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.
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The descriptions of the various groups sometimes have the didactic quality of a primer for young readers; sometimes they are little more than caricatures.Read Full Review of Bike Tribes
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.Read Full Review of Bike Tribes
Presumably nobody imagined that this book would have much appeal beyond the cycling community.Read Full Review of Bike Tribes
...it 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.Read Full Review of Bike Tribes
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