Monday, October 29, 2012
Bike Tribes: A Field Guide to North American Cyclists
One of the funnier books that looks at the sociological side of two-wheeled transit. Most of us belong to some primary tribe and consider ourselves part of other tribes. After all, no self-respecting cyclist owns only one type of bike right? This is easy Reader's Digest-type reading, short, sweet, anecdotal and some cool drawings by Danica Novgorodoff. I heard writer Mike Magnuson interviewed in a cycling podcast once and was impressed enough to order the book online. Between Magnuson and BikeSnobNYC, there's this constant stream of writing that reminds me that cycling is not all about serious turning of the cranks and hammering. It's about how cycling is just another instantiation of how social beings interact.