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Old 08-09-06, 06:43 PM
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Bike Literature

I'm looking to buy a book as a present, and i was wondering if you guys have any suggestions for a book (photo or literature) or otherwise pertaining to the Fixed gear/messenger life style, aka the "biker/pirate" lifestyle and subculture, as aposed to the spandex life, i dont mean to generalize, but think you know what i mean.

So any good books?

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check out
www.microcosmpublishing.com

thay have loads of bike stuff...
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The Mountain Bike Way of Knowledge is a great book. It's half funny, half serious, mainly comic-ish illustrations. A fun read. Doesn't really have anything to do with SS/FG/urban riding, but a good book in any case, and it has tips that any biker can use (e.g. how to deal with dogs, etc.)
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"pedal" if it is out yet
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"pedal" if it is out yet
It's out. The documentary is so-so, but the picture book has a lot of pretty bikes in it.
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Yes it has people in spandex on the cover. It's still a cool book.
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Sakae - please refrain from calling it pirate. Would you ask Merckx for a pirate bike? I certainly hope not. Anyways...
Taliah Lempert has a coloring book
(available direct: http://www.bicyclepaintings.com/info...ook/index.html or through www.reloadbags.com)
The recent release of Pedal (even though it is from 2000) is nice as it contains both a book and a DVD that revolves around messenger culture.

and there are numerous photo books available. I would use the NYBMA site to pick up anything recent, as they have Pedal, RedLightGo, and Bike Messengers Life (by Eddie Williams).
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Dave Perry's "Bike Cult" is not to be missed.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/156...191823?ie=UTF8

i know, that's a lot of URL. get over it.
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