|deAgostini (September 2018)|
|Autobiography: sportBicycles & non-motorised transport: general interest & maintenance|
The 98 reasons why I go on bicycle
What’s more compelling than a bicycle launched at full speed, while darting silent at dawn, or at sunset, uphill or downhill, pushed by the wind or forced to trudge against the rain, on a paved road or on the water’s edge in a winter day?
Martin Angioni has no doubts. The bicycle - the mechanical rhythm of the pedaling, the measured and constant breathing, the muscles tense ... - is a perfect and irreplaceable
pleasure, a passion to be cultivated every day, kilometer after kilometer, for years. Even in the most stressful or complicated moments of his life, when he worked in New York or Paris, Angioni has never given up sailing “over the mistral of cars” on a Trek, a road racer Cinelli, or on one of the heavy vélib rented in the French capital.
Intertwining his biography with cycling stories, philosophical ideas with literary quotations, the author lists the 98 reasons which lead him to undergo this bicycle ritual every day.
The result is an unusual book, in which the happy and trained look of Angioni seems to discover in each page one more reason to jump on the seat of his bike. We follow him while he celebrates the beauty of the Alpine slopes, or the eccentric and relaxed point of view from which to observe a big city; while he lists the physical and mental benefits, but also the essential value of fatigue, until, page by page, even those to those who are not fond of bikes it is clear what the bike fans have always known: the bicycle is not just a means of transport but an instrument of knowledge of oneself and of what surrounds us, a healthy and fun alternative to the car, and above all an unparalleled expression of freedom, anarchy and discipline.
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