Thursday, March 3, 2016

This Just In: I Made a New Book!

Day after day I selflessly blog for your reading enjoyment, but today's post is all about me, so deal with it.


(Me.)

Specifically, I'm officially announcing that my new book will come out on May 3rd, 2016:



Not only does this book contain thousands upon thousands of exquisite hand-curated words painstakingly chosen by me, the undisputed world's greatest bike blogger in the world, but it is also illustrated by a professional.  This means it looks great, unlike my stupid blog:


You can of course find out more about the book on the publisher's website, but if you'd like some more insight here's how I formally pitched it:

The ULTIMATE BICYCLE OWNER'S MANUAL will approach cycling as a cultural phenomenon and a way of life, not just a sport or a hobby.  This will be the book you wish came with every bike sold.  Equal parts reverence and entertainment,  it will make sense of cycling as it exists today--a bewildering assortment of young people, older people, men, women, children, roadies, mountain bikers, racers, tourists, commuters, hipsters, activists and apathetic hedonists, and so on, all with their own unique set of tastes and circumstances, but all united by their undying love of the bike.

All humility aside, I'm pleased to report I totally pulled it off.  Racing, commuting, bike shops, #whatpressureyourunning, cycling with children, how the auto industry stole the roads from us...you'll find all of it and more in here, and you'll have fun reading it too.  And while I'm not going to put you to sleep with step-by-step instructions on how to overhaul your hub, I will explain why helmet laws are stupid.  (You'll also want to give this book to that friend, neighbor, or co-worker who's always asking, "Hey, you bike a lot, what kind of bike should I get?")

Just don't try to read it while you're riding, or you'll almost certainly crash.

While the book will not be in stores until May 3rd, rather than wait until then you can pre-order it now from your favorite retailers, and I hope that you will:

Pre-order from Amazon

Pre-order from B&N

Pre-order from IndieBound

Also, we're planning some fun events around publication time (I'd also like to put together another Gran Fondon't around then), but in the meantime for any publicity-related requests or inquiries please contact Kara Thornton at Hachette Books | Black Dog & Leventhal using the following email address:

kara.thornton [at] hbgusa [dot] com

I think that about covers it for now.  Thank you very much for your readership over the years, and please excuse my occasional self-promotional shouts of "Holdja Line!" in the coming weeks as I sprint towards the publication of my fourth (!) book.

--Wildcat Rock Machine



96 comments:

Ted K. said...

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Anonymous said...

1st, if you don't count Ted, which you shouldn't!

N/A said...

SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION, SELLING OUT, YADA YADA...

N/A said...

Shouldn't count Anony Mooses, either.

N/A said...

Kidding aside: congratumalations, Wildcat.

dancesonpedals said...

Tarmac

Roille Figners said...

Thank you for taking on the task of explaining stuff to my noob friends -I notice I have a decreasing amount of patience for it.

babble on said...

Yeah, but what about your #newbooktour?! When are you coming back to Vancouver, hmmmmm? This time we'll definitely stick around for the booze and the post-talk talking. After all, everybody knows that
#shamelessselfpromotionshouldalwaysincludealcohol

Alberto C. said...


Finger Bang!

Anonymous said...

Looks nice, but I'm disappointed that your "next book" wasn't some sort NYC history, which is what I expected. The Brooks postings are now the best.

And we've gone from "there is no such thing as bike culture" to "a cultural phenomenon."

BikeSnobNYC said...

Anonymous 10:48pm,

If you'd like I'm happy to print out the Brooks postings and sell them to you.

--Wildcat Rock Machine

N/A said...

Can you chamfer a book?

Lieutenant Oblivious said...

Turd Teenth!

N/A said...

The comments on the Amazon page show that some people are really stupid and miss the point.

McFly said...

#whatpressureurunnininthatspeedo???

J.D. Leonard said...

Stickers?

Lieutenant Oblivious said...

Congrats on the book!

Will it be available for sale locally in N(ot)S(afe)(for)W(ork) Australia? It would be a public service and perhaps help reverse the draconian tide of anti-cyclist laws down fromunda.

If one purchases it right here in Canada and Mexico's grundle, can said person then bring it to a publicity event for autographing by Snob, or will only those books purchased at the publicity event be eligible to receive autographs? Enquiring Freds and Fredericas want to know.

Fred Clydesdale said...

fine, i'll give it a chance. but i don't see how this can POSSIBLY replace my duct-taped copy of "richard's bicycle book"

Anonymous said...

I'm still trying to read your last book that I bought 10 years ago.

Victor Kaminski said...

vsk said ...

Early one Beaches !!!



vsk

Victor Kaminski said...

vsk said ...

Awesome!
With all those royalties you can run for president too!


vsk

Blog Drafter said...

Hmmm, my favorite bike blogger is selling a book due out in May that will tell me much of what I already know about bikes, but in a humorous fashion. My favorite physicist Sean Carroll is also selling a book due out in May that will tell me all about the Universe, Time, and Everything, much of which I know nothing about, but also in a humorous fashion. My entire book budget for the year is $20.00 (U.S.).. Help!

Freddy Murcks said...

Jobst Brandt is spinning in his grave - on an exceptionally balanced, hand built set of wheels, of course.

DB said...

I see where Abe Vigoda gave you a nice review. Before he died or after?

I pre-ordered. Looking forward to some laughs and new stickers.

cuckoolemon.com said...

congratulations, dude!

bad boy of the north said...

congrats,again,sir snob!i put in a pre-order 'round about a fortnight ago.looking forward to another grand,gran fondon't.

JB said...

Congrats!

balls™ said...

If there's one particular site where the purchase gives you slightly more turkey, be sure to mention it at some point.

I'm going to go read any bad reviews. The clueless make me laugh.

Very Slim Pickins said...

Ms. Babble, if I'm reading you correctly the last time Snobville Publications rolled into Vancouver you didn't invite him over to see your bike collection. If the tour gets there in the summer this time, maybe you could invite him to come over to Wreck Beach.

the Jimboner said...

FIST BUMP

Mark Twain said...

Can't wait to peruse the multiple chapters on proper tire inflation pressures. Will there be chapters dedicated to sand bikes, gravel bikes, snow bikes? A chapter on Zen and the art of bicycle maintenance? A photo of maple leaf babe without the maple leaves? Will Babble be the centerfold? Questions, questions, questions...

Fred MacMurray said...

Now I know what to tell the family when they ask what a good Father's Day present would be. My dresser drawer can not hold another bottle of old spice.)

(Wildcat, have you started getting decorated soup can pencil holders for Father's Day yet?)

The King of Park Slope said...

BOOK SHLL

recumbent conspiracy theorist said...

Wildcat Bookmachine.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the commenter's link to the Amazonian reviews... I enjoyed reading the "What, there are Bakefeits, but No Triathlon Bikes!!" review.

Regular guy said...

I'm no graphic designer, but that page layout looks like a parks department pamphlet.

Francois said...

Cool, a new gift idea for people that already received the first book (repetition is the foundation of teaching).

PS: There's a typo on the front page… it's pedle, not pedal.

P. Bateman said...

where in the dewey decimal system to they place your books?

humour?
how to manuals?
erotica?

ken e. said...

what is up with triathletes anyways? it's like they're condensed road-bike idiocy. less skills, less etiquette, and even in the middle of winter, less fenders. to say nothing of their sartorial choices...

BOOK LNCH
BEER PRTY

trama said...

Def looking forward to going through a fresh stack of those puppies and taking all the stickers.

STKR SNOB

Michael Asay said...

Please say there is a tour in the works. Powell's in Portland or BUST!

Pathetic Old Cyclist said...

Congratualtions, Snobby! If I make the cut for this year's Fon Don't, will you autograph my copy by riding over it with your Brompton? I can't wait to read about everything I've been doing wrong all these years.

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Gordon said...

I just placed my order for your new book and am looking forward to it! Thanks for your years of service to the cycling community.

Anonymous said...

Nice work, put it on pre-order. What happened to Chronicle?

dcee604 said...

Congratulations on the latest book!

DB said...

Babs and Commie:
Where in Canada should we move to if Donald wins?

Dooth said...

Apathetic hedonist? Moi? Damn right. Cycling feels so good, fuck all else.

Kurt Jensen said...

I'm looking forward to the chapter that deals specifically with recumbents.

N/A said...

I'm sure there's a lengthy treatise on scranal/chamois interpersonal relations and the associated need for creams and ointments to be generously slathered upon one's nether regions.

Frickus Rungus said...

Wildcat,

Do you view book dust jackets as a necessary filth-prophylactic, or are they more like a healment: removed immediately upon receiving the book and only to be used when down under.

Anonymous said...

Félicitations Mister Snob!

Anonymous said...

"Not only does this book contain thousands upon thousands of exquisite hand-curated words painstakingly chosen by me..."

Bet there are a couple of words made up by you as well...

Anonymous said...

Where can I download it for free? Will it be cheaper on Chain Reaction?

Billy said...

Definitely apathetic hedonist.

leroy said...

Well of course I want an Ultimate Bicycle Manual.

I don't mean to brag, but my dog assures me any bike I'm on may be my ultimate because I'm clearly on my last legs.









leroy said...

Dear Mr. BSNYC --

My dog asked me to point out you could sell a lot of books if you throw in a pair of Hamilton tickets.

Hope that helps.

leroy

grog said...

New book. Good.
I need a resupply of stickers which are to be found at the back.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a long(er!) winded version of a Grant Petersen article. Good luck with the grouching.

bieks said...

Hey Snob, you're in big trouble for publishing evidence. That first photo is Femke's brother as he's leaving the pet store.

At least now we know how he smuggled that budgie.

billyhacker said...

Love that wacky nom de plume. How'd you think that one up? Preordered for the backstory.

Donald T. said...

Your book is ugly and stupid! My book is much better looking and millions of people love it and ME!! Now I'm going to write an even better book and people will love that one even more!

dancesonpedals said...

We could all pre-review it on Amazon

DB said...

Snob:
i don't know where you found a photo of a triathlete not wearing any neon colors.
I thought it was a requirement that they had to wear one item that was neon green or orange.

Anonymous said...

You don't count.

bikeshepherd said...

Thanks Snob, your new book arrives very close to my husband's 62nd birthday. He is a big old bike nerd and will surely enjoy the read.

crosspalms said...

Congrats! Does it come with a "read me" page so we do it right? I'm used to reading things front to back, or sometimes just dipping in at random, but if that's going to kill me just as dead as riding a non-gravel bike on gravel, I'd like a heads-up. Other than that, looking forward to it. If you do a book-signing in Chicago in, say, August, you can wear that outfit, too.

Anonymous said...

Here's hoping the Kindle price will be reduced :)

Charlie the Tuna said...

A chapter of salmon recipes is a must!

Eric Stoffer said...

When you drive the leased Hyundai on your bill tour, please come back to Cleveland.

Anonymous said...

Snob (or EW}, So why did you choose to go with Eben Weiss aka Bike Snob instead of Bike Snob aka Eben Weiss? Are you having some sort of identity crisis?

Snob's Rabbi said...

...and I am used to reading things from back to front.

Snob's Rabbi said...

p.s. Dear Capcha, a stakebed truck is NOT a pickup.

Just sayin...

Scranus Maximus said...

Snob's gonna change his name to Wildbook Cat Machine.

HDEB (my real initials) said...

Excited to read the new book! I will admit that I half expected Bike Snob to write a book in the vein of Ted K. posts. Ted K's posts are too well written and insightful to be buried in the comments of the greatest bike blog on earth.

Bike Snob rocks!

wle said...

wait, if this is the greatest bike book,
how come the GBB greatest bike blogger,
couldn;t make it uncrashable while reading?

HMM?

wle

BamaPhred said...

According to one of the reviewers on Amazon, Snob is now Even.

babble on said...

DB - Totally depends on what you want. I could live in Montreal, for sure for sure. People love TO, too, but it's not really my cuppa. Obviously I find Vancouver the sweetest spot, but there's so much dirty money sitting in empty homes out here that it's stoooopid expensive. Lots of great little places just out of town, too, and I love love loved living on Saltspring Island. And Haida Gwaii, too. It is magical if you like remote.

Slim. We should arrange a fondon't at every stop. Vancouver's fondon't could end at Wreck.

Mikko Rossman said...

Publisher's website title bar reads "Ultimate Bicycle Owner's Manuel".

Manuel's Manual, or,
Care and feeding of your bicycle helper:

The Language Barrier.
Dealing With Deportations.
Cultural Issues: (What's That God-awful Smell?)
Etc.

Anonymous said...

Sorry. We are only accepting people with limited skills and in poor health who have no interest in learning our language or customs. Try Europe.

Anonymous said...

Is Eben a real name?

BBnet3000 said...
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BBnet3000 said...

"Just don't try to read it while you're riding, or you'll almost certainly crash."


http://i.imgur.com/KDjROFi.jpg

Anonymous said...

Scott Kelly grew 2 inches during his year in space. His wife was extremely excited to have him back home. Lift off went fine and then he hit the afterburners and her eyes rolled back in her head from the force of the thrust.

bad boy of the north said...

anyone having problems getting here on your smartphone?mcafee gives me a big warning,but only if I use my smartphone.only recently.never a problem before.online at home,no problem.weird.

dancesonpedals said...

It's good that she jumped on it right away. After 28 hours, he shrank back to his original (ahem) height.
Must.Stay. Out of Pool

Lieutenant Oblivious said...

@BBnet3000

Snob's advice is for the general masses. That guy is obviously a trained professional on a closed course, don't try that at home!

BikeSnobNYC said...

Anonymous 12:39am,

Inasmuch as it is a collection of phonemes used to distinguish one human from another why yes, yes it is.

Could you provide an example of a name that isn't real?

--Wildcat Rock Machine

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what is fuck? jerkhard sirdribbledick

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is dribbling

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Anonymous said...

Hey Snob come to Pittsburgh and ride the trails. You can ride all the way from Pittsburgh to Washington D.C.! That is one HELL of a number of stops to sell your book.
You can ride around the city on a bunch of bridges and trails too. A visit to Pittsburgh will give you plenty of opportunities to rip on the city and its YINZER (yep, as in "Yinz wanna beer) residents.
Even a smug, fabulously successful writer like you can always use some new material, right?
T. Fuckwad Wankie
P.S. Congrats on the new book

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