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"Bicycling" Magazine's Cycling for Health and Fitness [Paperback]

Bicycling Magazine , Ed Pavelka
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Book Description

1 Mar 2000
Everything you need to know to get fit with your favorite sport. This pedal-pumping primer is for those who want to improve their physical condition through either road cycling or mountain biking. With lots of information on how to lose weight and get in shape, this guide will speed you on to your fitness goals.
Discover how to:
* Choose the perfect bike by using 10 essential pointers.
* Fix the five most common riding mistakes--fast.
* Recognize the signs of overtraining.
* Get your upper body into peak condition.
* Stay strong and limber by learning to stretch throughout the day.
* Spice up indoor training with boredom-busting routines.
* Keep your knees healthy-- guaranteed.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Press; Rev. & Updated Ed edition (1 Mar 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157954228X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579542283
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 13.6 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,321,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ed Pavelka has been riding bicycles for fun, fitness, and competition since the mid-1970's. His professional writing career includes 20 cycling books. He was "Bicycling" magazine's executive editor for 10 years and served as the magazine's director of new ventures.

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Small and concise, just what the doctor ordered 15 Mar 2004
By Jennifers Daddy TOP 1000 REVIEWER
The book is aimed at people who are probably starting out in cycling. It has sections on how to set up the bike, nutrition, basic weight training and ailments. If you've been cycling for a while then this book is not for you, but for the beginner it is excellent. I would also highly recommend "Training techniques for cyclists" from the same publisher. It is slightly more advanced and just as cheap.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Who is this book for? 28 Mar 2008
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Other reviewers have said this book is aimed at beginners and with basic advice on purchasing a bike I think this is probably the case. However, the book is aimed at club riders who are serious about cycling and getting fit using cycling as the main activity rather than casual cyclists or people who use their bikes to commute.

Although the book contains plenty of useful information some of it simply wasn't relevant for me (working out how many calories you have consumed on a ride based on a number of factors including drafting), some of it was far too basic and as the book is only just over 100 pages topics that are important and relevant aren't covered in enough detail.

I don't recommend this book - you can all of the information you need from other sources in a more accessible writing style with better pictures and graphics.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointingly thin for the money 3 Nov 2007
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The book that is. Agree with the other reviewers that it is aimed at beginners, so intermediate and above look elsewhere. There really isn't that much information, and its not especially detailed, but then it doesn't contain that many pages. For example, there is only 1 page summarising a training plan, and its all a bit vague: ideal perhaps for beginners, but if you're serious about getting into racing then it won't suffice.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get more from your excercise. 27 Jan 2007
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This is a great book which goes through all the basics including positioning, frame size, fitness and weight control using Cycling as well as more advanced topics such as tips on pedalling and hillclimbing.

I've read it a couple of times now and always pick up on something new.

Worthwhile to give you a bit of a boost from Cycling during cold winter days and something to energize you!
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2.0 out of 5 stars You've got to be keen! 18 May 2009
By Gwilym
Having read other reviews saying this was a book for beginners, I thought I'd give it a go. But this is definitely not a book for casual bike-riders who just want a bit of information to do it a bit better, it's for keen cyclists who have somehow missed this information elsewhere. The bits about setting up you bike start with putting it on a trainer, and then you're rapidly into "beginners" mistakes to try to avoid, which focusses on riding in a paceline. The bit that really told me this wasn't the book for me was the anecdote less than a quarter of the way though the book about a guy who quit his job because he noticed his cycling performance had dropped off. I certainly need a different book and suggest that you might too - the experienced cyclists seem to think it's for beginners and as a beginner, I certainly don't think it's for me.
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