The New York Times last weekend published not one but two bike-related articles in the new Review section. Russell Shorto muses about the bike as a culture-transforming means of transportation in the Netherlands. From policies to everyday behaviors, he finds that accommodations came relatively swiftly and pervasively. For Angelenos, who seem to bear no resemblance at all to the Dutch, this could be an inaugural lesson in how to be European. A few pages later, Maile Meloy talks about the seminal role of her childhood bike in her development as a write. Is the Times softening up on bikes & infrastructure?
Bicycling’s Complete Book of Road Cycling delivers what it promises: a broad overview of issues related to road cycling from health & safety to road handling to racing and endurance tips. As an edited volume of short chapters, it’s shorthand in style. So rather than a collection of ideas organized as a narrative, the reader will instead find bullet lists and quick takes – which sacrifices a bit of depth to breadth but it makes for a good introduction to the many facets of cycling nevertheless.