Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Cyclorama

Right folks, are you a bicycle-fevered-geek-cyclist? Are you one of those smug kids who knows everything about cycling? Well my friend, I think it’s time to meet your match and it takes the form of Jim McGurn and Mick Allan, authors of Cyclorama. It's clear that these two chaps know their stuff BIGTIME and they have kindly shared their knowledge amongst the pages of Cyclorama, capturing all things beautiful and quirky about the bicycle. From the basic definition of what a road bike is to case studies about riding in different countries, this book covers ground you have not cycled yet.
Since swatting up on my bicycle knowledge courtesy of Cyclorama, I now consider myself quite the bicycle expert. I know what a conference bike is, I know the important role a bicycle plays in North Korea, I know that there is a Tour de Rwanda and I also know that I never want to take part in the Tour de Rwanda.

There are some interesting musings to be found on the pages, for instance I particularly like this summary describing how cycling is polemic:
Cycling is a sort of polemic. It is fun, but it provokes. It is easy, yet requires exertion. It is banal and trivial, yet it's an artistic expression of motion. It is a step backwards and a step to progress.
These paradoxes extend to cyclists too. They're often both more cranky yet somehow more human than many of their car-loving contemporaries. When they cycle they are being sensible and yet are imaginatively comical. On the streets they are victim  and culprit in one.*
I would say that if you are a bicycle fanatic and dream about cycling at least once a week than this is the book for you. In fact, if you are reading this blog than that puts you in the bicycle fanatic category instantly. Congratulations!


They also have a pretty cool website.

On another note, have you been wandering where I have been the last two weeks? Well, I have found my favourite hangout to cycle to. I've been taking a back seat and scoffing myself with these bad boys from MEAT market (thank goodness for the calorie burning bicycle ride home).
MEAT Market, oh how do you do it?
I had to share this with you because I didn't want you to be concerned that I had some bicycle accident or something. Over and out.

*Quote from edited extract from 'It's those cyclists again! - A short psychology of cycling' by Michael Degen

1 comment:

El Bonkistador said...

First, FIRST!

Second, I typed something long and mildly humorus only to delete it all simply to point out that the nouveau riche ride bikes to play badminton on the beach... Yep! That's how we roll.

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