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Protecting fascinating and sundry philosophical terrain, Cycling - Philosophy for Everyone explores in a enjoyable yet severe method the wealthy philosophical, cultural, and existential reports that come up while wheels are propelled by way of human power. <ul type="disc"> * accommodates or displays the perspectives of high-profile and awesome past-professional cyclists and insiders   akin to Lennard Zinn, Scott Tinley, and Lance Armstrong * positive aspects contributions from the components of cultural reviews, kinesiology, literature, and political technology in addition to from philosophers * comprises enlightening essays at the different types of the biking adventure, starting from the moral problems with good fortune, girls and biking, environmental problems with commuting and the transformative capability of biking for private progress * indicates how bicycling and philosophy create definitely the right tandem * encompasses a foreword by way of Lennard Zinn, writer and proprietor of Zinn Cycles Inc.

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NOTES 1 Peter Sloterdijk, Du mußt dein Leben ändern (Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp, 2009), p. 251 (my translation). 2 Maxine Sheets-Johnstone, The Roots of Thinking (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1990), p. 16. 3 Marc Augé, Éloge de la bicyclette (Paris: Payot, 2008), p. 29. indd 38 S TEEN NEP P ER LARS EN 4/24/2010 7:18:14 AM B RY C E T. J . DY E R CHAPTER 4 UNLEASH THE BEAST Technology and the Time Trial Getting Out of the Gate Of all the cycling disciplines, none are so pure in their intent than that of the time trial.

My labored breathing echoed from my gasping mouth. My heart beat pounded in my chest and thumped in my ears. My visual focus oscillated between a spot 20 feet ahead of my bike and the bike computer that unsympathetically measured my toil one-tenth of a mile at a time. My training strategy disintegrated into simply keeping the bike moving forward. Two and a half hours later, I had completed my first lesson in cycling distance. Demoralized, I realized that I was on pace to finish those 100 miles only after ten hours of pedaling!

One might say that I become bigger than my own flesh (and I’m big enough at 6 ft. ), when I fasten metal and rubber to my skin and extend my outer extremities. The racing bicycle is the extension of the body and the ultimate skin of thought and awareness. The intense presence of the winds of the world, whistling through hairy arms and legs, gets sharpened: the gaze anticipates the activation of the brake; ominous gravel and holes are sensed faintly, even before they are within eyesight; the eyes in the back of one’s neck become suspicious of an overtaking elite biker in the imaginary rear-view mirror, and they can “see” a menacing car in a switchback behind me while I, in perfect balance and with no fear, I descend Mont Ventoux – the windy, white mountain – at 80 km/h.

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