From Chronicle Books:
Cycling is exploding—in a good way. Urbanites everywhere, from ironic hipsters to earth-conscious commuters, are taking to the bike like aquatic mammals to water. BikeSnobNYC—cycling's most prolific, well-known, hilarious, and anonymous blogger—brings a fresh and humorous perspective to the most important vehicle to hit personal transportation since the horse. Bike Snob treats readers to a laugh-out-loud rant and rave about the world of bikes and their riders, and offers a unique look at the ins and outs of cycling, from its history and hallmarks to its wide range of bizarre practitioners. Throughout, the author lampoons the missteps, pretensions, and absurdities of bike culture while maintaining a contagious enthusiasm for cycling itself. Bike Snob is an essential volume for anyone who knows, is, or wants to become a cyclist.
If you are a fan of BikeSnobNYC (aka Eben Weiss), you need to realign your expectations before opening Bike Snob Systematically and Mercilessly Realigning the World of Cycling (2010, San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books). There ARE a few choice literary tidbits like "While some Roadies do ride off-road as well, many are put off by the presence of distasteful things like mud, rocks, fun, and a spirit of camaraderie" (comparing Roadies and Mountain Bikers). For the most part, however, the book is a serious look at cycling, though it has more breadth than depth. The writing is of good quality, pithy stories are intermingled with sound advice, and all in all it's a decent read. Not at all what I expected or wanted, I think a compendium of blog posts is warranted, to give Eben his due. Still a decent effort and worth searching out.