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on 25 April 2016
This is a book with heaps of information on training, racing, fit, and diet, and most relevant today and in the future. Anyone interested in seriously knowing about how to improve performance and technique will get a great deal out of this publication. As with all reference books modern and previous, refer to others, cross reference to get the very best from them all. An example tip in this book is going out with two water bottles - one water and one energy drink and such a helpful tip but often overlooked. He refers to the plumb line from the kneecap (knee over pedal) and how many just say run the line down so your knee is directly over the pedal - well this guy says find the right fit, go back up to 2cm. Great! It's all about finding out what works for the rider and this is for me is what brings this book alive. In my riding experience I have found that adjustment, tailoring and refinement always works best. A couple more books that spring to mind are the Custom Bicycle by Michael J Kolin and Denise M de la Rosa and The Bicycle Racing Guide by Rob van der Plas. With regard to bike fit, I'm sure that many who take the time to find the right fit themselves rather than to seek advice will find this book to be extremely useful.
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on 10 July 1997
This book is the book to read if you intend to begin bicycle racing. It is also a good read for people who want to appreciate the sport, but don't want to race. The book tells you everything you need to know about fitting a bike to training for a particular race. Only drawback is some outdated chapters on diet and equipment.
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on 10 August 2008
Some sound advice for competitive cyclists in the early 80's but it's sadly mostly way out of date. or the practical bits about cycling such s bike fit, save your money and visit Sheldon Brown's website which will give you everythting this book does and more.
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