- Published: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, c2012.
- Year Published: 2012
- Edition: 7th ed.
- Description: xxii, 802 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
- Language: English
- Format: Book
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The Bicycle. Mechanical safety and operational inspection ; Bicycles, tools, equipment, and clothing ; Steering and handling ; Brakes ; Gears ; Shapes of bicycles ; Dimensional standards. -- Maintenance. Wired-on tires and pumps ; Tubular tires ; Cleaning and lubrication ; Bearings ; Installing wheels in a frame ; Matching hubs to fork ends ; Adjusting derailleurs ; Hub gears ; Cranks and chainwheels ; Chains ; Free wheels, freehubs, and clusters ; Rims and spokes ; Building wheels ; Leather. -- The Cyclist. Basic skills: posture, pedaling, and maneuvering ; Emergency maneuvers ; Keeping your body going ; The physiology and technique of hard riding. -- The Cycling Environment. Basic principles of traffic cycling ; The why and wherefore of traffic law ; Accidents ; Where to ride on the roadway ; Avoiding straight-road hazards ; Changing lanes in traffic ; Riding the intersections ; Riding at night ; Riding in the rain ; Riding in cold weather. -- Enjoying Cycling. Commuting and utility cycling ; Mountain riding ; Club cycling ; Touring ; Racing ; Cycling with love. -- Cycling in Society. How society pictures cycling ; Bike-safety programs ; The federal "safety" regulations for bicycles with its dangerous no-headlight standard ; The cyclist -inferiority phobia ; Revising laws to control cyclists ; The bikeway creation controversy ; Bikeway results ; Antimotoring motivation in bicycle transportation ; Minute penalties for killing cyclists ; Policies of cycling organizations and bicycle advocacy organizations ; Political strategy for cyclists -- Effective cycling instruction and qualification.
The core of the author's concept of effective cycling is that bicyclists fare best when they act, and are treated in return, as drivers of vehicles, with the same rights and responsibilities that motorists have. He asserts this idea in terms of practice and education as well as theory while also addressing the two major forces that have shaped bicycling since the early 1980s: the proliferation of high-quality equipment and the seriously insufficient progress on the social, political, and psychological fronts. The book is filled with details, strategies, and tips that will be useful both to occasional cyclists and to those who enjoy cycling as a way of life, all drawn from the author's many years of experience as a cyclist, a cycling transportation engineer, and the founder of the Effective Cycling Program.
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