Bicycling for Life

by Arthur Niehoff



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 13/11/2000

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 336
ISBN : 9781588207517

About the Book

As a mind-expanding machine, few machines can surpass the bicycle. As soon as s/he masters the mechanics, the bicyclist becomes an explorer. It has long been recognized that the two-wheeler will serve as a machine to provide bodily health, which is of course very true. However, it can also serve well as a machine to improve mental health and improve life quality. It can be a "thinking machine."

And so Bicycling for Life. A bicyclist takes a journey of 65 years, from The Depression years to the new millennium, from a one-speed to a 24-speed. While in the here and now he takes a space journey from West Los Angeles to Yuma and back, during which he experiences a steady stream of flashbacks. He imagines all the significant bicycle events of his lifetime. But also he thinks about the serious life traumas that have recently occurred, a stroke and a divorce. At the end of the journey he has a newly revised life plan. And now, 20 years later, he is still bicycling and in good health, physical and mental. It is an example of a newly emergent therapy, therapeutic journaling. But even more, it is a salute to the bicycle in adventures as they really happen.

Read about some happenings to the bicyclist who--

  • Buys his first bicycle in 1934, a J.C. Higgins, by saving his nickels.
  • Explores the nearby countryside in Indiana as a boy.
  • Explores the scene on a 1-speed Raleigh in India while a Fulbright scholar.
  • Helps his son adjust to a foreign school with the gift of a bicycle.
  • Crosses the U.S. by bicycle with his son and nephews.
  • Is run down by a pack of dogs in Baja.
  • Has a last fantasy about his Sikh bicycling and flying buddy.
  • Relives how his son got him back into bicycling in his later years.

Writes accounts of his two recent life traumas, a stroke and a divorce.

About the Author

Arthur Niehoff is a retired anthropology professor who was born and grew up in Indiana. He got his B.A. at Indiana University and Ph.D. at Columbia. He has won a number of awards in his lifetime, the most important of which was a Fulbright Scholarship to India. He has done research in most parts of the world. He worked as a museum curator, researcher and college professor in many institutions. Publishing many books and articles during his teaching years, he started his own publishing company after retirement and has since published four more books of popular anthropology/history. He early learned how writing about life problems could help his mental health. He became a therapeutic journalist without even knowing the term. And most recently he published his first book length piece in the genre. A second, Surviving a Stroke, will appear next year. Now 78, he lives in a delightful hilltop place in San Diego County.