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Behind Bars

Behind Bars [Kindle Edition]

Mike Davis
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A collection of 14 articles by mountain bike journalist Mike Davis, all originally published in influential MTB magazine Privateer between 2009 and 2013. Includes a history of titanium mountain bikes, a look at the unique devotion that Yeti owners have to their bikes, the experience of racing a twenty year old bike on 10 year old trails, how watching skilled riders taps into the oldest parts of the human brain and plenty more. The articles include interviews with numerous influential bike designers, builders and riders -- Greg Herbold, John Tomac, Keith Bontrager, Mike Augspurger, Rob Vandermark, Jeff Jones and many more.
There's a lot of depth here, but the author's breezy style is easy to read. Anyone who's interested in the development of mountain bikes and mountain biking will enjoy this book.

Table of Contents


Old Medallists

Inside the 2010 Old World Mountain Bike Championships.

Elements of Style

It's not just what you ride, it's how you ride.

Faster, Higher, Stronger?

Is being an Olympic sport really a good thing?


There's brand loyalty, and then there's the Yeti Tribe.

Striking a Balance

Santa Cruz Bicycles treads the fine line between niche and mainstream.

Daily Riders and Garage Queens

The slightly obsessive world of retro mountain bikes.

The Pink Dashed Line

The surprising importance to British mountain biking of an office in Southampton.

Fork Wars

In the red corner: Herbold and RockShox. In the blue corner: Tomac and Manitou.

A Brief History of Ti

From fighter jet hydraulics to high-end bike frames.

Better by Degrees

MTB geometry explained, at some length (also includes angles).

What Goes Around

Now you understand geometry a little better, here's how it's changed. Or, as it turns out, not.

Positive Spin

Wheelbuilding's not really a dark art, but it's still very clever.


The renaissance of custom framebuilding.

Burst Your Bubble

Mountain biking's full of niches, but you don't have to stay in them.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 632 KB
  • Print Length: 152 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Oolite Media Limited (18 Nov 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GH0QN3K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #287,435 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 25 Nov 2013
By Ben
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Great writing and a good read. You have to love mountain biking though :)
It is just a shame that I only found out about his magazine after he had to stop publishing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One for mtb fans! 24 Nov 2013
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Really interesting to read about the history of mountain biking both in the UK and USA, how bikes developed and by whom. A good read so far.
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A potted history of MTB bikes and biking, some good articles, and well worth the paltry charge. Three More Words!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Looks great! 7 Nov 2013
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Useful round-up of recent work from Privateer magazine. Always one of the more identifiable voices in cycling journalism, Mike writes in an open, personable and entertaining way. Looking forward to re-reading! Nice title too.
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