Bike Tribes: A Field Guide to North American Cyclists by Mike Magnuson

By Mike Magnuson

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

Anyone who rides a motorbike is familiar with the bicycling global is made from tribes. From tattooed messengers to lovely city hipsters to grouchy store proprietors, they could seem like they continue to exist diverse planets, yet they're united by way of their abiding love of bikes―and frequently their overall disdain of different individuals of this insular global.

Bike Tribes is the Preppy guide of bicycling, replete with exceptional illustrations that taxonomize the certain 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 working observation on biking tradition, poking holes in virtually each pretension within the biking global. Bike Tribes is a enjoyable romp in the course of the a number of subcultures within the motorcycle community―bound to attract beginners and grizzled cyclists alike.

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To illustrate, here are 20 common attributes cyclists are looking for in an ideal shop owner/manager: Someone who knows everything about bicycles. Somebody who knows the local cyclists by name and also knows what they’re like as people off the bike and what they’re like as cyclists on the bike. Someone who is friendly and never condescending. Someone who doesn’t mind if you look and don’t buy. Someone who won’t sell you something you don’t need. Someone who is an expert mechanic and who knows the right bike for you and the right parts and accessories for you.

Some people from out of town showed up and attacked off the front and ended up getting lost, because they didn’t know what route the group was taking. Tom laughs and says the only stupid word that comes to his head. ” “Bunch of jackasses on group ride,” Bill says and laughs. ” Tom nods in the affirmative. Bill says, “I’m rolling in about an hour. ” Tom feels as if a shaft of light has focused on him on a dark stage, like at last he has been chosen to join the great ones on the local hallowed roads of cycling.

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.

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