Bicycle Love: Stories of Passion, Joy, and Sweat

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Garth Battista
Breakaway Books, 2004 - Sports & Recreation - 311 pages
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All athletes love their sports, but cycling has a fetishistic side to it - the love of this deceptively simple machine that allows you to silently float, race and climb. These 50 essays on the many varieties of bicycle love range from dreamy reminiscences of childhood bikes to powerful, sometimes insane adult attachments to mountain bikes, road bikes and tandems. They all celebrate the freedom of cycling, the elegance of the machine and the beauty of the act. The characters are everyone froma teenage girl on a moun-tain bike to old men crossing the country on touring bikes to couples falling in love while cycling. Funny, revealing and intensely emotional, these stories show the secret inner life of every cyclist.

 

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Casey Wolverton writes: "This is a good book to get you motivated for general cycling. At a time that the environment is in crisis, petrol prices are soaring, and people are struggling with extra kilo's and a lack of exercise, "Bicycle Love" inspires all of us to considering the worldwide solution: ditch the car - ride a bike!" 

Contents

Surprised into Flight Dan Trabue
10
Crash and Learn Janusz Nagiecki
23
To Africa and Back Tokey Boswell
37
Another Way of Getting There or
53
Loving My Rockhopper Jamie Kaminski
69
Break Up Stephen Johnson
83
Riding for Nefertiti Jeffrey Hammond
101
An Old Bike and an Even Older Man Louise Blackah
115
Kneeling at the Altar of Schwinn 1966 Samuel R Irwin
199
An Elegy Judith Strasser
205
Who Wants to Marry a Bicyclionaire?
213
The Secrets of the Love Affair Varick L Olson
221
A Rusty Old Memory Carlos A Sintes
229
Running with the Big Dogs Bob Cook
239
The Face of the High Desert Rachel SuttonSpence
245
The Revolution Evolution Rich Beattie
253

Pedaling in Tandem Ellen Nordberg
129
The Lady of the Ditch Morgan Coleman
145
Lazarus Jessica Hutchison
149
Lessons from the Great Divide Susan Jett
157
Saddlemasochism K Burroughs K
163
Life Is Short but an Ugly Bike Is Forever Julie Kangas
173
Bicycle Bliss Shaunna Privratsky
183
Ma Kettle Biker Peggy Newland Goetz
193
The Inside Spin Charles Adolewski
261
The Yellow Huffy Paula R Hagar
267
Dalton Highway Tom Snyders
275
The Great Bicycle Experiment C B Burgess
281
The Life of an Inspired Cyclist Jake Stephens
287
Medical Experience Claire M Unis
299
Loving a Cyclist Jayne Relaford Brown
307
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Garth Battista is the editor of The Runner's Literary Companion and How Running Changed My Life.

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