Edited by Amy Walker
New World Library, $16.95, 256 pages
If you are looking to take up the sport of biking, beginning to commute to work by biking or have developed an urge to explore your city on a bike, this book gives you a grab-bag of ideas on how to make the best of your time. It consists in a collection of articles, well-written and full of encouragement and detail, exploring everything from how to buy bikes and how to look good on bike (fashion), to practical guidance about sustaining a biking life.
The cumulative effect, though, is at best a series of divergent, unrelated first-person takes on the joys and benefits of living a bike culture. At worst, the collection reads as neo-hipster cool, more affect than effect. It is less of a help to those looking for a primer for a start-up into biking than it is a shout out to those already committed to that lifestyle. Still, there is a lot to learn in these pages. The assembled authors blend a casual tone with an obvious eagerness to describe their passion. The reading is easy and engaging, if not always substantial.
Reviewed by Neil Liss