Book Review: Heft On Wheels – A field guide to doing a 180

I heard about Heft on Wheels: A Field Guide to Doing a 180 over on Bike Forums and happened to run across it a few weeks at the local Borders bookstore. It’s written by Mike Magnuson and chronicles his physical, emotional, and mental transformation after turning to bicycling. If the cover of this book doesn’t shock you then you need to take a look at it again. When I first saw it I could have sworn I was looking at a picture of myself with the exception of the hairstyle. For those of you that don’t know me that was probably a little too much info and you’ll probably be tramatized for life from the visual alone. When I took the book to the checkout the little old lady behind the counter gave me an odd look when she saw it. I was thinking, “Don’t say anything. Just ring it up.” The book opens with Mike talking about a group ride he was on and where he was attacking the group on a hill. As he topped the hill and began the descent he was hit by a truck and thrown from his bike. After this incident Mike starts the story of his life and how he transformed himself from an overweight smoker and drinker to a bike racer. The book is a very good read. He goes into a lot of detail talking about work, family, his addictions to alcohol and smoking, and the destructive death spiral he was in. Mike was a chain smoker, was getting drunk several nights a week with his students (he was an...