Two-Wheeled Reading

I recently received a copy of Richard Hurst‘s The Cyclist’s Manifesto, and since anecdotal evidence has proven that many bike commuters are also readers, I thought I’d let you all know it’s coming to a store near you in May.

Hurst jokes(?) on his blog that “[m]uch of it consists of unstable rantings,” but he promises a lot of information on bicycle history as well as conjecture about its future, and I’m looking forward to getting deeper into the book  (so far, I’ve only read the first few pages, which are setting the stage by explaining our current problems with oil, etc.).  I  haven’t read his first book, The Art of Cycling, which seems to be a touchstone for many cyclists—any Hurst fans out there who can tell me what to expect? Judging from what I’ve read of the book and on his site, he’s got plenty of opinions and isn’t afraid to express them. Wish he’d prevailed with the publishers on this issue:

I think the publishers (Falcon) like the title ‘The Cyclist’s Manifesto,’ but I am hoping for something that better reflects my preference for the machine over its often insufferable jockies: ‘The Bicycle Manifesto.’

Will try to come back in a few days with a complete review.

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4 thoughts on “Two-Wheeled Reading

  1. I have read The Art of Cycling and thought it was a fantastic book. Hurst is an intelligent, knowledgeable writer who is also wryly funny. I really like that his cycling philosophy is very pragmatic (I’m SO tired of the ideological cyclist that unthinkingly adheres to some cycling method like vehicular cycling or invisible cycling etc, seemingly without realizing that the true ‘art’ of cycling in traffic really depends on adaptability). I’m very excited to read his new book.

  2. anna says:

    That sounds interesting. Looking forward to your review.

  3. dottie says:

    I’m a fan of unstable rantings when I agree with the person, so I look forward to hearing more.

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