By Robert Hurst, Marla Streb

Author note: Marla Streb (Foreword)

The bicyclist is less than assault from all instructions - the streets are ragged, the air is poison, and the drivers are offended. as though that weren't adequate, the yank bike owner needs to hold the load of heritage alongside on each ride.

After a short heyday on the flip of the 20th century, American cyclists fell out of the social attention, turning into an afterthought whilst our towns have been deliberate and equipped. Cyclists this present day are left to navigate, like rats in a sewer, via a difficult and unsympathetic international that used to be no longer made for them. but, with the right kind angle and a little bit wisdom, cyclists can thrive during this antagonistic environment.

Covering even more than simply driving a motorbike in site visitors, writer Robert Hurst paints, in uncanny aspect, the demanding situations, innovations, and paintings of driving a motorbike on America's sleek streets and roadways. The paintings of Cycling dismantles the bicycling adventure and slides it less than the microscope, piece via piece. Its basic main issue is safeguard, yet this publication is going well past the standard tips and how-to, diving in to the nation-states of background, psychology, sociology, and economics.

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Bicyclists have always been rather poor at making friends on the roadways. Let’s face it: Cyclists suck at resolving conflicts. All of the conflicts that cyclists faced in the nineteenth century are still with us today, and some new ones as well. qxd 7/26/06 2:17 PM Page 14 From Bicycles to Automobiles in Sixty Seconds R Rolling onto the horse-dominated scene, the safety bicycle finally heralded the revolution in individualized transport that had been hinted at during the draisienne, velocipede, and high-wheeler spasms.

The streetcar suburbs of the late nineteenth century now form the heart of the city—rows of stately, antique houses that once gave their owners the warm illusion of country living, but have since been encased in layer after layer of development. Automobile Suburbs C Contemporary Americans tend to use their cars for almost every trip, no matter how short or insignificant. What we see around us today, stretching from horizon to horizon, are cities shaped by this devotion to the internal combustion engine—unshaped by it, really—a process that began in earnest in the 1920s.

Qxd 7/26/06 2:17 PM Page 16 States, where the competition was most fierce, then went abroad to crush the riders from Europe and Australia. 16 Even before the turn of the century, however, many of the most dynamic racers spun off, transferring their tremendous energy to the budding sport of auto racing. Auto racing was the next big thing. It’s hard to imagine now, but bike racers around the world became obsessed with race cars—financing, designing, building, driving, and selling. In addition to the riders themselves, many race officials, promoters, and mechanics went over to the dark side, to a new sport they considered to be more thrilling, and more potentially lucrative.

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