Like many of
you, I've been transfixed by events so far in 2011. We see several
oppressive oil-rich states struggling to the brink of all-out
war against courageous citizens who refuse to take it any more.
Saudi troops in Bahrain, the enemy -- freedom. Bombing missions
seemingly about to start over Libya. The oil markets are roiling
with uncertainty. We see massively indebted world powers struggling
against the forces of nature to maintain their lifeblood, cheap
energy, to the point of meltdown and blowout. Cheap energy isn't
really very cheap, is it? Not any more.
been wrestling with a subject that can be known only to the terminally
comfortable and secure. A subject that depends on affluence and
cheap energy for its very existence. Something that is, in a
roundabout way, under attack by current events: Mountain biking.
My new book,
a how-to for trail riding, should be available in a few months.
Title is not yet determined. However, we have a tentative version
of the back cover copy:
new look at mountain biking and trail riding techniques
singletrack trails on a two-wheeled machine is one of those seductive
challenges that can never be entirely mastered, even by the most
talented and experienced. In [Title?], Robert Hurst deliberately
avoids discussion of equipment, training, and other subjects
that have already been beaten to death in mountain bike books
and magazines, to focus on the deeply complex art of riding trails.
From page to page and switchback to switchback, Hurst chases
the elusive mysteries that make trail riding so difficult --
and so rewarding -- from the application of "soft power"
and the biomechanics of balance and vision, to the philosophy
of line choice and the Riccatti equations that describe the path
of the bike's rear wheel, to the nature of dirt itself.
Built on the
author's own quarter-century of experience and the tried-and-true
wisdom of many other veteran mountain bikers, this environmentalist
and darkly humorous manual provides a collection of unexpected
knowledge that will be indispensable to both novices and experts.
[Title?] is a fittingly unique and surprising guide for this
unique and surprising sport.
makes you want to go out and eat some dirt right now. Can I get
a little extra Cesium on that please.
To anybody who
buys this or any of my other books, I love you.