Cycling - Philosophy for Everyone by Fritz Allhoff(eds.)

By Fritz Allhoff(eds.)

Masking fascinating and sundry philosophical terrain, Cycling - Philosophy for Everyone explores in a enjoyable yet severe method the wealthy philosophical, cultural, and existential reports that come up whilst wheels are propelled through human power.

  • Incorporates or displays the perspectives of high-profile and impressive past-professional cyclists and insiders   comparable to Lennard Zinn, Scott Tinley, and Lance Armstrong
  • Features contributions from the components of cultural stories, kinesiology, literature, and political technological know-how in addition to from philosophers
  • Includes enlightening essays at the types of the biking event, starting from the moral problems with luck, girls and biking, environmental problems with commuting and the transformative strength of biking for private progress
  • Shows how bicycling and philosophy create the appropriate tandem
  • Includes a foreword by way of Lennard Zinn, writer and proprietor of Zinn Cycles Inc.

Chapter 1 hot Up (pages 11–15): Patrick Vala?Haynes
Chapter 2 studying to trip a motorbike (pages 16–26): Peter M. Hopsicker
Chapter three turning into a bike owner (pages 27–38): Steen Nepper Larsen
Chapter four unharness the Beast (pages 39–50): Bryce T. J. Dyer
Chapter five hot Up (pages 51–55): Patrick Vala?Haynes
Chapter 6 Lance Armstrong and real good fortune (pages 56–67): Gregory Bassham and Chris Krall
Chapter 7 LeMond, Armstrong, and the Never?Ending Wheel of Fortune (pages 68–80): Scott Tinley
Chapter eight using Like a lady (pages 81–93): Catherine A. Womack and Pata Suyemoto
Chapter nine Bicycling and the straightforward existence (pages 94–105): Russell Arben Fox
Chapter 10 hot Up (pages 107–111): Patrick Vala?Haynes
Chapter eleven Philosophical classes from biking on the town and nation (pages 112–122): Robert H. Haraldsson
Chapter 12 The Commutist Manifesto (pages 123–133): John Richard Harris
Chapter thirteen severe Mass Rides opposed to vehicle tradition (pages 134–145): Zack Furness
Chapter 14 hot Up (pages 147–150): Patrick Vala?Haynes
Chapter 15 My existence as a Two?Wheeled thinker (pages 151–161): Heather L. Reid
Chapter sixteen biking and Philosophical classes discovered the tough means (pages 162–172): Steven D. Hales
Chapter 17 From footwear to Saddle (pages 173–182): Michael W. Austin
Chapter 18 hot Up (pages 183–187): Patrick Vala?Haynes
Chapter 19 What To Do as soon as they're stuck (pages 188–199): John Gleaves
Chapter 20 uncontrolled (pages 200–213): Raymond Angelo Belliotti
Chapter 21 Is the Cannibal an outstanding activity? (pages 214–225): Andreas de Block and Yannick Joye
Chapter 22 hot Up (pages 227–230): Patrick Vala?Haynes
Chapter 23 Taking the Gita for an grand Spin (pages 231–240): Seth Tichenor
Chapter 24 Stretched Elastics, the travel de France, and a significant existence (pages 241–252): Tim Elcombe and Jill Tracey
Chapter 25 lifestyles Cycles and the levels of a biking lifestyles (pages 253–265): Jesus Ilundain?Agurruza and Mike McNamee

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My eyes are watering slits. My shoulders and arms ache from pushing and pulling on the handlebars. My nostrils flare as my body desperately seeks just a little more oxygen. The workings of my body dominate the sensations of this experience. It is a physical education rarely felt in my non-cycling life. With time, I began noticing some other unique qualities of climbing. My visual focus, for example, adapts to the strenuousness and slower speeds. My vision narrows considerably as the broader, gestalt perception of less strenuous riding slowly deconstructs into detailed fragments.

Similar to how the sights, sounds, and feels of climbing reveal to me the strenuousness of the inclines, the sensuous experiences of sight, sound, and touch in descending become fused into a specific sensation that indicates my speed. While my heart and lungs enjoy some time to recover from previous efforts, my mind enjoys no such luxury. I must constantly sort out potential lines of travel, braking strategies, and more aerodynamic positioning. It is the sensuous feels of the speed of my descent that dictate the required speed of my decision-making.

Like Twain and the others, my initial rides were more of survival than cycling. Zigzagging back and forth between the sidewalk’s two edges – randomly changing speeds and alternating between balance and imbalance – I focused on using the bike. Strangely, the construction and consistency of the sidewalk remain a very clear memory for me. The sidewalk was segmented into square yards separated by two-inch-wide grooves. Not only did these grooves add to my trepidation of staying balanced and steering straight, they also became indicators of my speed and traveled distance.

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