Bike Tribes: A Field Guide to North American Cyclists by Mike Magnuson

By Mike Magnuson

A hilarious and crucial illustrated box advisor that breaks down the tribes of the bicycling neighborhood: from the spandex-clad weekend warriors to the hipsters on highway motorcycles who like to chortle at one another (and themselves)

Anyone who rides a motorbike understands the bicycling global is made of tribes. From tattooed messengers to lovely city hipsters to grouchy store proprietors, they might seem like they survive varied planets, yet they're united through their abiding love of bikes―and frequently their overall disdain of different participants of this insular global.

Bike Tribes is the Preppy instruction manual of bicycling, replete with exceptional illustrations that taxonomize the certain conduct, garments, personal tastes, and predilections of cyclists.
Mike Magnuson, an avid rider, bicycling specialist, and longtime contributor to Bicycling magazine, covers the fundamentals of racing, etiquette, and clothing and kit, together with operating remark on biking tradition, poking holes in essentially each pretension within the biking global. Bike Tribes is a enjoyable romp throughout the a number of subcultures within the motorbike community―bound to attract rookies and grizzled cyclists alike.

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There is some relatively complicated engineering associated with even the simplest bicycle, for sure, and with a Pro Tour bicycle there is some profoundly complicated aerospace-style engineering involved. But these differences in engineering are salted-in-the-shell peanuts compared with the intricacies of people who pedal these machines. I say this with nearly complete ignorance of engineering, mind you, and with only the fanatical belief that human beings are always more interesting and important than machines.

Short hair. Trim waist. T-shirt tucked into his jeans. Is that person really him? ” He used to think of that as a metaphor, as something that represented a larger truth about self-awareness, but now? He honestly doesn’t know himself when he sees himself. That’s awesome, no? ” Now he’s a jolly fast guy. A Kia with a bike rack on the roof pulls into the lot, and out pops Bill, whom everybody on group ride affectionately calls The Beast, because Bill is the strongest rider in town—a guy who’s won the state championships a bunch of times.

But even a dog, the sworn enemy of cyclists since the invention of the bicycle, can wrap its mind around this kind of math: Bicycles + People = Cycling. This means that understanding cyclists should be easy, but the hard truth about cyclists is that very few of us understand each other. This is how the misunderstanding happens: Millions of people are involved in cycling worldwide. Some ride bikes for transportation. Some ride for exercise and fresh air. Some ride for competition, racing bikes on the road or on the track or on trails or in fields of mud or across the United States or on a long loop around France every July.

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