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WHAT ELSE IS UP:  A general bike history info page put together by a group of school kids. Nice job!   What's In Your Backpack?? (YouTube) -- Hurst-related video. Answer: tacos, wipes and tissues, The Fear. Check out Road Biking Colorado (FalconGuides) in stores now. 

See  THE INDUSTRIALIZED CYCLIST NOTE PAD  for juicy chunks of information related to transportation, energy, war, bicycling, Mayans, helicopters, jackups and Ku-Maloob-Zaap.


Check out the table of contents, index, bibliography and cover propaganda of THE ART OF MOUNTAIN BIKING: SINGLETRACK SKILLS FOR ALL RIDERS  

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MARCH 10, 2015

Even Geekier

To those looking for a deeper dive into the fascinating world of bicycling history, please see "The Ghost Track" in the November-December 2014 issue of Colorado Heritage Magazine (pdf), published by History Colorado. The article is about the birth, brief life and death of the Denver Wheel Club track (pictured above in an illustration by Wilbur Steele), once considered the finest cycling facility in the world. The track's very existence, let alone its monumental significance, had escaped the notice of historians. When the track hosted the LAW's national championship races in 1894, the hardcore racism and sexism of the city's wheelmen was put on very loud display.

I would love to do a lot more of this kind of original research, in bike history and other areas too, but the combination of long hours in libraries and zero dollars in return makes the prospect unlikely for the foreseeable future. I need a grant, a benefactor, a visionary publisher to bring more history articles to life.

In the meantime, I'm excited to announce that two new Hurst books are getting glazed and fired in the depths of the Falcon factory at this very moment, and should be on the shelves this spring. 

  

ROAD BIKING COLORADO  2015

From the cliffs of Colorado National Monument to the switchbacks of Pikes Peak, this book is packed with hard-to-believe rides and stories. It was a joy to produce and I hope it's a joy to read.

IT"S HERE!!!: TATTERED COVERAMAZON, REI, BARNES N NOBLE.

JUNE 6, 2014

New and Improved!

You may have seen or heard something about The Art of Cycling, originally titled The Art of Urban Cycling, a book about riding bikes in traffic. A brand new updated and expanded edition has just invaded the Normandy that is the shelf at your local bookstore. It's called The Art of Cycling: Staying Safe on City Streets.

For all road users, traffic safety depends primarily on anticipating and avoiding the inevitable mistakes of those around you. You may know this anticipating-and-avoiding as 'defensive driving.' For bicyclists and other 'vulnerable road users,' defensive skills are critically important.

Defensive driving advice has been shoveled out in great heaps to drivers and motorcyclists for decades, and it's a good thing. For some reason, bicyclists have been served a very different message. "Ride predictably," They tell us. "Follow the law and wear a helmet." Okay advice, sure, but not adequate safety advice by a long shot. A quick glance at accident statistics proves it: Most adult cyclists who get hit by cars are riding lawfully and predictably when they are hit.

Experience teaches street riders trick after trick to stay safe -- how to read surfaces in a certain way, and how to anticipate and avoid the mistakes of motorists, pedestrians and other cyclists. Will it be possible to teach beginners this art of defensive bicycling in a book? I'm not exactly sure, but I do know you won't find this kind of detailed, experience-honed advice anywhere else.

The book puts it all in context as well, with discussion of the history of transportation and urban development, the folly of accident statistics, and the weird cult of bike equipment. The Art of Cycling: Staying Safe on City Streets also contains practical advice about equipment choice, bike fit, flat repair and basic maintenance, all delivered in an easygoing and humorous style.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Robert Hurst is an old-school bike lover who safely completed over 80,000 deliveries as a bicycle messenger. He is the author of The Cyclist's Manifesto, The Art of Mountain Biking: Singletrack Skills for All Riders, Best Bike Rides Denver and Boulder, and Road Biking Colorado's Front Range (all FalconGuides) as well as other bike-related books. You can harass him on Twitter@roberthurst157, or send an email to Robert@industrializedcyclist.com.

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A review of the previous edition: "The Best Protection When Riding Your Bike? A Book!"

More background on The Art of [Urban] Cycling here.

JULY 21, 2013

Best Rides?

 

Over the past year a few really cool things happened around here. I won't bore you with the details except for one -- I wrote a new book called Best Bike Rides Denver and Boulder, which, as you might have guessed, is a cycling guide for the Denver-Boulder area. But this isn't your typical guidebook, oh no. This one is unique in that it includes both road rides and mountain bike trail rides. Yup. In the same book. Dogs and cats living together. 

The mountain bike section includes a near-comprehensive lineup of area off-road rides (just about all of them). The road rides are more selective, geared toward more casual, relaxing rides for beginners and intermediate bicyclists, although there are some toughies included as well. 

Best rides? Well... That's a subjective judgment. But there are a lot of very fun rides included (40 full chapters plus 15 or so short descriptions). It's also a full-color and very handsome book, with nice maps made from GPS tracks. Beyond that, I wrote the heck out of it, with tons of information about the history of the areas the rides pass through. And of course, sly remarks. Lots of sly remarks.

Please buy the book, read it, use it, enjoy it. I hope you like it, and if you don't, please let me know why at robert @ industrializedcyclist.com. Or harrass me on the twitter @roberthurst157.

You can always get it through Amazon, or try my favorite local bookstore, Capitol Hill Books (they don't have it yet, but call them anyway and say hi, and ask them why the heck not). 

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Thanks folks. Take care out there.

BEST BIKE RIDES DENVER AND BOULDER  2013

Road and mountain bike rides, in the same book! Whether you're a 90-year-old beginner or an EPO-banging professional, you'll find plenty of fun in this full-color guide jammed with maps, photos, history and humor. Get lost in this book, not on your ride.

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MARCH 6, 2012

Wu-Tang Mountain Biking

The Art of Mountain Biking: Singletrack Skills for All Riders is not your typical mountain bike book. Instead of laying out a plain directional manual for off-road skills ("do this... don't do that..."), The Art of Mountain Biking digs deeper into the underlying physical and mental functions that lead to great trail riding. It's a mind-skills book. Like my earlier book The Art of Urban Cycling, this book is a compilation of bicycling wisdom from a multitude of highly experienced individuals.  I guarantee it will surprise you and change the way you think and move on the trail, whether you're a beginner or expert.

Learn the science of relaxation and balance, how to attach yourself to the bike, the importance of controlling the weight of the head, how to use the eyes, the philosophy of line choice, pitfalls like hazard fixation, et cetera. Along the way we'll compare mountain biking to other sports, from ju jitsu to rock climbing to horseback riding, motorcycle racing, surfing, skiing -- even bowling -- to see what we can learn. In addition to the holistic approach to trail skills, there are specific instructions and tips for certain important moves. There is also discussion of logistics, like what to bring on a long ride and how to keep a group together. The end of the book gets into the big picture stuff, environmental impact, trail maintenance and access, among other issues, and wonders about the future of the sport.

Thanks for reading. I hope you purchase 1,300 or more copies from your local independent bookseller, like TATTERED COVER, or POWELL'SFailing that, one of these guys: AMAZON, BARNES N NOBLE.

Read a lot more about it.

Thanks.

FEBRUARY 12, 2012

Boulder Streets Safe?

Review of the 2012 Boulder Safe Streets Report (pdf), and suggestions for future analysis.


The first litmus test that I apply to these crash studies, kind of like Van Halen's infamous M-and-M contract rider, is this: How does the study break down the crash stats by the age of the bicyclist, if at all? After all, that info is available in the police reports, and it’s critical to any crash study's usefulness. Well, the Boulder study is better than most but still doesn't use this age information in any meaningful way. Its authors tell us only how the overall bike-car crash count breaks down by age, a metric which doesn’t say anything important to them, as it seems to jibe at first glance with the overall demographic of the city. The studiers don't go any deeper into the age information, failing to cross-tabulate age with fault or type of wreck. This is like offering someone a delicious-looking donut, but only allowing them to nibble a few sprinkles off the top. Incredibly frustrating, and useless. But typical. It fails the litmus test. 


Anyway, here's what else I can get out of it. ...

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JANUARY 21, 2012

When Rims Find Glory

Rims get discarded when they're taco'd beyond repair in crashes, or simply put out to pasture along with bad hubs and neglected bikes, but most folks will go through their entire bicycling lives without ever wearing an actual rim down to the nub.

This is what the end of a rim's long life looks like: Due to brake-caused wear on the surface, the thickness of the rim's sidewall diminishes to the point that the air pressure begins to force it outward, and it cracks. 

 

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Some Hurst energy propaganda: THE RESERVES MYTH 1 , 2 , DRILLING FOR DIMWITS , THE REFINERIES MYTH , A QUESTION FOR PRIUS OWNERS , THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN IS UNSUSTAINABLE , more in the ARCHIVES.

OLDER STUFF:   SUPER SUNDAY RESEARCH UPDATE, THE THINGS IT CARRIED, FRAC-ENSTEIN, 44 MONTHS ,  PLOWSHARES A.K.A. FRUKING ,  A CHILLING DAMPER , COPS N ROBERTS ,  ELECTRIC KOOLAIDFRESH LIES , THE WANDERING DENVERITE , THANKS I STOLE...  RUGRATS IN THE STATS , COVER COPY , CASUALTIES , THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN IS UNSUSTAINABLE , AN ESPECIALLY THICK INFO SHIELD , DIRT SWEET DIRTBICYCLE STINK FACE , DRILLING FOR DIMWITS ,THE REFINERIES MYTH , THE RESERVES MYTH 1 , 2 , A NEW ERA IN SIGNAGE 3, MIND SUCKThe PHYSIOLOGY of BICYCLING , PRAIRIE STEAMERS  

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2. MIND SUCK

3. WEIRD LITTLE BOOK

4. WALL OF NOTHING

THE ART OF MOUNTAIN BIKING: SINGLETRACK SKILLS FOR ALL RIDERS  2011

No matter how many years/miles you ride, you'll never master the unique art of riding a two-wheeled machine on a skinny, rocky trail in the mountains. No matter how good you get, the trail will always be a little bit better. This book leaves few 'babyheads' unturned in its quest to provide useful trail-riding tips for all riders, from beginner to expert. Robert Hurst's love for the mountains, the trails and the bottomless challenge of riding them shines through in this darkly humorous manual.

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BEST BIKE RIDES DENVER AND BOULDER  2013

Road and mountain bike rides, in the same book! Whether you're a 90-year-old beginner or an EPO-banging professional, you'll find plenty of fun in this full-color guide jammed with maps, photos, history and humor. Get lost in this book, not on your ride.

SHOP FOR IT: TATTERED COVERAMAZONBARNES N NOBLE.