Effective Cycling Paperback – Apr 20 2012
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John Forester's Effective Cycling continues and expands his mission to make bicycling easy, enjoyable, rewarding and responsible. He recognizes that most US authorities put cyclists into an inferior status, and therefore into a dilemma, and conveys to them the attitude and the rules with which they can be appreciated and responsible road users. This book should be read by all cyclists, and especially by all 'authorities.'(David Gordon Wilson, MIT Mechanical Engineering; author of Bicycling Science)
I have used previous editions of Effective Cycling as my go-to source for some 35 years. It is comprehensive, based on irrefutable logic and scientific data, and easily understandable.(Bill Hoffman, former Director, League of American Bicyclists)
As a lifelong bicyclist, I didn't realize my eyes were wide shut with respect to bicycling matters until I first read Effective Cycling, fourth edition, in 1988 at age 30. John Forester's seminal, expansive, and tireless work in educating bicyclists and protecting the rights of bicyclists as drivers of vehicles has been incalculably valuable to me and countless thousands of others who pedal for fun and utility.(Wayne Pein, Bicycling Matters)
About the Author
John Forester is a bicycle transportation engineer and the author of Bicycle Transportation: A Handbook for Cycling Transportation Engineers (MIT Press). An experienced cyclist, cycling advocate, and onetime racer, he lives in Lemon Grove, California
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Top Customer Reviews
*Effective Cycling*. You'll learn about every aspect of
riding, from selecting equipment to touring to riding in
traffic. Find out what kind of accidents really happen
to cyclists, so you can learn how to avoid that sort of
accident, and stop worrying about accidents that almost
never happen. (Like being hit from behind.)
Forester is one of the world's foremost experts in traffic
cycling, and he designed the *Effective Cycling* program
which is taught by the League of American Bicyclists. A
similar program is the Can-Bike Skills program of the
Canadian Cycling Association. Both courses teach traffic
cycling skills and use *Effective Cycling* as the text.
I consider the "riding in traffic" chapters to be most
important. You'll learn where to be on the road (which lane?
how far from the curb?) and where to be within your lane (right?
middle? left?) - all of which depends on what sort of road
you're riding on. You'll learn how to change lanes properly
in any traffic condition, how to gain cooperation from motorists,
how to prevent acccidents from happening to you, and how to
avoid an accident that's coming your way by using emergency
If you are going to buy only one cycling book, *Effective
Cycling* should certainly be the one. While you're at it,
buy a gift copy for every cyclist you love.
Forester's *Effective Cycling* techniques work. I ride in
busy city traffic every day and it's easy and fun.
This I owe in large part to *Effective Cycling*.
1. Be a vehicular cyclist (ride on the road with cars without getting killed, honked off the road or intimidated.)
2. Ride on "longer" trips -- more than the few miles you can do without any clue -- by eating right, drinking right, and pedalling right.
3. Cycle commute, and enjoy doing so -- what you need and what you don't.
4. Basic repair and maintenance.
and, most importantly, how to "grow" as a cyclist. There are so many things that I know instinctively now (e.g., how to keep cadence high) that enable me to go further, easier, safer and faster that I wouldn't know where to begin.
If you're the kind of cyclist who wants to use their cycle to live better, this is the book for you. Mine's grease stained and well thumbed. (Also an enjoyable read.)
His advice about equipment, diet, and the other mechanics of bicycling needs to be taken somewhat lightly. Even though this is a "second edition", much of the material in the book is considerably older. On the other hand, the fundamentals of safety (visibility, lighting, traction, lane placement, risk factors) are invariant over time.
Mr. Forester has a definite axe to grind, and this book does it quite effectively. He adds a definite splash of common sense to the fine technique of road riding: don't let other vehicles take your lane away from you, don't surprise them, safety always first, slower traffic keeps right. The safest way to bicycle on the road is not necessarily the one that educators, legislators, or law enforcement officers think it is.
This book is a must-read for any cyclist who ever shares the road with a motor vehicle.
Most recent customer reviews
This book has some of the best information out there about cycle commuting. If everyone used Forester's techniques and advice, I'm sure cycling accidents and fatalities would... Read morePublished on Nov. 18 2003 by S. Smith
John Forester is the patron saint of bike commuters and VC types. I have been cycle commuting for 24 years now and still need to pull my copy of Effective Cycling from the shelf. Read morePublished on Nov. 5 2001 by mason sinclair
John Forester's Effective Cycling is an excellent guide for any beginner (or advanced for that matter) cyclist who is interested in almost all aspects of riding and maintaining a... Read morePublished on Dec 8 2000 by T. Culberson
Seven years ago, I decided to pull my bike out of the basement, tune it up and start riding to work. That has been one of the best decisions I have ever made for my health. Read morePublished on July 28 2000
I knew instinctively that the road belongs to me just as much as it does to any other vehicle operator. I knew the rules of the road apply to me as a bicyclist. Read morePublished on Jan. 7 2000 by M. J. Mccaffrey
Forester does have his predjudices, and not many experienced cyclints would agree with all his opinions. Read morePublished on April 13 1999
Where else can you find a book on cycling that deals tells you why a Presta valve is really superior to a Schrader value, the social relationships of cycling, riding in traffic,... Read morePublished on Jan. 31 1999
I found the chapters on riding in traffic to be invaluable. I commute to work every day, and ride recreationally on weekends. Read morePublished on July 30 1997