RE-Cycling is not a book for the put-your-head-down-and-ride-like-the-wind-while-only-seeing-the-pavement-and-the-tire-in-front-of-you-rider. It is a primer for adults who want to get back into cycling but have been putting it off because they are unsure of how to go about it. The author covers, in plain language, with a touch of humor, starting out, buying the bike, equipment, where to ride, the rules of the road, more comfortable riding, and riding more seriously. He gives common sense suggestions for safer, more enjoyable cycling, and answers questions that have been asked over the years by adults interested in taking up bicycling again. The book is written with two aims in mind: To encourage adults to take up cycling again and to help them get started. There are also amusing and interesting bicycling anecdotes at the end of each chapter.
About the Author
Bruce Wynkoop is from the St. Paul half of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul in Minnesota. He has been cycling seriously for thirty-five years. After knee and back pain caused him to give up jogging, he needed a form of exercise that wasn’t so hard on his body. Starting with short rides and quickly working up to longer ones, he soon came to enjoy it so much that he wondered why more people don’t do it. He now averages 2500 miles/season on his road and hybrid bikes (combined) and has ridden numerous cross-state rides; both in supported rides, with many other riders, put on by organizations, and self-supported rides with just a couple of friends (carrying everything needed for a week’s ride on their bikes).
The organized rides (many of which have descriptive names) in which he has ridden are: TRAM (The Ride Across Minnesota) numerous times, the Swiss Cheese and Spotted Cow Ride (in, where else, Wisconsin), Candisc (Cycling Around North Dakota in Sacajawea Country), BRAN (Bike Ride Across Nebraska), Headwaters 100 (along the headwaters of the Mississippi in northern Minnesota), Tour of Saints (in Minnesota), The Grand Excursion and The Door County Ride (both in Wisconsin).
He has ridden, with one or two friends The Great River Road (St. Paul to St. Louis), the KATY Trail in Missouri, The George Mickelson Trail in South Dakota, around Lake Champlain, a week-long bike and barge trip in Holland, North Dakota’s Theodore National Park, South Dakota’s Badlands National Park, the Trail of the Coeur D’Alenes in Idaho, and many other interesting places.
In 2010 the author and a friend rode, unsupported (without a supply van following, carrying everything they would need for the 2 1/2-month trip on their bikes) the 4,250-mile Trans-America Bike Trail (Virginia to Oregon). Along the ride they learned many things such as, while you can’t roller skate through a buffalo herd (from an old song) you can cycle through one (by holding onto an RV so the buffalo [who don’t especially like bicycles] think you are just part of the vehicle), what moonshine tastes like (gasoline), the proper way to pronounce Kansas (when you’re cycling across it it’s pronounced Kansas, Kansas, Kansas, Kansas), and how hot it can be in Hell’s Canyon (102 degrees the day we rode through it).
Bruce considers himself a “serious-casual” rider, rides for exercise and pleasure, not for ego, and says “I don’t ride fast but I can ride all day.” He hasn’t ridden in the Tour de France, won any cycling awards, or set any records for riding across the country (even for his age group), and has no desire to do so. He has, however, cycled extensively, loves to cycle, and thinks the world would be a better place if more people cycled.
Since writing this book, Bruce has ridden the 4,250 mile long Trans-America Bike Route with one friend. Unsupported, they both took everything they would need on their bikes.
Get in touch with Bruce Wynkoop:
Email address: [email protected]
RE-Cycling: Taking up Bicycling Again as an Adult
By Bruce Wynkoop
Paperback: 92 pages
Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting