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A Guide to Falling Down in Public: Finding Balance On And Off The Bicycle Hardcover – Jun 24 2016


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Breakaway Books (June 24 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1891369970
  • ISBN-13: 978-1891369971
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 789 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,020,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Joe Kurmaskie is the author of Metal Cowboy, Riding Outside the Lines, and Momentum Is Your Friend. He has written for Backpacker, Bicycling, Details, and Men's Journal. He lives with his family in Portland, Oregon.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa2fce870) out of 5 stars 20 reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2b342ac) out of 5 stars Laughter could be heard echoing off the Blue Mountains... May 21 2016
By Jeffrey Fritts - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Dateline: Beautiful Walla Walla, Washington a town so nice they named it twice. Road Riding Capital of Eastern Washington State. In today's news a cyclist was laughing so hard he lost his balance and fell off his bike. After he got back up he was asked what had happened and this is the story he told. I was just riding along and happened to think of a story Joe "Metal Cowboy" Kurmaskie told in his new book A Guide to Falling Down in Public - Finding Balance On and Off the Bicycle. I got to laughing and thinking how my life had been changed by riding a bicycle. Joe has collected a group of stories that not only tell of his adventures, but bring to life the joy and happiness the simple act of riding a bicycle can bring. If you don't get a copy of Joe's latest book Falling Down in Public then you deserve all the flats you get on you next bike ride.
Tailwinds my friends.
Jeffrey Fritts
Walla Walla, WA
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2b34300) out of 5 stars Life Lessons from the Metal Cowboyu May 5 2016
By Anthony Valente - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I discovered the Metal Cowboy's books about 8 years ago when I first took up cycling as my main source of exercise and fun. His early book chronicled his world travels as a footloose and fancy free cyclist our of Florida. Loved each and every one of the stories, and each time I have read them I have wanted to ride more

Later, we met his entire family as they cycled across not only the USA but later Canada. Wanna know how tough this family is? His wife Beth pedaled the entire way, while stopping to breast feed their youngest child. I can't even imagine how much energy and stamina that required while crossing something small like the Canadian Rockies...

This book though, was his best yet.

I was halfway through it when I reread the subtitle: Finding Balance On and OFF the Bicycle. I must say, it is a very good description of the stories inside.

Why do I think this? Well lets start with a classic Joe legend, him outrunning a charging elephant who decided it was time to squish these annoying 2 wheeled creatures. Now I had heard this story told by him in person more than once, and love this video. But in this book he goes farther, He explains how he came to be there, and why he was riding with this group of nature lovers, and more importantly, the kindness of the villagers they stayed with.

I got the laughs, but also felt what he did while he was there, and it is hard to get someone cold and callous as I am to feel things like that in a book.

We learn about his addiction to demon Mtn Dew, and being trapped in a portapotty by hyenas.

He shares stories on and off the bike of himself growing up, and the adventures he had. This young Joe grew into the world traveler adventure Joe and morphed into Father of 4 boys and husband Joe. All the while keeping his devil may care smile on his face and accepting any challenge that came his way.

Don't get me wrong, there were many MANY times I laughed loudly enough to wake my sleeping wife lying next to me in bed. The story of the Seattle to Portland finish, the climb to Timberline Lodge (scene of the classic horror movie The Shining) and the pool scene on the Oregon coast still make me giggle as I type this.

The true Joe though, is seen with his care and concern of the local street dweller (and fellow cyclist) Dave. Joe befriended him, rallied the neighborhood to help, and worked hard to get him medical treatment.

Its a testament to Joe's manner and being that Dave trusts him enough to leave everything he owns, including the bike, at Joe's while he hops the bus to the medical center. How many of us can say we'd do this much to help what started out as a stranger.

Most importantly, this book has a message. Simply put, the work is truly what you make of it. You can be BMW guy, ignore your kids and work for every last dime you can get, or diesel driver who idles his big ole truck near a daycare with no regards for others. Or you can be like the Metal Cowboy.

Look for the humor in everything, make a stand for things you believe in, take care of the ones you love (all the while giving them room to grow and explore). and never turn down an adventure.. EVER! Finally, and most importantly, if you are lucky enough to be able to ride a bike, and most of us can, but many choose not to, but if you are so lucky, it can give you the balance you need to to not only survive, but wring every ounce of joy out of our short time on earth!

It one great book folks and it gets a rare 5 stars!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2b34738) out of 5 stars his ability to make you instantly relate and laugh at the same time makes it a great read. May 24 2016
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I bought this book to read then send in to my 21 year old son...I have to say once I start reading Joe's writing, I can't put it down...his ability to make you instantly relate and laugh at the same time makes it a great read...add in the lesson of getting back up after a fall, or two, or more...gives me, personally, (and hopefully my son) the reminder that we really have two choices...Id rather do it laughing...BUT...Joe's story (he's my age) about his surprise and struggling with Hemochromatosis gave me a real "heads up" to consider insisting my own Dr order a test for this disorder...the symptoms aren't unlike many we ladies experience around menopause time...but are much more elusive and dangerous. 1 in 20 are pretty high odds...It's a great read with an important message.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2b34af8) out of 5 stars He is just as funny and authentic in person as he is on the ... May 12 2016
By G. Steckler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I've read his first book and now his 5th. Gonna go back read the "in-between" ones. Joe is a gifted story teller. He is just as funny and authentic in person as he is on the page. The series on the BMW guy is a scream. I really could see him on stage as a "Mark Twain, Tonight". Joe is a happy chapter in the "Keep Portland Weird" subculture...right up there with Portlandia, Voodoo donuts, yarn bombing, etc. If you would like to read something fun, for a change...this is a jewel.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2b34bdc) out of 5 stars A keen observer, participant and writer - all in one! July 4 2016
By Dennis Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
The Metal Cowboy is much more than a bicycle rider (although he will tell you that is the most important part!). Joe is a rare combination of a wordsmith and a keen, compassionate observer of humanity. The first essay in the book, titled "David" is really a preface, or perhaps an introduction to who Joe Kurmaskie really is - and upon reading it there was a joyful tear in my eye (really Joe!). Plenty of laughs, plenty of things that make you go "hmmm", and plenty of good reading.


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