Bike Tribes by Mike Magnuson

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Presumably nobody imagined that this book would have much appeal beyond the cycling community.
-From Wheels to Bikes


A hilarious and essential illustrated field guide that breaks down the tribes of the bicycling community: from the spandex-clad weekend warriors to the hipsters on street bikes who love to laugh at each other (and themselves).

Anyone who rides a bike knows the bicycling world is made up of tribes. From tattooed messengers to pretty urban hipsters to grouchy shop owners, they may look like they live on different planets, but they are united by their abiding love of bikes-and often their total disdain of other members of this insular world.

Bike Tribes is the Preppy Handbook of bicycling, replete with one-of-a-kind illustrations that taxonomize the special habits, clothing, preferences, and predilections of cyclists.

Mike Magnuson, an avid rider, bicycling expert, and longtime contributor to Bicycling magazine, covers the basics of racing, etiquette, and apparel and gear, including running commentary on cycling culture, poking holes in practically every pretension in the cycling world. Bike Tribes is a fun romp through the various subcultures in the bike community-bound to appeal to newcomers and grizzled cyclists alike.


About Mike Magnuson

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MIKE MAGNUSON is the author of Lummox: The Evolution of a Man and Heft on Wheels: A Field Guide to Doing a 180. He is a longtime contributing writer with Bicycling and lives in Oshkosh, WI.
Published May 22, 2012 by Rodale. 214 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction
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The Huntsville Times

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Reviewed by Lawrence Specker on Jul 09 2012

The descriptions of the various groups sometimes have the didactic quality of a primer for young readers; sometimes they are little more than caricatures.

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Reviewed by Michael Richard on Jun 20 2012

It's obviously a labor of love for Magnuson, and while it can be a little bit "inside baseball" at times if you're not familiar with a certain tribe, the character-based approach keeps it entertaining.

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From Wheels to Bikes

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Reviewed by Michael Richard on Jun 17 2012

Presumably nobody imagined that this book would have much appeal beyond the cycling community.

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Reviewed by Brian Palmer on Mar 19 2012 takes a writer and observer of Magnuson's calibre to not only discern the differences and relate the commonalities, but to characterise each in such an acute and entertaining manner.

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