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By Mike Magnuson

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

Anyone who rides a motorbike is familiar with the bicycling global is made of tribes. From tattooed messengers to beautiful city hipsters to grouchy store vendors, they might appear like they continue to exist various planets, yet they're united via their abiding love of bikes―and frequently their overall disdain of different individuals of this insular global.

Bike Tribes is the Preppy instruction manual of bicycling, replete with exceptional illustrations that taxonomize the specified behavior, garments, personal tastes, and predilections of cyclists.
Mike Magnuson, an avid rider, bicycling professional, and longtime contributor to Bicycling magazine, covers the fundamentals of racing, etiquette, and clothing and equipment, together with operating statement on biking tradition, poking holes in essentially each pretension within the biking international. Bike Tribes is a enjoyable romp in the course of the a number of subcultures within the motorcycle community―bound to attract novices and grizzled cyclists alike.

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And when things aren’t going right on the bike, what better to blame than the bike itself? And who’s at fault for problems with the bike? That would be the mechanic. Obviously, it’s not usually the mechanic’s fault, but in the shit-flows-downhill world of cycling, the shop mechanic tends to occupy the lowest portion of the valley floor. What’s worse for the mechanic is that the cyclists are looking for qualities in a mechanic that in fact far exceed the saintlike qualities of the ideal shop owner/manager.

People smoke cigarettes and drink beer and Mountain Dew with sugar in it. In a word, if there is a true working-class route into the sport of competitive cycling, BMX is that route. But just because a kid races BMX doesn’t mean the Tour de France looms in his future. You have small bikes here, even in the cruiser division, that are basically useless for doing anything other than BMX racing on a curvy, bumpy track. Sure, you occasionally see somebody pedaling a BMX bike hither and yon on the streets of your town, but nobody looks comfortable pedaling a BMX bike to the grocery store.

Some have been total jackasses in every possible connotation of the word. I have been a jackass from time to time, too. I admit it. Being a jackass is not unique in cycling. Ask any cyclists you know. They’ll say the same thing. We have nice people in cycling and mean people and middle-of-the-road people. We have every personality type you can imagine. What cyclists share, incontrovertibly, is this: Deep down, we wouldn’t be happy without cycling. In this sense, we are all the same. SO THIS IS a book about people who ride bicycles.

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