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finished Bobke II last night(15 posts)

finished Bobke II last nightJS Haiku Shop
Jan 16, 2004 9:58 AM
the man is a genius.

first half of the book is "Bobke", his first book, reprinted.

last half is a new series of essays, lists, and observations that one might expect from the mouth of Bob Roll.

I am a very slow reader--not in wpm, but as far as actually putting aside the time dedicated only to reading. life, work, riding, being a dad--tough to read at times. but finally i realized how much disdain i hold for television (excepting OLN cycling coverage and educational channels, of course), and remembered how i miss reading and being challenged.

not that Bobke II will challenge you in any way. but, i was laughing aloud at home enough to be questioned.

Bobke II: recommended read.
My favoriteDave Hickey
Jan 16, 2004 10:06 AM
Without giving it away, my favorite was Bobke doing his roadside "duty" in front of the family. I was reading it on an airplane and I burst out laughing
favorite parts of the book, for me:JS Haiku Shop
Jan 16, 2004 10:10 AM
his lists, commandments, numbered commentary, and traniing advise. priceless.
Been wanting to read it. I'll have to pick it up. Thanks! nmKG 361
Jan 16, 2004 10:12 AM
topic shift: Amazon.comJS Haiku Shop
Jan 16, 2004 10:14 AM
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I have to look for more touring essaysDave Hickey
Jan 16, 2004 10:19 AM
I've been on this bike touring kick for the last couple of months. I've read about 10 books of people touring across the US or riding around the world. I found a used book store that was selling them $3 ea. I'm just about to finish my last one. It's time to find some more..
Some recommendations, if you haven't read them yet.theBreeze
Jan 16, 2004 12:16 PM
I found these this past year. All great.
"Where the Pavement Ends" Erika Warmbrunn - One woman's bicyle trip though Mongolia, China and Vietnam

"Cold Beer and Crocodiles" Roff Smith - Touring Australia, of course.

Pedaling the Ends of The Earth" David Duncan - 4 guys around the world, 1981-1982. Some very good insights on the return home.

And of course my favorite cycling book, "The Yellow Jersey" just because it is so odd.
Some recommendations, if you haven't read them yet.Dave Hickey
Jan 16, 2004 12:23 PM
Thanks, I'm finishing "Pedaling the ends of the earth" right now. I haven't read the other ones. Thanks
"Cold Beer and Crocodiles" was edited by a Lardbutt...Gregory Taylor
Jan 16, 2004 12:44 PM
Yup, it's true!

"Cold Beer and Crocodiles" was edited by Allan Fallow, a founding member of Team Lardbutt. Excellent book, by the way...
A tip for anyone searching used book stores...Dave Hickey
Jan 16, 2004 1:32 PM
Look in the travel section not cycling. Most travel sections have travel essays or an adventure travel catagory.
I have to look for more touring essayscyclingforwealth
Jan 17, 2004 2:27 PM
Dervla Murphy has written many books about her tours of different parts of the world on a bicycle.

Eric Newby is a great writer. Among his titles is "Round Ireland in Low Gear", about touring Ireland with his wife.

These books can be found in the travel section of any good sized used bookstore.
Thanks, Bro =) nmKG 361
Jan 16, 2004 10:32 AM
Love the Bobke, but...Gator
Jan 16, 2004 11:12 AM
man, that guy is one crazy-ass hillbilly. I think he does a great job on commentary, but I came away from that book praying that I would never end up alone in a cabin somewhere with that guy. Some WACKY stuff going through that head, lemme tell ya.

On the topic of cycling books, a great find was "Bad to the Bone" by James Waddington. You've heard of magical realism--welcome to cycling surrealism. An amazingly original book.
Love the Bobke, but...ClydeTri
Jan 18, 2004 4:08 PM
I recnetly had the opportunity to talk with a cyclist, who shall remain nameless, but, he roomed with Bobke in the TdF when they rode for 7-11. He said Bobke is exactly the person or persona you think he is, mouth constantly running, funny stories..
I actually was a little disappointed...Asiago
Jan 16, 2004 11:18 AM
The replrint of his racing diaries was interesting, but not what I was hoping for. The later part of the book is just a reprint of his velonews columns. All well and good, but not what I was hoping for their either.

I was really hoping for more of his stories from his racing days (like the family picnic thing, though not necessarily that, er, colorful).

I mean, the guy most have azillion incredible stories about racing in Europe when the 7-Eleven team was breaking new ground. That was what I wanted to read about. Stories of the road. Of living in a tent, riding to a race, riding back to his tent, hoping he had won some money so he could eat. Where were those stories?

Good read though. Just was looking for something else.

Asiago