats in a sewer, via a troublesome and unsympathetic global that was once no longer made for them. but, with the right kind perspective and slightly wisdom, cyclists can thrive during this adversarial environment.
Covering even more than simply using a motorbike in site visitors, writer Robert Hurst paints, in uncanny aspect, the demanding situations, techniques, and paintings of driving a motorbike on America's sleek streets and roadways. The paintings of Cycling dismantles the bicycling adventure and slides it lower than the microscope, piece by way of piece. Its basic hindrance is defense, yet this booklet is going way past the standard tips and how-to, diving in to the geographical regions of historical past, psychology, sociology, and economics.
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You got your coffee, your mean-spirited morning DJs . . indd 35 3/25/14 11:32 AM THE ART of CYCLING wouldn’t be the same without the traffic congestion. Without it, commuters would arrive at work too quickly. However, a much more cynical, critical view is competing for supremacy among those with the power to do something about it. This view holds that traffic congestion is, essentially, waste. Lost time, productivity, and profits. Those in this camp point the finger of blame at the automobile, its large footprint, and its unnecessarily singular occupant.
It could be argued that the average American bicyclist does not fully appreciate the utilitarian value of the machine. Even during the fuel crisis of the early 1970s, bicycling could not transcend its primary designation as “a recreation and a fad,” as Henry Ford predicted. When the mountain bikes were flying out of the shops in the 1990s, the buyers often had grandiose intentions of riding their new bikes to work and to the store, but it usually didn’t turn out that way. They didn’t ride bikes instead of driving, but in addition to driving, generally on the weekend.
The cars raced around the old horse tracks in a proper, orderly fashion—very civilized. Before Oldfield, the auto was exclusively a “gentleman’s” toy (gentleman being, of course, an old-fashioned code word meaning “someone who has so much money he doesn’t know what to do with himself”). indd 17 3/25/14 11:31 AM THE ART of CYCLING Oldfield buried all that under a tremendous rooster tail of dirt. He was a foul-mouthed, working-class bad-ass in ratty clothes—no bleached whites for Barney. He and his mud- and blood-splattered compatriots made the aristocratic automobile attractive to tough guys, roughnecks, lowlifes, and farm boys.
Art of Cycling: Staying Safe on Urban Streets (2nd Edition) by Robert Hurst, Marla Streb