Now understand that Portia is not a randonneur to my knowledge; the term is not in her index. However, just look at the photo below. Clearly she understands a thing or two about long distance cycling and certainly about not being self-conscious. Here's a cooling technique I think some randonneurs believe they've invented. Personally, I would have taken off my helmet, but maybe she's wary of falling rocks or...pirhana?
She also knows a fair amount about body mechanics and body geometry. There are pictures of muscles and anatomy as well as a pithy cartoon here and there as below.
But mostly, Bliss is thorough and it's a good book to come back to as you'll continue to draw out nuances. For randonneurs, she's all about comfort on the bicycle and long-term solutions. It's a randonneur's approach for sure.
While the text is pretty dry, some of the graphics lighten it up. If the print is too fine in the drawing above it says:
"The unfortunate Timothy McTight is a high-mileage cyclist who has not committed himself to a daily stretching practice or to developing good riding form. Imbalanced and tight muscles limit his health and riding performance."
If you like a cycling book that focuses on the body, then Bliss is a comprehensive and I'd say unique find.
If you also like a book that throws in a two-page chart that outlines all the considerations for different bicycle clothing fibers:
- best use
- avoid use
- common use,
then Bliss is for you.
If you like a book that respects its readers throughout all 473 pages, and that I guarantee you cannot devour in even several sittings, then what are you reading this for? Go get Blissed!
For more about blissful cycling from Portia herself, go to her Bicycling Bliss website.
Keep it Blissful (of course)