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Bike & Chain

A reader recently contacted us suggesting we post a link to Bike & Chain, a book written by an unnamed author who’s reportedly a long time East Coast activist. The Ultimate Guide to Bicycling Culture is not your typical bike book. It’s not a novel, the website claims, “Because novels are fiction.”

After a cursory glance through the pages, Bike & Chain looks promising. The book is available for free online, and broken down by chapter as individual PDF files. Check it out.

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  1. scottAugust 22, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    There is nothing worse than the cover design of a self-published book. I hope the writing is a touch better.

  2. Urban JeffAugust 22, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    Isn’t there some sort of adage about judging a book by its cover?

  3. scottAugust 23, 2008 at 11:08 am

    that adage is dumb. i TOTALLY judge books by their covers. :)

  4. BrianAugust 23, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    Wow. over 1,000 pages of material to pour over. Pretty ambitious if nothing else.

    I tried reading through some of the chapters that looked interesting to me, but it was really hard to get through… the style is a rambling prose that never really seems to focus on anything for more than a sentence or two. It was more than a bit nerve-wracking.

  5. Another ScottAugust 25, 2008 at 7:02 pm

    Crimany! Is this thing tedius! It’s like something a meth-head would crank out (pun intended) while on a 3 day panic.

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  7. Alison ChaikenSeptember 5, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    The web is full of readable self-published books, but _Bike and Chain_ is not one of them. Try Steve Roberts’ very enjoyable _Computing across America_ or _Miles with Maggie_ instead. Or how about _The Road that has No End_? Even if you don’t want to read about cycling, John Sundman’s _Acts of the Apostles_ is excellent, and William Vollman’s _You Bright and Risen Angels_ was originally written in a cubicle at night.

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