Bike Snob(ish) – Book Review
If you have ever spent more than a few minutes out surfing the bicycling blogoshere you likely have heard about BikeSnobNYC (http://bikesnobnyc.blogspot.com). Not known for trying to make friends, the BikeSnobNYC mercilessly attacks, satirizes and pretty much pokes fun of all things “bike culture.” Hipsters riding fixies and wanna be road racers are some of his favorite targets, bicycle advocates also find themselves in his cross-hairs as well.
Moving from the online world to the “real” world, BikeSnobNYC has published a book titled “Bike snob : systematically and mercilessly realigning the world of cycling.” This smallish tome of just over 200 pages seems to be perfectly sized to fit into a messenger bag or rack trunk and can pretty much be digested in a lazy afternoon.
Those, like myself, who follow the BikeSnobNYC blog, may find themselves disappointed. From my perspective it is the daily dose of sometimes inane and always acerbic commentary that makes the blog worth reading. Sadly in the book it seems to be mostly gone and the language is definitely cleaned up. Sure he takes the usual lighter punches at hipsters, roadies and other bicycle trend slaves, but they seem to be mostly pulled punches. Yawn…
Why all the junk, all-be-it good junk, about the basics of bicycling? Bike maintenance? How to ride in bad weather? How are these subjects “systematically and mercilessly realigning the world of cycling,” I have to ask. Much of the book is wasted on most anyone who is not a neophyte to bicycling. I would imagine that very few bicycling neophytes actually read his blog, so why did he go this direction. Hopefully his blog does not begin to digress into a general how to for beginning bicyclists.
“Bike snob : systematically and mercilessly realigning the world of cycling,” is not a bad read, but don’t expect to find the vim and vinegar we so love in his blog. It in fact would be a halfway decent gift for an experienced bicyclist to give to someone new to the world of bicycling and fairly clueless about the different groups and elements that make up our world on two wheels. Check you local library for a copy unless you are after the free stickers found in the back of the book (p.s. he hates sticker covered bikes, so why put them in his book?).