Bike Tribes: A Field Guide to North American Cyclists by Mike Magnuson

By Mike Magnuson

A hilarious and crucial illustrated box advisor that breaks down the tribes of the bicycling group: from the spandex-clad weekend warriors to the hipsters on road motorcycles who like to snicker at one another (and themselves)

Anyone who rides a motorbike is aware the bicycling global is made of tribes. From tattooed messengers to beautiful city hipsters to grouchy store proprietors, they might appear like they continue to exist diversified planets, yet they're united through their abiding love of bikes―and frequently their overall disdain of different individuals of this insular global.

Bike Tribes is the Preppy guide of bicycling, replete with exclusive illustrations that taxonomize the specified behavior, garments, personal tastes, and predilections of cyclists.
Mike Magnuson, an avid rider, bicycling professional, and longtime contributor to Bicycling magazine, covers the fundamentals of racing, etiquette, and clothing and kit, together with working statement on biking tradition, poking holes in essentially each pretension within the biking global. Bike Tribes is a enjoyable romp in the course of the a number of subcultures within the motorbike community―bound to entice novices and grizzled cyclists alike.

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The Bike Shop All Bike Tribes eventually converge in one place: the bike shop. That’s where the bikes are and where the bike parts are, and if you’re lucky, that’s where the spirit of any local cycling community lives. It doesn’t always happen that the shop has a community spirit, but in the best of circumstances, a local shop is as close as we will ever get to true understanding between the Bike Tribes. The person in charge of the bike shop, therefore, bears an incredible responsibility to the cycling communities the shop serves.

Someone who won’t sell you something you don’t need. Someone who is an expert mechanic and who knows the right bike for you and the right parts and accessories for you. Someone who will order anything you want and try to match the online retailer’s price. Someone who loves to ride. Someone who keeps the shop open late if you need it. Someone who likes all kinds of riders. Someone who is your friend. Someone who isn’t in the business to make money. Someone who volunteers the shop’s services to the community.

Clipless pedals. THE OCCASIONALLY DIRTY One sunny Saturday morning at the trailhead, Karen and Mary have unloaded their bikes from Mary’s Volvo wagon and are getting ready to mount up and hit the trail. It’s not the longest trail in the world—about 3 miles each way—but there’s a beastly climb near the halfway mark, which is why Karen and Mary come here every Saturday, to do the beastly climb and, of course, enjoy the view once they get to the top. Plus their husbands get to spend some quality time with the children, which is always a fine thing for husbands to do.

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