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The art of cycling : staying safe on urban streets /

by Hurst, Robert (Robert J.).
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Guilford, Connecticut : FalconGuides, [2014]Edition: Second edition.Description: xiii, 270 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780762790050 (paperback); 0762790059 (paperback).Subject(s): Cycling -- Handbooks, manuals, etc | City traffic -- Handbooks, manuals, etc | Handbooks, manuals, etc
Contents:
Frankenstein's monster -- The city surface -- In traffic -- Bicycle accidents and injuries -- Air pollution and the cyclist -- Punctures and flats -- Equipment -- Of bicycles and cities.
Summary: "The Art of Cycling dismantles the bicycling experience and slides it under the microscope, piece by piece. Its primary concern is safety, but this book goes well beyond the usual tips and how-to, diving in to the realms of history, psychology, sociology, and economics"-- Provided by publisher.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

The bicyclist is under attack from all directions - the streets are ragged, the air is poison, and the drivers are angry. As if that weren't enough, the American cyclist must carry the weight of history along on every ride. After a brief heyday at the turn of the twentieth century, American cyclists fell out of the social consciousness, becoming an afterthought when our cities were planned and built. Cyclists today are left to navigate through a hard and unsympathetic world that was not made for them. Yet, with the proper attitude and a bit of knowledge, cyclists can thrive in this hostile environment.Covering much more than just riding a bike in traffic, author Robert Hurst paints, in uncanny detail, the challenges, strategies, and art of riding a bike on America's modern streets and roadways. The Art of Cycling dismantles the bicycling experience and slides it under the microscope, piece by piece. Its primary concern is safety, but this book goes well beyond the usual tips and how-to, diving in to the realms of history, psychology, sociology, and economics.

"The Art of Cycling dismantles the bicycling experience and slides it under the microscope, piece by piece. Its primary concern is safety, but this book goes well beyond the usual tips and how-to, diving in to the realms of history, psychology, sociology, and economics"-- Provided by publisher.

Machine generated contents note: (1) Frankenstein's Monster (2) The City Surface (3) In Traffic (4) Bicycle Accidents and Injuries (5) Air Pollution and the Urban Cyclist (6) Punctures and Flat Tires (7) Equipment (8) Of Bicycles and Cities.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 262-264) and index.

Frankenstein's monster -- The city surface -- In traffic -- Bicycle accidents and injuries -- Air pollution and the cyclist -- Punctures and flats -- Equipment -- Of bicycles and cities.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Foreword (p. ix)
  • Acknowledgments (p. xi)
  • Introduction (p. xii)
  • Chapter 1 Frankenstein's Monster (p. 1)
  • Continuum (p. 2)
  • Bicycles in the Age of Manure: Leonardo to Starley (p. 2)
  • The Bicycle Craze of the 1890s (p. 8)
  • Chumps of the Road (p. 10)
  • From Bicycles to Automobiles in Sixty Seconds (p. 11)
  • Speed and Greed (p. 13)
  • The Arena of Death (p. 15)
  • A Dark Wave Cometh (p. 18)
  • Fake Gas Tanks (p. 20)
  • Transportation and the Shape of Cities (p. 24)
  • Automobile Suburbs (p. 25)
  • The Great Streetcar Massacre (p. 27)
  • Priorities (p. 30)
  • Congestion (p. 33)
  • Peak Car (p. 36)
  • Enclosure (p. 38)
  • Rage (p. 39)
  • Cycling the New American City (p. 39)
  • Invocation (p. 41)
  • Chapter 2 The City Surface (p. 42)
  • Pavement: Get Over It (p. 43)
  • Responsibility and Surface Hazards (p. 45)
  • The Great American Pothole (p. 46)
  • Cracks and Seams (p. 49)
  • Waves (p. 50)
  • Lane Markers (p. 51)
  • Wet Metal (p. 52)
  • Drainage (p. 52)
  • Railroad Tracks (p. 55)
  • Toppings (p. 56)
  • Plazas (p. 58)
  • Curbs (p. 59)
  • Chapter 3 In Traffic (p. 62)
  • Beyond Vehicular Cycling (p. 63)
  • Blame Versus Responsibility (p. 67)
  • Vigilance (p. 70)
  • Route Choice (p. 72)
  • Road Position and Location (p. 79)
  • The Invisible Cyclist (p. 82)
  • Vision Versus Visibility (p. 84)
  • The Myth of Lane Ownership (p. 84)
  • Running Green Lights (p. 88)
  • Eye Contact, Stop Signs, and Fake Right Turns (p. 91)
  • The Gap Effect (p. 94)
  • Four-Way Stops (p. 96)
  • Momentum (p. 98)
  • The Problem with Pedestrians (p. 100)
  • Notes on Traffic Lights (p. 106)
  • Waiting at Traffic Lights (p. 108)
  • Running Red Lights (p. 112)
  • Left Turns (p. 115)
  • Corner Cutters (p. 116)
  • Looking Back (p. 118)
  • Seeing without Looking (p. 120)
  • Instinct Unveiled (p. 122)
  • Turn Signals (p. 124)
  • Hand Signals (p. 124)
  • In Defense of Gutters (p. 125)
  • The Door Zone (p. 127)
  • Reading Parked Vehicles (p. 130)
  • Close Combat: Positioning in Heavy Traffic (p. 133)
  • Riding a Straight Line (p. 135)
  • Track Stands (p. 137)
  • Turning and Cornering (p. 139)
  • Panic Stops (p. 141)
  • Bicycle Lanes and Paths: Good or Evil? (p. 144)
  • On the Bike Path (p. 153)
  • Sidewalks and the Law (p. 157)
  • Riding in Suburbia (p. 160)
  • Riding at Night (p. 163)
  • Riding with Others (p. 165)
  • Chapter 4 Bicycle Accidents and Injuries (p. 168)
  • The Statistical Quagmire (p. 169)
  • The Stats at a Glance (p. 171)
  • Cycling Fatalities (p. 174)
  • The Paradox of Experience (p. 176)
  • The Accident Immune System (p. 177)
  • Road Rash (p. 177)
  • Collarbones (p. 179)
  • How to Fall (p. 181)
  • Facial Injuries (p. 183)
  • Head injuries (p. 184)
  • Other Injuries (p. 185)
  • Helmet Disclaimer (p. 186)
  • The Helmet Controversy (p. 186)
  • What Are Bicycle Helmets Built For? (p. 189)
  • Torsion Injuries (p. 192)
  • The Helmet Verdict (p. 193)
  • Chapter 5 Air Pollution and the Cyclist (p. 195)
  • A Historical Reality Check (p. 196)
  • The Good News about Air Pollution (p. 197)
  • What Am I Breathing and What Does It Do to Me? (p. 199)
  • Breathing Strategies for the Cyclist (p. 202)
  • Does Air Pollution Cancel the Health Benefit of Cycling? (p. 205)
  • Chapter 6 Punctures and Flats (p. 206)
  • Flat Prevention (p. 207)
  • Flat Repair Equipment (p. 207)
  • Fixing a Flat: A Primer (p. 210)
  • Broken Glass (p. 212)
  • Glassphalt (p. 213)
  • Goat Heads (p. 214)
  • A Thorny Dilemma (p. 217)
  • Random Sharpies (p. 217)
  • Pinch Flats (p. 219)
  • Blowouts (p. 219)
  • Chapter 7 Equipment (p. 221)
  • Cycling Equipment (p. 222)
  • Bike Choice (p. 226)
  • Suspension on the Road (p. 228)
  • Track Bikes and Fixed Gears (p. 229)
  • Bike Fit (p. 232)
  • Bike Security (p. 234)
  • Tools (p. 235)
  • Clothing (p. 241)
  • Messenger Bags, Backpacks, and Panniers (p. 243)
  • Drivetrain Maintenance (p. 245)
  • Epilogue: Of Bicycles and Cities (p. 248)
  • Chapter Notes (p. 252)
  • Bibliography (p. 262)
  • Index (p. 265)
  • About the Author (p. 271)

Excerpt provided by Syndetics

<opt> <anon I1="BLANK" I2="BLANK">¿Road rash is a precious gift. Road rash is your friend. Bask in it, appreciate it, love it. Above all, learn from it¿ ¿Even after a successful tuck-and-roll maneuver, the cyclist is left with a discomforting sense of the terrible force involved with hitting the street. The pavement is not soft. You never say to yourself, man, I want to try that again¿ ¿The Door Zone is a brutal, sadistic taskmaster. The Door Zone is a total beeyotch. Getting "doored," as it is universally known in the language of cycling, is a violent, completely unpleasant experience. Unfortunately, it's also a rite of passage for urban cyclists, who remain difficult to convince about the treacherous nature of the DZ until they experience it for themselves. Then they never want to go near a door again¿ ¿Theoretically, the most effective stopping force that can be applied to a wheel comes at the moment just before the wheel locks up. This leads many to believe that the shortest stops will involve no skidding. On a bicycle, it doesn't work that way. The rear wheel skid is almost automatic when the front brake is applied correctly. Trying not to skid the rear wheel in a maximum stop is like trying to keep the eyes open during a sneeze¿ ¿The cyclists' struggle for visibility has been a noble and long-fought effort. Problem is, it hasn't worked. No matter how much tinsel and ornamentation we attach to ourselves, no matter how many flashing beacons we strap to our backsides, no matter what previously unseen degree of neon insanity we manage to surpass in our jersey selections, some drivers continue to look right through us, as if we were-that's right--invisible. The dream of visibility is a sweet siren's song that will, eventually, lead us into the rocks. Not that visibility is a bad thing, mind you, we all love visibility. It's just that an attitude of faith in visibility puts the rider on a slippery slope on the way to complacency, which is a very dangerous place for an urban cyclist to hang out¿ ¿Consider the condition of some of the drivers locked in the typical urban traffic grid. They're trying to make a left turn, but all they see is an unbroken line of fast-moving vehicles coming at them, with no end in sight. They're late. They're hopped up on four cups of coffee. fs20They're about to pee their pants. They've been waiting to make that left turn since the Mesozoic Era. Actually, they've been waiting about 30 seconds or so, but to them it seems like a very long time. Like the dinosaurs of the Mesozoic Era, their eyes are bigger than their brains. Suddenly, a small gap opens in oncoming traffic. They're going to hit that gap if it's the last thing they do. They stomp on the gas and crank the wheel. This is the Gap Effect in action. One big problem, though-there's a cyclist in the gap, puttering along¿ Excerpted from The Art of Cycling: Staying Safe on Urban Streets by Robert Hurst All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.</anon> </opt>

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