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Friday, April 13, 2012

Bicycling Can Be Hell on Wheels -- Ask BikeSnobNYC How to Make It Better

Posted on Fri, Apr 13, 2012 at 2:00 PM

See what we mean? - VELO STEVE / FLICKR

San Francisco bicyclists face constant battles. Rain. Hills. Rainy hills. Cars with outraged drivers. Jaywalkers wearing headphones. FiDi workers on cell phones. Agitated skateboarders. Overloaded bike racks. BART at rush hour. Muni, ever. Haight Street when the bars are open. Nineteenth Avenue when anything's open. Impatient and rude fellow bicyclists. Critical Mass. (Oh wait. Same thing.) Add it all up, and the stress seems to offset the benefits. Who'll show us a well-adjusted and tolerant way to navigate the ill-adjusted and intolerant masses? BikeSnobNYC, that's who. He'll be in San Francisco on Saturday at Rapha Cycle Club to lead us out of the darkness.

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He's a blogger, columnist, and author from New York (real name Eben Weiss). He appears for a group ride as well as a discussion of his new book, The Enlightened Cyclist. He shares what he's learned during years of bicycle commuting in chapters such as "The Worst Day I Ever Had and Why It Gave Me Faith in Humanity." There's also "Annoying Driver-on-Cyclist Behavior" -- followed by "Annoying Cyclist-on-Driver Behavior."

BikeSnobNYC a.k.a. Eben Weiss
  • BikeSnobNYC a.k.a. Eben Weiss

Other chapters look at why we bike, why we fight, and how companies market bicycling to us for their own profit. He does so with remarkably pointed wit -- his jokes make you feel like you're going to hell for laughing at them, but you laugh nonetheless.

Josh Cochran's illustrations are a visual equivalent. (See page 79 of the book -- Bodily Fluid Management.) If you want to improve your ride, listen to this Snob. He can't really make it any worse.

The group ride with BikeSnobNYC starts at noon (and a book discussion follows at 2 p.m.) on Saturday (April 14) at Rapha Cycle Club, 2198 Filbert (at Fillmore), S.F. Admission is free.

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