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Boneshaker: A Bicycling Almanac

October 28, 2009

I haven’t read the whole thing yet but it’s pretty interesting so far. Just a few articles collected mostly leaning towards the more radical side of cycling which is something that I’ve gotten away from in the last few years. I don’t mean radical designs or riding backwards, I’m talking about just using the bike as a tool for change and keeping that in mind when riding rather than driving. It’s well put together, not too zine like. It’s a little pricey at $6, but I can understand the perils of small printings so I’ll give them a break on it.n112998280176_9855

Atlanta’s own (or I guess not anymore) Rachael Spiewak is a contributor and writes one of the more interesting articles about how to get over some fears of riding and the anxiety some new comers may feel when taking a bike in for repairs.

There’s also a bit of poetry that I can’t really get into but if that’s your thing more power to you. I said earlier that I like a glimpse back into the radical side of cycling but sometimes it’s a bit much for me too. At times this becomes a little heavy handed with the “oneness and freedom of riding stuff”. This might makes sense in some parts of the country but here in Atlanta it’s more like urban warfare out there not a gentle breeze while riding through crisp autumn air. When I commute it’s horns honking, exhaust puffing, pedestrians jumping out, pothole swerving chaos and I love it. That’s what makes people not want to ride bikes in a city and I respect that decision. You can’t really sit and tell someone who’s new to cycling that they should ride everywhere when you know it takes guts sometimes and yes you might, and probably will if you do it enough, get hit by a car. It’s scary stuff and that’s why when my girlfriend tells me “I’m scared to ride on the road” I understand even though I’d prefer that everyone took a lane and exerted their right to the road.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. October 30, 2009 8:19 PM

    It doesn’t get more real than that. The reality of the jungle where we live. Everything’s camouflage. Only reality is SURVIVAL OF THE CYCLIST!


  2. November 9, 2009 1:36 AM

    oh, thanks! it’s fun to write.

  3. ecohustler permalink
    December 16, 2009 11:52 AM

    Why bikes shouldn’t have to follow the rules of the road:

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