I just got done reading On Bicycles: 50 Ways the New Bike Culture Can Change Your Life. If you’re looking at a reason to get into biking or get back into biking or get your kids on a bike or learn something new about bike culture, you should read this book. The format of the book made it very fun and easy to read through. It was split up in to mini articles each with their own topic. Each topic was written by an author that is very knowledgeable in the subject, which sometimes meant that they had grown up learning how to hack a bike apart and weld it back together!
On Bicycles surprised me with the title. I was expecting something less overall. I was expecting more pictures (less words and content). I thought that the book and authors did a very good job of covering most of the basic points of bicycling. You won’t find any racing tips in this book. There aren’t any tips on how to improve your downhill speed record or updated drafting pointers. This book is all about getting people on a bike more often. Topics from best clothing to wear during seasons (rain in particular which is 50% of the seasons where I live) to the best way of getting a group of people together for a bike riding party.
For myself, I appreciated reading the articles on bicycling advocacy. I thought that there were a lot of interesting points in this particular topic that were new to me. There were some good ideas about getting kids on bikes and riding safely with them as well. All in all, it was a very good read for someone that is getting interested in biking or someone that is looking to take bicycling a little more seriously.
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