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My wife recently bought me this book for my birthday, keeping up with my ever increasing interest in cycling for pleasure. Perhaps her purchase was spurred on by my compatriot, Bradley Wiggins, recent Tour de France win and my obsession with tracking my rides on my beloved single speed bike on my iPhone.
For some reason she did not think I would like this book; was unsure if I would like the writing style or content. She could not have been more wrong. On a plane heading to London, I was conscious of laughing out loud at page after page. The Bike Snob is very funny. Whether discussing the history of biking or classifying various types of urban cyclist, his relaxed and humorous style really works. Throughout however the Bike Snob's passion for cycling ties together his often wandering stream of consciousness narratives. I read Bicyling magazine, but in the Bike Snob I recognized myself, a shared love of cycling around Manhattan and Brooklyn for no other reason than to be out on a bike (Bike Snob is a New Yorker), and someone who is not above being honest about something so simple, cheap and easily accessible.
A superbly written, funny book.
(I now read the Bike Snob's blog religiously too).