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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishers Ltd (1 May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751364452
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751364453
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 2 x 28.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,087,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Chris Sidwells is a best-selling author, journalist, photographer and broadcaster, reporting on every aspect of cycling and fitness. His work has featured in Cycle Sport, Cycling Weekly, Men's Fitness and GQ and he is the author of Cyclosportive, A Race for Madmen and Complete Bike Book.

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Everything you ever wanted to know about bikes and cycling (Cycling Plus) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Chris Sidwells is a journalist and author, a former bike-shop owner and a racer of road, track, mountain and cyclo-cross bikes. His previous titles include Mr Tom - a biography of his uncle who died in the 1967 Tour de France - and Shay Elliot: the Story of the First Irish Yellow Jersey. He also writes regularly for Cycle Sport, Cycling Plus and Cycling Weekly. Chris lives in Cornwall.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Johnson on 9 Dec 2011
Format: Paperback
This book is a bit of an "all-rounder", starting with a very brief history of cycling before moving on to advice on choosing a bike and accessories, to clothing and on to road skills. All kind of bikes are looked at in detail and then the book really scores for me when the author moves on to improving cycling skills, which has already improved my descending and cornering though sadly his tips on hill-climbing probably won't be too much help until I've lost some more weight.
Further sections deal with fitness, competition riding and maintenance. The last section covers pretty much every job I'm ever likely to undertake myself.
I'm glad I bought this book and would recommend it to anyone who is at the "beginner or casual" level of cycling.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By HS on 2 July 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book just didn't do it for me. I wanted to learn all about my bike and looking after it but the layout and the information just doesn't work. Perhaps he tried to put too much in one book, I don't know, but I quickly gave up with it. A mistake.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By zooted on 3 May 2011
Format: Hardcover
Fantastic and highly recommended book for novice and potential cyclists, and a good read for seasoned riders of all ilks.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Colin Smith on 16 Oct 2013
Format: Hardcover
After 30 years of cycling I thought I'd treat myself to a £1000 Boardman MTB Pro. From Day 1 the brakes squealed and the BB30 bottom bracket creaked. 50 miles on, the left crank detached and I was involved in an accident. The retailer reattached the crank but it detached again 2 miles later and I was involved in a second accident. The retailer replaced the bike with another Pro. The second bike lasted 30 miles before the BB30 bottom bracket started to creak again. The retailer swapped this for a third Pro which Boardman tell me has a slightly different BB that has totally resolved the problem... Bet none of this is mentioned in Chris' book!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Not so complete 26 Aug 2003
By Frank Forrest - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The Complete Bike Book falls short of the book's title. The book is lavishly illustrated with color photos on virtually every page. As an informal treatment on the subject of bicycling, it does an average job. While the book tries to cover everything from road biking to mountain biking, the information is scarce and only provides thumbnail glimpses of each topic that is covered. Most of the photographs seem rather dark and underexposed. This may be a result of the publisher not keeping an eye out on quality control. This book is rather expensive and thin. For the price of this book, you would probably do better to purchase "Richard's 21st Century Bike Book" which does a much better job of covering bicycling.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Surprisingly good! 22 Jun 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is one of those flashy books full of bright color photos on every page. The subject matter is divided into about 100 topics. Each is covered in a two-page spread, no more, no less. (All the news that fits, we print.) Surprisingly, the rigid structure works. The author has brief, quality content on each topic. He addresses selection among the different types of bicycles, basic techniques for off-road and on, health and fitness issues, racing skills, maintainance, et al. If you are looking for breadth, not depth, this is a good introductory/intermediate level book.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
An expensive "Coffee Table" book 17 Aug 2003
By Cyrstal Lane - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book has lots and lots of pictures but is more of a coffee table book than a serious bicycle book. It tries to cover all sorts of topics about biking but in doing so, it dilutes each subject that it covers. The Complete Bike Book is well illustrated but low on indepth information. If you like nice picture books, this may be a good purchase, but considering the price and the rather skimpy content, I would seriously consider another book about bicycles.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good book for a newbie 5 April 2007
By J.B. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
if you know nothing about bikes and you are looking for a simple book which have some decent information about bikes here is the one .. but if you are professional rider i think this book is very basic for you.
Great Book! 10 Aug 2013
By G.C. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is an excellent book for everything bikes. My son is a hardcore cyclist and uses this book as a reference for everything. He has been able to repair his own bike using the guidance in this book.
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