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Bicycle: Love Your Bike: The Complete Guide To Everyday Cycling [Paperback]

Helen Pidd
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27 May 2010

- Which bike is right for me?

- How can I avoid getting knocked off?

- How can I buy a good secondhand bike?

- Do I need to wear a helmet?

- Must I don a luminous tabard?

- How do I thwart a bike thief?

- How can I cycle and transport my child/laptop/suit?

- How hard is it to mend a puncture?

- Can I get arrested for cycling drunk?

Finally, a guide for ordinary, non Lycra-wearing people who happen to cycle or want to start.

It's a friendly book for people who cycle to work, to the shops, into town or to the countryside, for all those who are fed up with traffic jams and late trains, who can't be bothered to go to the gym, but want to get some exercise while doing their bit for the planet.

Bicycle teaches you how to stay safe while on the road - and have fun and look good while you're at it. It will help you find your dream ride and stop someone stealing it, and includes a whole chapter on tackling a commute by bike. For those cyclists who want to take things to the next level, there are tips on cycling for sport and leisure, from weekend jaunts to charity rides and epic adventures.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (27 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905490534
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905490530
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 16.4 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Helen Pidd loves riding her bike and is a Guardian journalist.

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Basic Cycling Guide 13 Jun 2010
By Belle76
This book is of great use to quickly learn and check various matters from what bike suits one's needs and interests, and basic technical knowledge to adequate attire, insurance and safety advice, maintenance, and leisure, sportive and commuter cycling.

It's a very interesting and easy-to-read title, with exquisite aesthetics and lots of personal experiences and anecdotes from the community.

A book that reflects the author's ongoing relationships with her bikes and the art of cycling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bicycle book by Helen Pidd 13 Jan 2014
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I'm not what you would call a serious cyclist but I love cycling when it's a lovely day. This book is one of the best I have seen. The author writes in a very easy comfortable and sensible style. She explains things well and seems very down to earth. It is very useful and definately worth buying if you need advice on cycling in clear, uncomplicated language. Lots of pictures throughout which always help.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 31 Dec 2013
By warren
I bought this book following a review written by Victoria Pendalton who endorsed this book. As someone new to cycling I wanted a good guide and this was definitely the one. Full of good information. Brilliantly written.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to cycling 28 Sep 2013
This book is not aimed at the lycra brigade, but at people like me who rediscovered the pleasures of cycling in later life. Helen Pidd talks us through the different types of bike, what to wear when cycling, accessories to consider and how to stay safe on the road. Some useful references to other books and websites too. Full of anecdotes and generally a pleasure to read. If you are new to cycling, or are thinking of getting on two wheels for commuting or pleasure, this book gives you encouragement and loads of useful information not readily available elsewhere.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Save your money 26 Aug 2011
By Talitha
Had I read Jogon's review before I ordered this I might well have thought twice. I was very disappointed when it arrived - a triumph of style over substance. Also, as previously pointed out, this is NOT a hardback edition. I therefore returned it for a refund and bought The Bicycle Book (Cycling Plus) instead - far more informative at a fraction of the price.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Guardian Women's Page? 23 Aug 2011
By Renzo
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is not 'The Complete Guide to Everyday Cycling', other better, cheaper books (mentioned at the end of this review) are.

The author is a Guardian journalist. And so, Mountain Bikes "Flat, knobbly tyres" should of course be 'FAT'.

"Hardcover" (it isn't).
"256 Pages". 196 contain text varying from Orange on Black, to White and Black on Orange. Hard to read. Style over content?

5+ photo's of the author on her 'Dutch' bike. Pidd is silly & rude about classic bike books by (male) authors Fred Milson, Rob Van Der Plas, and Richard Ballantine:-
"..All are dated looking tomes featuring photographs of the ageing and bearded authors wearing criminal sweaters and jeans pulled up to their nipples..". Style versus content?

More importantly "they tell you all you need to know". Quite so Miss Pidd, content over style.

Book feels built down to a price - photos repeat:-
Bike Rear P3/76+77/83;
Cycle Lane P54/55, 135;
Emmelle tourer P8, 61, 133,161 & guess it's bell at P65 it's light at P59;
Indoor Bike Rack 181, 193;
College bikes P40, 196;
Child Seat 79, 201 and
Cycle Lane P142/143, 201.

To sum up, I felt that a lot of people had given the author a lot of information which she only just (or didn't quite) understand. At P47, FAQs Do I need suspension? A- Only for serious off roading, unnecessary for urban riding. At P34 " aren't (doing) actual mountain biking resist a machine with 'loads of suspension'"!?

Yet the cheapest best-spec urban-proof bike is usually a Hardtail Mtb with the added physical advantage that the front susp smooths poor English roads and protects arms, wrist, palm, Ulnar nerve, shoulders etc. None of this is mentioned. Or understood?
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