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Roadie: The Misunderstood World of a Bike Racer [Paperback]

By Jamie Smith & Jef Mallett (Illustrator)
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In the world of cycling, there are enthusiasts and then there are "roadies" --- the cyclist whose passion for bike racing cannot be tamed. A confirmed roadie will go to any length to better his record --- from shaving his legs to dropping a fortune on a bike --- and the reactions to a roadie's determination can vary from disbelief to outright scorn. Jamie Smith is a confirmed roadie, and in this unique book, he sets out to explain the often-misunderstood world of roadies, delving into the groups many neuroses and lightheartedly illuminating just what it is that keeps these extreme cyclists coming back for more. Accompanied by amusing illustrations from a nationally syndicated cartoonist, this look into a bike racing subculture is sure to convert even the most hardened skeptics.

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Pages   206
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 28, 2008
Publisher   VeloPress
ISBN  1934030171  
ISBN13  9781934030172  

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More About Jamie Smith & Jef Mallett

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jamie Smith has been a bike racer since 1983 and a bike race announcer since 1985, working his way up through the ranks of amateur cycling and traveling with some of the world's greatest cyclists. When he's not on his bike, Jamie is a public information officer and photographer for the City of Rochester in Michigan.

Jamie Smith currently resides in Oviedo.

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Reviews - What do customers think about Roadie: The Misunderstood World of a Bike Racer?

Not what I was expecting...  Sep 15, 2008
I have been an avid cycling enthusiast for some time. Most of the people I know don't understand why I like it so much or why I spend so much money on cycling. I was hoping this book would focus mostly on that; in the beginning, it did explain the rationale (or lack of) behind a cyclist's behavior, but then it became too technical and focused too much on racing for my tastes. I feel that most of the cyclists I know are recreational riders instead of racers; I didn't realize that there were that many racers around. All of that being said, I still enjoyed the book, but I think it was because I was able to understand it. Even if your cyclist is not a racer, this book will help you understand his/her love of cycling.
Great book!  Aug 29, 2008
This was a very funny read. I am a racer myself and loved the book. This book is even better for friends and family who do not fully understand what is means to be a racer. Very light read, easy to get through, funny, all around awesome book!

Now go buy it!
Decent, with flaws  Aug 4, 2008
I'm a recreational cyclist (70-80 miles/week), so I picked this up to see if I could gain some insight into the races I enjoyed watching. I found the information to be comprehensive in scope but lacking in depth. The author perhaps could have devoted more time to equipment and tactics, rather then superficial topics such as how many people you can get into a hotel room. Having said that, the book was decent but I continuously found myself put off by two themes the author kept repeating.
- Cycling is "better" than any other sport, bikers worker "harder" than other athletes, etc. Aside from just the silliness of this argument (how can one sport be better than another; do bikers really work harder than marathon runners, mountain climbers, football players in August, etc?), the constant need to do this comes across as insecure. Biking is cool enough on its own, no need to try so hard.
- Roadies are mavericks, flaunting society's norms, rebels, etc. Any hard core athletes will find themselves different from other people, that's just the nature of intense training and the things people need to do and buy to participate in the sport. Apart from that, biking and bikers seem to impose conformity more so than in other sports. All bikers wear the same kind of clothes, accessories are adopted en-mass by bikers, and conforming to the group's norms seem more important here than say, in baseball. For example, he lists the reasons for shaving one's legs; so that others know you are hard core roadie. Looking at a peloton or group of superior riders, you see the individuality lost in a haze of identical helmets, glasses and apparel, even for recreational bikers. Bikers in general seem to come from a very narrow slice of the demographic pie; white, male, relatively well off and educated. Not exactly a group of individualist mavericks.

I liked the drawings.
Now I get it!  Aug 1, 2008
Obviously, from some of the reviews on here, some people don't understand that this book isn't written as an instruction manual for roadies. This is a book for people like me...friend of a roadie trying to understand the lifestyle. Before reading this book, I knew NOTHING about the cycling world. I found the book extremely informative and entertaining at the same time. There is a lot of good information in here and the wit and humor that the author and illustrator used kept me interested. After reading "Roadie" I HAD to see a race in person...perhaps to answer the question "Does this really happen?". Yep, it really happens. And now the world of bike racing has a new supporter. I'm hooked!
I won't buy this book  Jul 22, 2008
I love cycling and read and own lots of cycling books, but this one puts me right off. First of all, what's the idea of having a silly comic-book cover for a hopefully serious book about cycling? Secondly, from the reviews that I've seen of people who have read the book, it sounds more like a joke book than a cycling book: "couldn't stop laughing", etc., etc. I don't mind laughing and jokes, don't get me wrong. In fact "Laughter is the best medicine" is one of great truths of all time. But what's that got to do with cycling? Breaking your back up a massive climb (Alpe d'Huez tomorrow!) or - the one I'm more familiar with - busting a gut trying to hang on to the back of the bunch hardly seems to have anything to do with laughing. Sorry about this book, which could probably have been very interesting, but I take my cycling seriously

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