CHRONIC PEDALITIS: One Man’s Affliction

CHRONIC PEDALITIS: One Man’s Affliction

CHRONIC PEDALITIS: One Man's Affliction
@ Imagine divorcing your car and house, marrying your bike, and then simply pedaling away. Waite’s done so and it’s been conjugal bliss. Of course, as in any marriage, there have been a few bumps in the road — run-ins with the authorities, Car People, and even fellow velophiliacs. Waite invites the reader to tag along on his never-ending private Tour de Earth. As a retired evolutionary ecology prof, he uses his ample time in the saddle to analyze all things cycling from a Darwinian perspective. He explores why, for instance, all driving is intrinsically distracted driving and cyclists are filtered by the Paleolithic brain. But he also spends lots of time pondering the benefits of extreme cycling and how best to emulate the happy-safe-healthy pedaling Danes. He explores whether a serious pedaling habit can really forestall cardiovascular senescence, keep anxiety and depression at bay, save Mother Earth, prevent halitosis and shingles, and even mend a broken heart. He selflessly hopes

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  1. 4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Your bike wants you to read this book!, June 21, 2014
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    J. Soha (Columbus, OH United States) –

    Entertaining and informative, Chronic Pedalitis covers a range of bike-related topics from the science and social epidemiology of bicycling to the personal perspectives and anecdotes of a “cyclonomad.”

    The writing is friendly, humorous, clear and easy to read. At times it feels like you are with the author himself at one of his cafe breaks, between rides, listening in person.

    Waite’s car-free lifestyle, motivation in the face of adversity, and epic “commutes” between countries and across the continent are inspiring. Your relationship with your own bike will be truly enhanced by reading this book.

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  2. 3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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    Pedaling, pedaling, pedaling…, June 23, 2014
    By 
    m’lee

    This review is from: CHRONIC PEDALITIS: One Man’s Affliction (Kindle Edition)
    Chronic Pedalitis is just that, all about pedaling…extreme pedaling…every day pedaling…horizontal pedaling … vertical pedaling…stealth pedaling. It’s about a remarkable way of life. Divorcing your car, marrying your bicycle…talk about commitment! Oh the places you’d go, the people you’d meet if you decided every day to just hop on your bike and ride, hopefully picking the road less traveled.

    T. Waite can always tell a good story, his everyday life is an adventure; always looking for trails, birds, good brews and music, and fun-filled opportunities. This book reveals many of them; hilariously, factually, and artfully. Interactions with the four wheeled vehicles he must share the road with periodically is not always easy, the Car People deciding his fate occasionally, and often times it’s not pretty. But analyzing those civilized Danes, and developing graphs (I was amazed he held out until page 42) complete the picture while also being a lesson in living cohesively with a healthy lifestyle and going green. So many stories, and always well written; factoids which answer the burning questions we Car People have, present a priceless read.

    Enough of this, I guess I should go pedal before I metamorphose into a galumphing elephant or a swimming-through-soil naked mole rat or a sprinting sloth…merci, merci, merci.

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