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Effective Cycling

Cover Image Copyright Year: 2012
Author(s): John Forester
Publisher: MIT Press
Content Type : Books & eBooks
Topics: General Topics for Engineers
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Effective Cycling is an essential handbook for cyclists from beginner to expert, whether daily commuters or weekend pleasure trippers. This thoroughly updated seventh edition offers cyclists the information they need for riding a bicycle under all conditions: on congested city streets or winding mountain roads, day or night, rain or shine. It describes the sheer physical joy of cycling and provides the nuts-and-bolts details of how to choose a bicycle, maintain it, and use it in the most efficient manner. Effective Cycling covers the bicycle itself, repairs and maintenance, basic and advanced cycling skills, and how traffic is organized. It describes cycling with friends, bicycle tours, increasing physical endurance, racing, and even finding a cyclist as marriage partner. Throughout, author John Forester emphasizes that cyclists should consider themselves drivers of vehicles in traffic. That means obeying the rules of the road, because when all drivers obey the same rules, they don't have collisions. Forester explains why cyclists should not be afraid to cycle in traffic, and he urges them to resist being shunted off into government-sponsored bike paths as if they were incompetent children. Cyclists fare best, he says, when they act and are treated as drivers of vehicles. Effective Cycling will help owners of bicycles dusty from disuse become active cyclists and veteran cyclists improve their techniques and achieve their cycling goals. Each section moves from basic to advanced topics; readers are encouraged get on a bicycle and practice each activity after reading about it.

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      Front Matter

      Page(s): i - xxii
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      This chapter contains sections titled: Half Title, Title, Copyright, Contents, Prefaces, Introduction View full abstract»

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      The Bicycle

      Page(s): 1
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      Effective Cycling is an essential handbook for cyclists from beginner to expert, whether daily commuters or weekend pleasure trippers. This thoroughly updated seventh edition offers cyclists the information they need for riding a bicycle under all conditions: on congested city streets or winding mountain roads, day or night, rain or shine. It describes the sheer physical joy of cycling and provides the nuts-and-bolts details of how to choose a bicycle, maintain it, and use it in the most efficient manner. Effective Cycling covers the bicycle itself, repairs and maintenance, basic and advanced cycling skills, and how traffic is organized. It describes cycling with friends, bicycle tours, increasing physical endurance, racing, and even finding a cyclist as marriage partner. Throughout, author John Forester emphasizes that cyclists should consider themselves drivers of vehicles in traffic. That means obeying the rules of the road, because when all drivers obey the same rules, they don't have collisions. Forester explains why cyclists should not be afraid to cycle in traffic, and he urges them to resist being shunted off into government-sponsored bike paths as if they were incompetent children. Cyclists fare best, he says, when they act and are treated as drivers of vehicles. Effective Cycling will help owners of bicycles dusty from disuse become active cyclists and veteran cyclists improve their techniques and achieve their cycling goals. Each section moves from basic to advanced topics; readers are encouraged get on a bicycle and practice each activity after reading about it. View full abstract»

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      Mechanical Safety and Operational Inspection

      Page(s): 3 - 6
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      This chapter contains sections titled: Basic Inspection Questions, Parts Tightly Fastened, Wheels Tightly Fastened, Tires, Rotating Parts, Brakes, Gears, Nighttime Equipment, Roadside Repair Tools View full abstract»

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      Bicycles, Tools, Equipment, and Clothing

      Page(s): 3 - 35
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      This chapter contains sections titled: The Bicycle Industry and Bicycle Shops, Bicycle Selection, Utility Bike, Mountain Bike, Road Bike, Tools, Spare Parts, Clothing View full abstract»

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      Steering and Handling

      Page(s): 37 - 44
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      This chapter contains sections titled: How Bikes Steer, What Stability Means, Steering and Handling: Summary, Sensitivity and Bike Selection, Steering Troubles View full abstract»

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      Brakes

      Page(s): 45 - 63
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      This chapter contains sections titled: Basic Test, Quick-Stop Test, Brake Types, Adjustment, Repair, Auxiliary Levers, Wet Weather, Downhill Speed Control, The Need for Two Brakes, Which Type Is Best?, Variable-Leverage Brakes, Slippery Brake Cable, Hydraulic Brakes, Squeal, Toe-In, Government Testing View full abstract»

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      Gears

      Page(s): 65 - 75
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      This chapter contains sections titled: Mechanical Principles, Gear and Development Formulas, Hub Gear Formulas, Derailleur Gearing Systems, Chain Sizes, Derailleurs, Shifting between Chainwheels, Using Your Gears Correctly, Traffic, Warming Up, Thinking View full abstract»

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      Shapes of Bicycles

      Page(s): 77 - 83
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      Effective Cycling is an essential handbook for cyclists from beginner to expert, whether daily commuters or weekend pleasure trippers. This thoroughly updated seventh edition offers cyclists the information they need for riding a bicycle under all conditions: on congested city streets or winding mountain roads, day or night, rain or shine. It describes the sheer physical joy of cycling and provides the nuts-and-bolts details of how to choose a bicycle, maintain it, and use it in the most efficient manner. Effective Cycling covers the bicycle itself, repairs and maintenance, basic and advanced cycling skills, and how traffic is organized. It describes cycling with friends, bicycle tours, increasing physical endurance, racing, and even finding a cyclist as marriage partner. Throughout, author John Forester emphasizes that cyclists should consider themselves drivers of vehicles in traffic. That means obeying the rules of the road, because when all drivers obey the same rules, they don't have collisions. Forester explains why cyclists should not be afraid to cycle in traffic, and he urges them to resist being shunted off into government-sponsored bike paths as if they were incompetent children. Cyclists fare best, he says, when they act and are treated as drivers of vehicles. Effective Cycling will help owners of bicycles dusty from disuse become active cyclists and veteran cyclists improve their techniques and achieve their cycling goals. Each section moves from basic to advanced topics; readers are encouraged get on a bicycle and practice each activity after reading about it. View full abstract»

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      Dimensional Standards

      Page(s): 85 - 88
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      This chapter contains sections titled: Screw Threads, Seatposts, Stems, and Handlebars, Tires and Rims, Rear Hubs, Front Hubs, Hub Width Adjustment, General Advice View full abstract»

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      Maintenance

      Page(s): 89
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      Effective Cycling is an essential handbook for cyclists from beginner to expert, whether daily commuters or weekend pleasure trippers. This thoroughly updated seventh edition offers cyclists the information they need for riding a bicycle under all conditions: on congested city streets or winding mountain roads, day or night, rain or shine. It describes the sheer physical joy of cycling and provides the nuts-and-bolts details of how to choose a bicycle, maintain it, and use it in the most efficient manner. Effective Cycling covers the bicycle itself, repairs and maintenance, basic and advanced cycling skills, and how traffic is organized. It describes cycling with friends, bicycle tours, increasing physical endurance, racing, and even finding a cyclist as marriage partner. Throughout, author John Forester emphasizes that cyclists should consider themselves drivers of vehicles in traffic. That means obeying the rules of the road, because when all drivers obey the same rules, they don't have collisions. Forester explains why cyclists should not be afraid to cycle in traffic, and he urges them to resist being shunted off into government-sponsored bike paths as if they were incompetent children. Cyclists fare best, he says, when they act and are treated as drivers of vehicles. Effective Cycling will help owners of bicycles dusty from disuse become active cyclists and veteran cyclists improve their techniques and achieve their cycling goals. Each section moves from basic to advanced topics; readers are encouraged get on a bicycle and practice each activity after reading about it. View full abstract»

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      Wired-On Tires and Pumps

      Page(s): 91 - 116
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      This chapter contains sections titled: Equipment, Proper Inflation, Tire Valves, Pump Connectors, Valve Adapters, Tire Pumps, Pump Maintenance, Rim Types, Dismounting and Mounting Tires on Drop-Center Rims, Dismounting and Mounting Tires on Hook-Bead Rims, Repairing Tubes, Repairing Casings, Rim Tape for Drop-Center Rims, Rim Tape for Box-Section Rims, Foldable Tires with Flexible Bead Wires, Folding Regular Spare Tires View full abstract»

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      Tubular Tires

      Page(s): 117 - 130
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      This chapter contains sections titled: Why Use Tubulars?, Preparation, Mounting Tires, Repairing Tubulars at Home, Other Tips View full abstract»

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      Cleaning and Lubrication

      Page(s): 131 - 138
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      This chapter contains sections titled: Grease or Oil?, Lubrication Systems, Oil, Washing, How Often to Lubricate?, How Much Lubricant?, How and Where to Lubricate? View full abstract»

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      Bearings

      Page(s): 139 - 155
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      This chapter contains sections titled: Types of Bearing, Which Type, Where, Maintaining Separate-Cup-and-Cone Bearings, Replacing Headset Bearing Races, Loose or Caged Balls?, Count the Balls, Assemble the Bearing, Adjustment, Headset Adjustment, Conical-Roller-Bearing Headsets, Maintenance of Sealed Cartridge Bearings View full abstract»

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      Installing Wheels in a Frame

      Page(s): 157 - 159
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      This chapter contains sections titled: Alignment, Proper Clamping, Nutted Axles, Adjusting and Testing Quick Releases View full abstract»

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      Matching Hubs to Fork Ends

      Page(s): 161 - 167
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      This chapter contains sections titled: Front Wheel Retention Devices, Front Hub Spacing, Rear Hub Spacing, Correct Axle Length, Hubs that Are Too Wide, Fork End Alignment View full abstract»

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      Adjusting Derailleurs

      Page(s): 169 - 184
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      This chapter contains sections titled: Derailleur Basics, Derailleur Selection, Derailleur Adjustments, Control Cable Troubles, Derailleur Body Position Adjustment, Cage Travel Adjustment, Cable Adjustment for Indexed Shifting, Encouragement, Adjusting Chain Length, Installing a New Chain, Derailleur Theory and Expert Adjustments, Chain Deflectors for Triple Chainwheels, Selecting and Modifying Front Derailleurs, Major Derailleur Repairs View full abstract»

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      Hub Gears

      Page(s): 185 - 186
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      Effective Cycling is an essential handbook for cyclists from beginner to expert, whether daily commuters or weekend pleasure trippers. This thoroughly updated seventh edition offers cyclists the information they need for riding a bicycle under all conditions: on congested city streets or winding mountain roads, day or night, rain or shine. It describes the sheer physical joy of cycling and provides the nuts-and-bolts details of how to choose a bicycle, maintain it, and use it in the most efficient manner. Effective Cycling covers the bicycle itself, repairs and maintenance, basic and advanced cycling skills, and how traffic is organized. It describes cycling with friends, bicycle tours, increasing physical endurance, racing, and even finding a cyclist as marriage partner. Throughout, author John Forester emphasizes that cyclists should consider themselves drivers of vehicles in traffic. That means obeying the rules of the road, because when all drivers obey the same rules, they don't have collisions. Forester explains why cyclists should not be afraid to cycle in traffic, and he urges them to resist being shunted off into government-sponsored bike paths as if they were incompetent children. Cyclists fare best, he says, when they act and are treated as drivers of vehicles. Effective Cycling will help owners of bicycles dusty from disuse become active cyclists and veteran cyclists improve their techniques and achieve their cycling goals. Each section moves from basic to advanced topics; readers are encouraged get on a bicycle and practice each activity after reading about it. View full abstract»

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      Cranks and Chainwheels

      Page(s): 187 - 193
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      This chapter contains sections titled: One-Piece Cranks, Cottered Cranks, Cotterless Cranks, Separate Cranksets, One-Piece Crank and Axle Sets, Removing and Replacing Chainwheels View full abstract»

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      Chains

      Page(s): 195 - 200
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      This chapter contains sections titled: Sizes, Chain Tool, Separating Links, Joining Links, Lubricating, Inspection, New Chain, Old Sprockets View full abstract»

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      Freewheels, Freehubs, and Clusters

      Page(s): 201 - 210
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      This chapter contains sections titled: Types, Freewheels, Freehubs View full abstract»

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      Rims and Spokes

      Page(s): 211 - 219
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      This chapter contains sections titled: Replacing Spokes, Truing a Wheel, Straightening Rims View full abstract»

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      Building Wheels

      Page(s): 221 - 231
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      This chapter contains sections titled: Wheel Design, Get Spokes of Correct Length, Check the Rim Drilling Pattern, Rotate Hub and Install Outside Spokes, Tighten and True the WheelRelieve Torsional Stress in Spokes, File or Grind Spoke Ends, Tying and Soldering or Gluing, Wheels for Heavy Riders View full abstract»

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      Leather

      Page(s): 233 - 234
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      Effective Cycling is an essential handbook for cyclists from beginner to expert, whether daily commuters or weekend pleasure trippers. This thoroughly updated seventh edition offers cyclists the information they need for riding a bicycle under all conditions: on congested city streets or winding mountain roads, day or night, rain or shine. It describes the sheer physical joy of cycling and provides the nuts-and-bolts details of how to choose a bicycle, maintain it, and use it in the most efficient manner. Effective Cycling covers the bicycle itself, repairs and maintenance, basic and advanced cycling skills, and how traffic is organized. It describes cycling with friends, bicycle tours, increasing physical endurance, racing, and even finding a cyclist as marriage partner. Throughout, author John Forester emphasizes that cyclists should consider themselves drivers of vehicles in traffic. That means obeying the rules of the road, because when all drivers obey the same rules, they don't have collisions. Forester explains why cyclists should not be afraid to cycle in traffic, and he urges them to resist being shunted off into government-sponsored bike paths as if they were incompetent children. Cyclists fare best, he says, when they act and are treated as drivers of vehicles. Effective Cycling will help owners of bicycles dusty from disuse become active cyclists and veteran cyclists improve their techniques and achieve their cycling goals. Each section moves from basic to advanced topics; readers are encouraged get on a bicycle and practice each activity after reading about it. View full abstract»

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      The Cyclist

      Page(s): 235
      Copyright Year: 2012

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      Effective Cycling is an essential handbook for cyclists from beginner to expert, whether daily commuters or weekend pleasure trippers. This thoroughly updated seventh edition offers cyclists the information they need for riding a bicycle under all conditions: on congested city streets or winding mountain roads, day or night, rain or shine. It describes the sheer physical joy of cycling and provides the nuts-and-bolts details of how to choose a bicycle, maintain it, and use it in the most efficient manner. Effective Cycling covers the bicycle itself, repairs and maintenance, basic and advanced cycling skills, and how traffic is organized. It describes cycling with friends, bicycle tours, increasing physical endurance, racing, and even finding a cyclist as marriage partner. Throughout, author John Forester emphasizes that cyclists should consider themselves drivers of vehicles in traffic. That means obeying the rules of the road, because when all drivers obey the same rules, they don't have collisions. Forester explains why cyclists should not be afraid to cycle in traffic, and he urges them to resist being shunted off into government-sponsored bike paths as if they were incompetent children. Cyclists fare best, he says, when they act and are treated as drivers of vehicles. Effective Cycling will help owners of bicycles dusty from disuse become active cyclists and veteran cyclists improve their techniques and achieve their cycling goals. Each section moves from basic to advanced topics; readers are encouraged get on a bicycle and practice each activity after reading about it. View full abstract»

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      Basic Skills: Posture, Pedaling, and Maneuvering

      Page(s): 237 - 257
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      This chapter contains sections titled: Why Cycling Seduces Us, Posture, Saddle Selection, Saddle Soreness, Saddle Height and Bike Size, Very Tall or Short Cyclists, Very Basic Maneuvers, Steering, Shifting Gears, Braking, Pedaling Technique and Cycling Style, Looking Behind, Mirrors View full abstract»

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      Emergency Maneuvers

      Page(s): 259 - 270
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      This chapter contains sections titled: Balancing a Bicycle, No-Hands Riding, Track Stands, Dodging Rocks, Diversion-Type Falls, Turning, Instant Turning, Panic Stops, Braking Cautions View full abstract»

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      Keeping Your Body Going

      Page(s): 271 - 284
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      This chapter contains sections titled: Muscle Strength, Muscular Energy with Oxygen, Muscular Energy without Oxygen, Heat Control, Sweating, Water, and Salt, Food and Drink, Long-Term Energy, Aches and Pains, A Long Ride, A Very Long Ride: The Race Across America View full abstract»

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      The Physiology and Technique of Hard Riding

      Page(s): 285 - 315
      Copyright Year: 2012

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      This chapter contains sections titled: Abilities of Cyclists, Known Facts about High-Performance Cycling, Cycling as Understood by Exercise Physiologists, A More Reasonable Physiological Theory, Difficulty in Training the Brain for High Cadence, Individual Selection of Optimum Cycling Technique, Difference between Training and Racing, Use of Heart Rate Monitoring Equipment View full abstract»

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      The Cycling Environment

      Page(s): 317
      Copyright Year: 2012

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      Effective Cycling is an essential handbook for cyclists from beginner to expert, whether daily commuters or weekend pleasure trippers. This thoroughly updated seventh edition offers cyclists the information they need for riding a bicycle under all conditions: on congested city streets or winding mountain roads, day or night, rain or shine. It describes the sheer physical joy of cycling and provides the nuts-and-bolts details of how to choose a bicycle, maintain it, and use it in the most efficient manner. Effective Cycling covers the bicycle itself, repairs and maintenance, basic and advanced cycling skills, and how traffic is organized. It describes cycling with friends, bicycle tours, increasing physical endurance, racing, and even finding a cyclist as marriage partner. Throughout, author John Forester emphasizes that cyclists should consider themselves drivers of vehicles in traffic. That means obeying the rules of the road, because when all drivers obey the same rules, they don't have collisions. Forester explains why cyclists should not be afraid to cycle in traffic, and he urges them to resist being shunted off into government-sponsored bike paths as if they were incompetent children. Cyclists fare best, he says, when they act and are treated as drivers of vehicles. Effective Cycling will help owners of bicycles dusty from disuse become active cyclists and veteran cyclists improve their techniques and achieve their cycling goals. Each section moves from basic to advanced topics; readers are encouraged get on a bicycle and practice each activity after reading about it. View full abstract»

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      Basic Principles of Traffic Cycling

      Page(s): 319 - 320
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      Effective Cycling is an essential handbook for cyclists from beginner to expert, whether daily commuters or weekend pleasure trippers. This thoroughly updated seventh edition offers cyclists the information they need for riding a bicycle under all conditions: on congested city streets or winding mountain roads, day or night, rain or shine. It describes the sheer physical joy of cycling and provides the nuts-and-bolts details of how to choose a bicycle, maintain it, and use it in the most efficient manner. Effective Cycling covers the bicycle itself, repairs and maintenance, basic and advanced cycling skills, and how traffic is organized. It describes cycling with friends, bicycle tours, increasing physical endurance, racing, and even finding a cyclist as marriage partner. Throughout, author John Forester emphasizes that cyclists should consider themselves drivers of vehicles in traffic. That means obeying the rules of the road, because when all drivers obey the same rules, they don't have collisions. Forester explains why cyclists should not be afraid to cycle in traffic, and he urges them to resist being shunted off into government-sponsored bike paths as if they were incompetent children. Cyclists fare best, he says, when they act and are treated as drivers of vehicles. Effective Cycling will help owners of bicycles dusty from disuse become active cyclists and veteran cyclists improve their techniques and achieve their cycling goals. Each section moves from basic to advanced topics; readers are encouraged get on a bicycle and practice each activity after reading about it. View full abstract»

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      The Why and Wherefore of Traffic Law

      Page(s): 321 - 336
      Copyright Year: 2012

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      This chapter contains sections titled: Traffic Law for Drivers of Vehicles, Principles and Statutes, Drivers and Pedestrians, Conflict or Cooperation?, First Come, First Served, Right-of-Way at Intersections, Superior and Inferior Roadways, Traffic Signals, Driving on the Right, Overtaking and Being Overtaken, Signaling, Channelization, Notification of Special Restrictions, Human Abilities and Traffic Rules, Laws and Facilities for Cyclists Alone, Summary View full abstract»

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      Accidents

      Page(s): 337 - 367
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      This chapter contains sections titled: History of Cycling Accident Studies, Basic Accident Rate, Accident Types and Frequencies, and Cyclists' Skill Levels, Falling Accidents, Car-Bike Collisions, Car-Overtaking-Bike Collisions, Car-Bike Accidents without Collisions, Bike-Bike Collisions, Bicycle-Pedestrian Collisions, Bike-Dog Collisions, Parked-Car Collisions, What Happens in an Accident, How a Helmet Works, Summary View full abstract»

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      Where to Ride on the Roadway

      Page(s): 369 - 406
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      This chapter contains sections titled: Legal Status of Cyclist on Roadways, Legal Problems, The Side-of-the-Road Law, Practical Instruction View full abstract»

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      Avoiding Straight-Road Hazards

      Page(s): 407 - 412
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      This chapter contains sections titled: Straight-Road Riding, Motorists' Overtaking Errors, Incipient Head-Ons, Curbs, Chuckholes, and Railroad Tracks, Slots, Ridges, and Diagonal Railroad Tracks, Slippery Places, Pillars, Posts, Barricades, and Berms, Moving Obstructions—Dogs, Balls, and Children View full abstract»

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      Changing Lanes in Traffic

      Page(s): 413 - 421
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      This chapter contains sections titled: Fear or Confidence?, Low-Speed Lane Changes, Medium-Speed Lane Changes, Changing Lanes in High-Speed Traffic, Last Resorts, Allow Time and Distance, Things to Remember View full abstract»

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      Riding the Intersections

      Page(s): 423 - 452
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      This chapter contains sections titled: Straight Through, Traffic Signals, Motorists' Right Turn on Red, Turns and Channelization, Cyclist's Turning-Lane Rules, Right Turns, Left Turns, Summary of Movements in Intersections, Avoiding Motorists' Intersection Errors, Motorists' Left Turns, Bikeway Intersections, Merges, Diverges, Unions, and Separations, Summary View full abstract»

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      Riding at Night

      Page(s): 453 - 476
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      This chapter contains sections titled: Performance Requirements for Nighttime Protective Equipment, Misinformation about Headlamps, Misinformation about Rear Lamps, Misinformation about Rear Reflectors, and Some True Information, Information and Misinformation about Advertising that You Are a Bicycle, Information and Misinformation about General Reflectorization, Lighting History, Lighting Recommendation, Headlamp Mounting Location, Reflector Mounting Brackets, Lamp Adjustment, Nighttime Technique View full abstract»

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      Riding in the Rain

      Page(s): 477 - 484
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      This chapter contains sections titled: Mudguards, Rain Clothing, Riding Technique View full abstract»

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      Riding in Cold Weather

      Page(s): 485 - 493
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      This chapter contains sections titled: Staying Warm, Road Surfaces, Traffic in the Snow, Maintenance View full abstract»

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      Enjoying Cycling

      Page(s): 495
      Copyright Year: 2012

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      Effective Cycling is an essential handbook for cyclists from beginner to expert, whether daily commuters or weekend pleasure trippers. This thoroughly updated seventh edition offers cyclists the information they need for riding a bicycle under all conditions: on congested city streets or winding mountain roads, day or night, rain or shine. It describes the sheer physical joy of cycling and provides the nuts-and-bolts details of how to choose a bicycle, maintain it, and use it in the most efficient manner. Effective Cycling covers the bicycle itself, repairs and maintenance, basic and advanced cycling skills, and how traffic is organized. It describes cycling with friends, bicycle tours, increasing physical endurance, racing, and even finding a cyclist as marriage partner. Throughout, author John Forester emphasizes that cyclists should consider themselves drivers of vehicles in traffic. That means obeying the rules of the road, because when all drivers obey the same rules, they don't have collisions. Forester explains why cyclists should not be afraid to cycle in traffic, and he urges them to resist being shunted off into government-sponsored bike paths as if they were incompetent children. Cyclists fare best, he says, when they act and are treated as drivers of vehicles. Effective Cycling will help owners of bicycles dusty from disuse become active cyclists and veteran cyclists improve their techniques and achieve their cycling goals. Each section moves from basic to advanced topics; readers are encouraged get on a bicycle and practice each activity after reading about it. View full abstract»

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      Commuting and Utility Cycling

      Page(s): 497 - 520
      Copyright Year: 2012

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      This chapter contains sections titled: It's Your Decision, Cycle-Commuting and Urban Design, Psychology, Politics, and Bikeways, Cycle-Commuting and Your Job, Time and Distance, Dual-Mode Commuting, Storing the Bicycle, Clothing and Sweating, Bike and Equipment, “Trashmos”, Selecting a Route, First Ride, Technique, Overtaking, Intimidation and Education, Noncommuting Utility Cycling, Baggage Trailers View full abstract»

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      Mountain Riding

      Page(s): 521 - 536
      Copyright Year: 2012

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      This chapter contains sections titled: Equipment, Plan Ahead, Map Reading, Training, Climbing, Descending, An Example: Sonora Pass in the Sierra Nevada View full abstract»

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      Club Cycling

      Page(s): 537 - 558
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      This chapter contains sections titled: Why Join a Club?, Finding a Club, Types of Clubs, Organizations that Are Not Cycling Clubs, First Ride, Hard or Easy? Pick Your Group, Group Riding Technique, Signals, Overtaking within a Group, Pace-Lining, Downhills, Cycling Clubs: The Craft and Sport of Cycling, Cycling Tradition View full abstract»

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      Touring

      Page(s): 559 - 593
      Copyright Year: 2012

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      This chapter contains sections titled: The Joy of Touring, Touring Styles, Types of Cycling Terrain, Maps, Using Maps, Clothing, Touring Bicycles and Equipment, Touring Tools, Cycle Camping Equipment, Riding with a Load, Bikes on Airplanes, Bikes on Buses and Trains, A British Cycling Tour View full abstract»

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      Racing

      Page(s): 595 - 612
      Copyright Year: 2012

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      This chapter contains sections titled: Paced or Unpaced, Racing Bicycles, Track Races, Criterium Racing, Road Racing, Massed-Start Racing, A Road Race View full abstract»

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      Cycling with Love

      Page(s): 595 - 637
      Copyright Year: 2012

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      This chapter contains sections titled: Courting, Tandeming: Love at Speed, Trailers and Seats for Young Children, Helping to Ride-Kiddie-Back Tandems and Half-Bicycle Trailers, Join Other Families, Adults-Only Time, Starting to Ride, Letting Grow and Letting Go View full abstract»

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      Cycling in Society

      Page(s): 639
      Copyright Year: 2012

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      Effective Cycling is an essential handbook for cyclists from beginner to expert, whether daily commuters or weekend pleasure trippers. This thoroughly updated seventh edition offers cyclists the information they need for riding a bicycle under all conditions: on congested city streets or winding mountain roads, day or night, rain or shine. It describes the sheer physical joy of cycling and provides the nuts-and-bolts details of how to choose a bicycle, maintain it, and use it in the most efficient manner. Effective Cycling covers the bicycle itself, repairs and maintenance, basic and advanced cycling skills, and how traffic is organized. It describes cycling with friends, bicycle tours, increasing physical endurance, racing, and even finding a cyclist as marriage partner. Throughout, author John Forester emphasizes that cyclists should consider themselves drivers of vehicles in traffic. That means obeying the rules of the road, because when all drivers obey the same rules, they don't have collisions. Forester explains why cyclists should not be afraid to cycle in traffic, and he urges them to resist being shunted off into government-sponsored bike paths as if they were incompetent children. Cyclists fare best, he says, when they act and are treated as drivers of vehicles. Effective Cycling will help owners of bicycles dusty from disuse become active cyclists and veteran cyclists improve their techniques and achieve their cycling goals. Each section moves from basic to advanced topics; readers are encouraged get on a bicycle and practice each activity after reading about it. View full abstract»

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      How Society Pictures Cycling

      Page(s): 641 - 660
      Copyright Year: 2012

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      Effective Cycling is an essential handbook for cyclists from beginner to expert, whether daily commuters or weekend pleasure trippers. This thoroughly updated seventh edition offers cyclists the information they need for riding a bicycle under all conditions: on congested city streets or winding mountain roads, day or night, rain or shine. It describes the sheer physical joy of cycling and provides the nuts-and-bolts details of how to choose a bicycle, maintain it, and use it in the most efficient manner. Effective Cycling covers the bicycle itself, repairs and maintenance, basic and advanced cycling skills, and how traffic is organized. It describes cycling with friends, bicycle tours, increasing physical endurance, racing, and even finding a cyclist as marriage partner. Throughout, author John Forester emphasizes that cyclists should consider themselves drivers of vehicles in traffic. That means obeying the rules of the road, because when all drivers obey the same rules, they don't have collisions. Forester explains why cyclists should not be afraid to cycle in traffic, and he urges them to resist being shunted off into government-sponsored bike paths as if they were incompetent children. Cyclists fare best, he says, when they act and are treated as drivers of vehicles. Effective Cycling will help owners of bicycles dusty from disuse become active cyclists and veteran cyclists improve their techniques and achieve their cycling goals. Each section moves from basic to advanced topics; readers are encouraged get on a bicycle and practice each activity after reading about it. View full abstract»

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      Bike-Safety Programs

      Page(s): 661 - 669
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      This chapter contains sections titled: Why Accurate Public Knowledge of Cycling Is Important, Traditional American Bike-Safety Programs, The Social Environment for Cycling Education in America, Summary of the Effects of Bike-Safety Programs, The Future View full abstract»

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      The Federal “Safety” Regulation for Bicycles with Its Dangerous No-Headlight Standard

      Page(s): 671 - 689
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      This chapter contains sections titled: Engineering Incompetence for Political Ends, Danger without Headlamp, Conclusions View full abstract»

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      The Cyclist-Inferiority Phobia

      Page(s): 691 - 697
      Copyright Year: 2012

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      This chapter contains sections titled: The Cyclist-Inferiority Superstition and Phobia, Phobia Definitions, Cyclist-Inferiority Phobia, Effects of the Cyclist-Inferiority Phobia View full abstract»

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      Revising Laws to Control Cyclists

      Page(s): 699 - 710
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      This chapter contains sections titled: Our Right to Use the Roads, The Bicycle as Vehicle, Conclusions from the History of Traffic Laws for Cyclists View full abstract»

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      The Bikeway Creation Controversy

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      This chapter contains sections titled: Preparing for Bikeways, Creating Discriminatory Laws, Creating the Bikeway Standards, Governmental Policy Regarding Cycling, Governmental Scientific Policy Regarding Bikeways, Safety Comparison of Bikeways and Roadways, Convenience Comparison of Bikeways and Roadways, Importance of Speed in Cycling Transportation, Relative Levels of Skill Required, Engineering and Scientific Summary of Bikeway Controversy, The Appeal of Bikeways View full abstract»

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      Bikeway Results

      Page(s): 735 - 740
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      This chapter contains sections titled: Safety Results, Volume Results, Psychological Results View full abstract»

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      Antimotoring Motivation in Bicycle Transportation

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      Minute Penalties for Killing Cyclists

      Page(s): 745 - 755
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      This chapter contains sections titled: Civil Penalties, Criminal Penalties, The Miller Case, The Swann Case, Why Was Gaylan Ray Lemmings Never Tried for the Death of Christie Lou Stefan?, Wichary Case, The Cyclist-Inferiority Phobia Affects Justice for Cyclists, Vulnerable User Laws, Conclusions View full abstract»

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      Policies of Cycling Organizations and Bicycle Advocacy Organizations

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      This chapter contains sections titled: Bicycle-Related Organizations, Ideological Organizations, Cycling Organizations, Summary View full abstract»

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      Political Strategy for Cyclists

      Page(s): 779 - 788
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      This chapter contains sections titled: The Present Situation, Individual Action, Create the Vehicular-Cycling Organization, Conclusions View full abstract»

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      Appendix: Effective Cycling Instruction and Qualification

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      This chapter contains sections titled: Objectives, Purposes of Effective Cycling, Levels of Effective Cycling Achievement and Recognition View full abstract»

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      Index

      Page(s): 797 - 802
      Copyright Year: 2012

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      Effective Cycling is an essential handbook for cyclists from beginner to expert, whether daily commuters or weekend pleasure trippers. This thoroughly updated seventh edition offers cyclists the information they need for riding a bicycle under all conditions: on congested city streets or winding mountain roads, day or night, rain or shine. It describes the sheer physical joy of cycling and provides the nuts-and-bolts details of how to choose a bicycle, maintain it, and use it in the most efficient manner. Effective Cycling covers the bicycle itself, repairs and maintenance, basic and advanced cycling skills, and how traffic is organized. It describes cycling with friends, bicycle tours, increasing physical endurance, racing, and even finding a cyclist as marriage partner. Throughout, author John Forester emphasizes that cyclists should consider themselves drivers of vehicles in traffic. That means obeying the rules of the road, because when all drivers obey the same rules, they don't have collisions. Forester explains why cyclists should not be afraid to cycle in traffic, and he urges them to resist being shunted off into government-sponsored bike paths as if they were incompetent children. Cyclists fare best, he says, when they act and are treated as drivers of vehicles. Effective Cycling will help owners of bicycles dusty from disuse become active cyclists and veteran cyclists improve their techniques and achieve their cycling goals. Each section moves from basic to advanced topics; readers are encouraged get on a bicycle and practice each activity after reading about it. View full abstract»