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A reading from a book about bicycle commuting, right next to the Capital Crescent Trail in downtown Bethesda? Ordinarily, that sounds like a recipe for a lot of two-wheeled triumphalism. But maybe not when the author is Eben Weiss, better known to self-loathing cyclists as Bike Snob NYC, whose eponymous, hilarious blog about the joys, and horrors, of riding daily from Manhattan to Brooklyn also manages to pop any biker’s sense of smugness like a nail through an overinflated tire. The Bike Snob bashes every cycling archetype out there, from hipsters on fixies to professional racers on five-figure carbon-fiber contraptions. Here, he’ll read from his second book, The Enlightened Cyclist, out later this month; if it’s anything like his first one or his blog, some of the people in the audience may regret riding up there in the first place.
Weiss discusses and signs his book at noon at Barnes & Noble Bethesda, 4801 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda. Free. barnesandnoble.com. (301) 986-1761. Weiss also participates in a bike ride at 6 p.m. at BicycleSPACE, 1019 7th St. NW. Free. bicyclespacewdc.com. (202) 962-0123.