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Old 01-21-05, 10:03 AM   #1
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Howard Zinn's "Cycling Primer"

I just received this book yesterday. (I have his maintenance book - between it and the Park Tools site - and sometimes Sheldon Brown - I feel pretty comfortable with minor repairs).

I was quite impressed with this. Even though I knew a lot of this info (having largely gleaned it from posters here), it is pretty well written. There are several chapters on "fit" and the different approaches to it and related formulas, lots on training (I particularly liked this section), good info on geometry, gearing, and also sections on skills such as counter-steering, etc. Most of the sections are split into a "road bike" and "mountain bike" part.

I'm curious what other people think of this book. I'm relatively new to road biking, but a lot of stuff I've read is pretty elementary or common sense. This was a bit deeper, IMO.
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Is this the same Howard Zinn who wrote A People's History of the US?!?
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Leonard, maybe.
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Leonard, maybe.
Okay, okay. You got me
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Leonard, maybe.

On his website, ZinnCycles. com, he spells his name, Lennard. I haven't read his book, but his website material makes sense to me. He creates beautiful custom bicycles for tall people like 7 ft pro basketball players. He's done a lot of research on proportion of femur length to crank length. Roughly, he recommends femur length in inches equal to crank length in centimeters.
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On his website, ZinnCycles. com, he spells his name, Lennard. I haven't read his book, but his website material makes sense to me. He creates beautiful custom bicycles for tall people like 7 ft pro basketball players. He's done a lot of research on proportion of femur length to crank length. Roughly, he recommends femur length in inches equal to crank length in centimeters.
Yes, he's done some building and coaching as well as riding and mechanics. If you wanted a real indepth book on fitting, for example, this is not it (it's a primer), but it's more detailed than many that I've seen.
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Hey, as a bus driver, I would have thought that your handle would be Kramden, not Norton
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Hey, as a bus driver, I would have thought that your handle would be Kramden, not Norton

You noticed! ....Actually my last name really is Norton....& I have much more in common with my Uncle Ed than I do with Ralphie Boy.....
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