"I FOUND A SINGULAR BOOK THAT IS SO GOOD I WANT TO SHARE IT WITH EVERYONE WHO RIDES -- OR WHO WOULD LIKE TO ...

A FORMER BIKE MESSENGER, HURST INTERVIEWED MANY EXPERT CYCLISTS AND ACCOMPLISHED WHAT A GREAT HOW-TO BOOK SHOULD: HE DISTILLED YEARS OF EXPERIENCE INTO A READABLE, UNDERSTANDABLE BOOK THAT CAN HELP THOSE WITH LESS EXPERIENCE GAIN TREMENDOUSLY -- WITHOUT HAVING TO MAKE ALL THE MISTAKES THEMSELVES."

-- Steve Leveen, HuffingtonPost

New and Improved!

A brand new updated and expanded edition of The Art of Cycling (originally titled The Art of Urban Cycling), a book about riding bikes in traffic, 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 ManifestoThe Art of Mountain Biking: Singletrack Skills for All Riders, Road Biking ColoradoBest 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 below.

 

 

   In 2003 the good folks at Falcon Publishing took me up on my idea to write an unusual book that would combine the historical big picture of American transportation and urban development with the finer points of riding a bicycle in traffic. This was a departure for Falcon, the long-time guidebook publisher.

The Art of Urban Cycling  turned out to be much more than a recital of my own experience gained over a few hundred thousand miles as messenger, commuter and recreational rider. It became a compendium of street knowledge from a large number of highly experienced bicyclists I have been lucky to count as friends and acquaintances over the years. Through countless conversations (and questions that must have seemed inappropriately personal and probing at times) I set out to determine exactly what these people knew, the secrets to their success, the reasons for their failures. I wanted to figure out if the things they thought they knew about traffic cycling were the same things I thought I knew about it. Turns out we were all pretty much on the same page. So when the book hit the shelves I wasn't surprised that it struck a resounding chord with other veteran riders around the country and the world.

The second edition was retitled The Art of Cycling. Why? Folks over at Falcon who get paid a bit to think about these things were concerned that the word 'urban' was putting off potential buyers, especially since the majority of Americans now live in the suburbs. But in general it was the same book. 

Now there's a brand new edition for 2014 called The Art of Cycling: Staying Safe on Urban Streets, which sums it up nicely. Thie new edition (pictured here) has been thoroughly updated and expanded.

The Art of Cycling has become known for providing the most thorough and realistic discussion of in-traffic technique in print. You'll also find an overview of relevant historical issues, an examination of the riding surface and its various pitfalls, frank advice about air pollution and its effect on bicyclists, and step-by-step instructions for fixing a flat; skeptics will enjoy vigorous skewerings of bicycle accident statistics and many of the sacred cows of the bicycle equipment cult. The book also includes several overhead traffic diagrams, which I drew myself, and a few illustrations by artist/messenger Sam Turner. It's a book that will be useful to bicyclists of all abilities and levels of experience.

Thanks for reading,

Robert

P.S. A Huffpost review of the second edition: "The Best Protection When Riding Your Bike? A book!"

Buy the Art of Cycling: Amazon / Tattered Cover (Denver) / Powell's (Portland) / Barnes & Noble.

Photo by Robert Reid.

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

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SEE ALSO  FAMILY BIKING: THE PARENT'S GUIDE TO SAFE CYCLING, ROAD BIKING COLORADO, ROAD BIKING COLORADO'S FRONT RANGE AND MOUNTAIN BIKING COLORADO'S SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS.