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Everyday Bicycling is a guide to everything you need to know to get started riding a bicycle for transportation. Elly Blue introduces you to the basics, including street smarts, bike shopping, dressing professionally, carrying everything from groceries to children to furniture, and riding in all weather. With its positive practical approach, this book is perfect for encourEveryday Bicycling is a guide to everything you need to know to get started riding a bicycle for transportation. Elly Blue introduces you to the basics, including street smarts, bike shopping, dressing professionally, carrying everything from groceries to children to furniture, and riding in all weather. With its positive practical approach, this book is perfect for encouraging anyone who has ever dreamed of making this lifestyle change to just hop on a bike....

Title : Everyday Bicycling: How to Ride a Bike for Transportation (Whatever Your Lifestyle)
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ISBN : 9781621067252
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 128 Pages
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Everyday Bicycling: How to Ride a Bike for Transportation (Whatever Your Lifestyle) Reviews

  • Jo
    2019-06-15 12:53

    I didn't really feel like the last three chapters were very relevant to me. I was just looking to read a book that'd encourage me to spend $100 on a garage-sale bike and ride to Job B, instead of these magazines that are all, "Oh, if you spend less than $5000, you're buying a beginner bike, and if you spend less than $1000, you're buying a throwaway." Um, what? I'm not trying to go 30 miles an hour for two hours three or four or five days a week. I'm not trying to ride competitively. I'm trying to go from point A to point B. Quit being jerks. This book definitely helped with that, but I'm still not sure what to do about my bike. Bikes. I now have two, and they're both too small. But they kind of don't make bikes for women over 5'7". Lucky for me, Blue acknowledges the outdated nature of the girl-bike/boy-bike distinction (mostly relevant only when wearing skirts, which I mostly don't do, or carrying cargo/children, which I do not have) and encourages bike shoppers to take no guff from salespeople. If a "girl's" bike or "women's" bike doesn't suit me, there's nothing wrong with looking at a "man's" bike.Conclusion: Did it help get closer to riding to work? Yes. Will I try it tomorrow? No. I need to lube my shifter cables. Did it teach me about traffic safety when riding? No, but only because my parents did a good job of teaching me all that when I was 7. (Meaning the information was there, but I already knew it all.) Did it teach me about bikes? Not especially, since I've read other basic biking books. Did it help me pick a style of bike? Kind of? The closest fits are a "hybrid," which Blue implies I'll "outgrow" (mentally, not physically), or a "city," which is often a bike that's been tinkered into what I need. But I don't tinker very well, and I'm not comfortable asking someone else to do it, 'cause I'm cheap. But at least I'm now certain that just about everything else isn't what I'm looking for. If I'm looking for a review of basic bike stuff or tips on getting to the next level of bike-commuter-ness, will I look for this book again? Definitely. At least as a launching point.The only question I'm left with: Is it better to ride or walk your bike over train tracks? 'Cause I will be crossing some in my commute, and the space between the "roadbed" and the actual rail is plenty wide enough for a bike tire, but I'll be crossing perpendicular to this gap… Is it a question of what my rear end prefers? Perhaps I'll ask a bike shop person…

  • Harris
    2019-06-03 09:07

    A fast and informative read, "Everyday Bicycling" provides some great advice and basic information for beginning bicyclists and the more experienced alike on how to use a bike for everyday transportation. I've ridden a bike as my main source of transit for about five years now and I found quite a bit of helpful knowledge in this little book. Blue discusses useful bike accessories, various types of bike (city, mountain, cargo, etc.) and guidance on common concerns of cycling for transporation (where to park, how to dress, etc.) For instance, she discusses such useful problems as moving by bike or cycling while pregnant. The sections on bike etiquette and traffic laws were the most useful and interesting for me. On the other hand, the and it would be most useful to people are interested in bicycling but don't know where to start. While DIY bike repair is discussed, for instance, this is not a technical guide of bicycle maintenance or a consumer guide on which brand of bicycle/technical gear are best for quality or economy. While lacking in specific details, Blue provides a lot of good common sense advice that may have slipped the mind of even the most experienced, and with a fun, casual writing style, this a good introduction for anyone interested in using their bicycle to get around.

  • Elizabeth Theiss
    2019-06-02 13:05

    For the less-experienced cyclist, this book is a gold mine. It's full of practical ideas about how to trick out a bike, commute safely and haul a surprising amount of stuff using a bike. Written in a straightforward way without jargon, it's a quick read, though I suspect I will go back to it a few more times for details.As a more experienced cyclist, I also learned some helpful tips. On lights, for example, who knew you could power a headlight with pedal-power? Well worth reading.

  • Hibou Lael
    2019-05-20 05:38

    This book is absolutely fabulous. I don't think it's possible to get MORE information into a smaller book! I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It literally touches on every single thing you ever wanted to know about bicycle commuting, whether you are a solitary rider or have kids. WONDERFUL!

  • Meg
    2019-06-10 08:37

    Ya bikes! I still am toeing the line between moderately capable beginner and thriving intermediate (the part of the process where improvement is a matter of refining technique and slow painstaking gains) Always things to learn. Everyday Bicycling is a solid read for the beginner, kinda beginner urban cyclists.

  • Bill Landau
    2019-05-30 09:57

    I did like this book even though it was pretty much centered around city bike riding. I live in a rural area that does not coincide with lots of the content and suggestions in the book. But still, it was informative, inspirational and it convinced me to dust off my bike. I appreciated the author's writing style. Bike on, homies!

  • Phill Melton
    2019-06-03 12:39

    A little short, but a vital antidote to Forester's Effective Cycling. Less of a beginner's guide to riding a bike than a handbook on living with a bike, using it to carry things and people, as well as finding community through cycling.

  • Christopher
    2019-06-06 06:59

    Although I'm a fairly experienced cyclist, this book was a great little read to get a refresh in the basics. The family bike section was pretty useful, as we'll be moving to getting a tag-a-long in the near future.

  • darce vader
    2019-05-20 12:38

    Pretty fun read with some great tips.

  • Shayne
    2019-05-24 09:53

    Short, to the point, and a bit disjointed. Reads like a collection of tips rather than a cohesive whole. Still, not bad.

  • Robin Filipczak
    2019-05-21 11:56

    Great resource if you are getting started as an everyday bicyclist. Not much to learn if you've been at it for 15+ years.

  • Albert Hong
    2019-05-20 13:56

    Nice, short intro to bicycling as a lifestyle.

  • Nina
    2019-05-29 12:46

    Very informative and covers many types of bikes, and for what purposes they're best for.