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15 Pages

(Auto)ethnography and cycling

WithJonas Larsen

This chapter discusses the formation, salience and reformation of everyday bodily routines and resources in relation to cycling. It examines how tto study them ethnographically in different places. The chapter discusses forms of embodied, sensuous and mobile ethnography that can illuminate how routines, habits and affective capacities of cycling are cultivated and performed. Additionally, it argues that autoethnography is particularly apt at illuminating the embodied qualities of movement, and it sits within established ethnographies of 'excising' and 'mobile bodies'. Travel is an embodied and multisensuous practice, yet there are corporeal and sensuous differences between cycling, driving and being transported. It highlights the varied capacities and intensities involved in cycling in different places, on different bikes, and using different methods. This article only highlights aspects of these, and in particular their methodological implications. The chapter concludes by spelling out the significance of studying the embodiment and affect capacity that 'determines' all forms of cycling.