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The Bicycle Book Paperback – 11 May 2006


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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson (11 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841882631
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841882635
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 1.2 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 670,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cycling Plus is Britain's best-selling road cycling monthly magazine.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Moy on 8 May 2011
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I've recently got back into cycling after a very long break.
I decided it would be a good idea to "do my homework" and read up a little to make sure I don't do myself and injury and have the correct equipment and clothes for commuting.

I was hopeful that this book would provide a good starting point and it absolutely did not disappoint!

It's answering all of the questions I've been thinking about, and also given me a few tips for the correct methods of easing myself back into the saddle (It's even told me I can have Cake when I get to work! - Now that's my kind of advice!)

I does not talk down to the uninitiated or novice cyclist and could even confirm a few points (including road sense) for the more experienced bike rider.
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I bought this book because I was a complete novice and knew next to nothing about bicycles. And it is the complete novice at whom it is fairly and squarely aimed. To be fair it covers all the bases. Unfortunately there are two big problems: it is written by a committee and they are all hardcore bike geeks who don't appreciate what it is that a novice doesn't know. Specialist terms are used without explanation (or if there is an explanation it comes later in the book). The authors do not seem to understand that their target audience may not know a derailleur from a cassettte, a gillet from a headset or a tribar from a cage boss. To be fair there is a glossary but it is hardly comprehensive and in any case many of these terms merit discussion in the text itself. The order in which topics should be covered is of course a somewhat subjective matter but to my mind the sections on child seats and trailers, and even arguably buying a bike, could have waited until the basics had been covered. This and the fact that definitions of terms so often come after first use (if at all) I would put down to the book having too many authors with, apparently, too little coordination. The diagram showing the parts of a bike doesn't come until three fifths of the way through the book. And talking of diagrams, there are far too few of them. There were many occasions I was struggling to understand the text when a diagram would have been worth a thousand words. That is not to say the book lacks illustrations, far from it, but they seem to be more for decoration than information. They tend to be photographs that show the big picture: a cyclist in the street, a cyclist half way up a Welsh mountain, a cyclist in a race, a cyclist in a barren landscape, a cyclist with a child.Read more ›
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Picked this up as a general refresher a year or so ago.

It contains sound general advice on choosing the right bike for you. Written in association with Cycling Plus Magazine, it know's it's stuff and is modern enough to cover all the stuff in that's in the shops.

Also clothing and the required extras which are easily overlooked in the excitement and flush of buying 'the bike'.

I found the Cycling Safety section particularly useful with very good tips. Nutrition and Motivation also well covered.

Good value, nice format, well written.
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