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Heft on Wheels: A Field Guide to Doing a 180…

Heft on Wheels: A Field Guide to Doing a 180 (2004)

by Mike Magnuson

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This is sometimes a difficult book to enjoy. The author is an angry and often self-loathing man, He is driven by demons and finds that as his life is spinning toward premature death and destruction, he must change the obessessions that fuel him. He discovers bicycling and attacks it with vigor. He is too often driven by shame and other negative emotions. In bicycling he does not change those emotions, but redirecects them toward a better goal; a healthier happier goal. He stll does not seem like a nice guy, but at least his is a better person for the journey. ( )
  Borg-mx5 | Jan 28, 2010 |
This book is about addiction and obsession. Magnuson goes from being a smoker and alcoholic to cycling addict over night. He substitutes one addiction for the other. For some cyclists, this will be like looking in the mirror and it will be painful at times. I felt bad for his family. Well written. The idea of doing everything "extreme" that seems so prevalent in our culture now is at odds with the philosophy of moderation espoused by Dr. Andrew Weil in Healthy Aging. Obsessive compulsive exercise is actually bad for your health. ( )
  astompa | Aug 23, 2006 |
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When those went, these went; and when those stood, these stood; and when those were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up against them: for the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels. -- Ezekiel 1 : 21
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