The Enlightened Cyclist, new book from the bikesnob.
The The Bike Snob is at it again, another irreverent critical and bitingly witty insight into the world of cycling. No ones does it better, writing about salmoning in bikelanes, dooring, being too ultra chic in spandex for your own good. Check out the latest trailer to Eben’s follow-up book.
Here is some press from the publisher Chroniclebooks.com.
The joys of commuting by bike attract scores of new converts every year. But as fresh-faced cyclists fill the roads, they also encounter their share of frustrations—careless drivers, wide-flung car doors, zoned-out pedestrians, and aggressive fellow cyclists, to name a few. In this follow-up to the best-selling Bike Snob, BikeSnobNYC takes on the trials and triumphs of bike commuting with snark, humor, and enthusiasm, asking the question: If we become better commuters, will that make us better people? From the deadly sins of biking to tactics for dealing with cars, pedestrians, and other cyclists, this primer on bike travel is a must-read for cyclists new and seasoned alike.
BikeSnobNYC (a.k.a. Eben Weiss) is the blogger behind bikesnobnyc.blogspot.com, a massively popular cycling blog. He also writes a monthly column in Bicycling magazine. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
A little op-ed piece from the ParkSlope Patch:
The Unnamed Bicycle Column: The Chosen Commuter
We talk with Bike Snob NYC about his new book, “The Enlightened Cyclist”
by: Keith Brown
I had for once remembered to bring my camera on a recent ride through town. There were some offbeat landmarks I wanted to get photos of for work, but I almost never remember to bring the blasted camera with me.
Today I did. And so pleased with myself for remembering to bring it, I nearly rode past one of the landmarks I wanted to shoot. As I stopped on the side of the road, rather abruptly, I noticed another cyclist up the road a piece heading in my direction.
I pulled out my camera, snapped a couple of quick shots and jammed the thing back into my side pocket. Right about this time, the other cyclist approached on the opposite side of the road. He was slowing down.
“Hey, you okay over there?’’ he asked.
“Yeah, fine,’’ I said. “Just taking a picture. But thanks!’’
A few miles later, a guy in a silver Honda Accord cut me off at a stoplight so he could make an illegal turn. I couldn’t tell exactly what he was saying inside his climate-controlled cockpit as he passed just inches in front of my front wheel, but I got the feeling he wasn’t all that concerned about my well-being.
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The sometimes palpable tension between cyclist and driver as each vie for slices of the road is among the topics in Eben Weiss’ new book: “The Enlightened Cyclist: Commuter Angst, Dangerous Drivers And Other Obstacles On The Path To Two-Wheeled Transcendence.”
Weiss, better known by his online moniker “BikeSnobNYC,’’ since 2007 has run a blog by the same name, where he deconstructs and frequently lampoons bicycle culture while detailing the perils of bicycle commuting in New York. He also writes a column for Bicycling magazine.
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