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How to Rock and Roll: A City Rider's Repair Manual
"Sam Tracy is the world's Most Dangerous Bike Mechanic! He wants you to ENJOY fixing your bike! He not only wants you to adjust your own bike, he wants you to adjust your attitude! His no-nonsense midwestern radicalism blasts the lycra-chrome designer consumerism that plagues bicycling in its place he asserts the autonomy and human freedom he fervently believes a daily bic ...more
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published August 1st 2001 by Black Kettle Graphics
(first published 2000)
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Sad to hear that this is out of print. I first saw it as a photocopied zine, and quickly snatched it up once Sam found a real publisher. It stayed by my side during my last few years at the infamous Baatcave Bike Library and never steered me wrong. If you find a copy, check out the hub section. The reference picture shows a cigarette in his hand and a beer can at his side. Punk fucking rock, this book is.
Sam Tracy began producing the zine Biker Pride in the early 1990s, and the project later broadened just enough to become the urban cycling-focused Multiplier. He is the author of Bicycle!: A Repair and Maintenance Manifesto (Speck) and How to Rock and Roll. Having toiled as a bicycle mechanic and messenger for more than a decade, Tracy is now taking a break from the industry to serve as the office ...moreMore about Sam Tracy