By Robert Hurst, Marla Streb
Author note: Marla Streb (Foreword)
The bicyclist is less than assault from all instructions - the streets are ragged, the air is poison, and the drivers are indignant. as though that weren't sufficient, the yank bike owner needs to hold the burden of historical past alongside on each ride.
After a short heyday on the flip of the 20 th century, American cyclists fell out of the social realization, changing into an afterthought whilst our towns have been deliberate and equipped. Cyclists this present day are left to navigate, like rats in a sewer, via a troublesome and unsympathetic international that was once no longer made for them. but, with the right kind angle and just a little wisdom, cyclists can thrive during this adverse environment.
Covering even more than simply driving a motorbike in site visitors, writer Robert Hurst paints, in uncanny element, the demanding situations, suggestions, and artwork of using a motorcycle on America's sleek streets and roadways. The paintings of Cycling dismantles the bicycling event and slides it lower than the microscope, piece through piece. Its basic difficulty is protection, yet this publication is going way past the standard information and how-to, diving in to the geographical regions of heritage, psychology, sociology, and economics.
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10 Chumps of the Road B Bicyclists, I’m sorry to report, have always been the chumps of the road in America. Those of us who would like to blame automobiles and the automobile culture for all of the problems that cyclists have ever faced should take a sober look at the situation in the 1890s, when automobiles were still science fiction, and bicyclists swarmed the city streets and country lanes without ever having to worry about getting run over by a truck. Even then there was an atmosphere of conflict, distrust, and outright malice between those who cycled and those who didn’t.
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Art of Cycling: A Guide to Bicycling in 21st-Century America by Robert Hurst, Marla Streb