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Cyclecraft: the complete guide to safe and enjoyable cycling for adults and children [Paperback]

John Franklin , Stationery Office
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
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18 April 2007
Cyclecraft provides a guide to safe cycling both for adults and children. It contains practical advice on how to ride a bike confidently and safely in modern traffic conditions; The following areas are covered, including: how to get started; choosing a bike; basic skills; sharing the road with other traffic; advanced techniques for cycling safety on busier roads and faster traffic; advice on carrying children and goods and riding with others.

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  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Stationery Office; 2nd TSO ed., 2007, 2nd impression 2008 edition (18 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0117037400
  • ISBN-13: 978-0117037403
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 14.9 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Franklin is a consultant and registered Expert Witness on cycling skills and safety and was a member of the government working group that set up the UK National Standard. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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4.8 out of 5 stars
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98 of 102 people found the following review helpful
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After many years of not cycling (at least 10) I recently decided to start commuting the few miles to and from work. Many posters to the uk cycling group highly recommended this book for all cyclists but I thought that as a born-again beginner it might be of particular use to me. How right I was!
Franklin is a recognised authority on cycle safety issues and in this book he presents some very sensible advice on how to ride your bike as safely as possible. Such things as road positioning in different traffic scenarios and the safe use of "cycle-friendly" facilities are all covered. He also discusses various safety measures such as reflective clothing and helmets in some detail.
Some of the conclusions reached by Franklin are controversial and even counter-intuitive (for instance, he's no great fan of cycle lanes). His opinions are clearly explained, with plenty of diagrams, and he certainly justified the conclusions he has reached to my satisfaction.
I'm positive that I am a much safer cyclist (and driver, and pedestrian) as a result of having read this book. Every cyclist should gain something from it. Anyone thinking of getting themselves (or their kids) a bicycle _must_ read it.
At less than a tenner it's the best insurance you'll ever buy!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Turns positioning on its head 22 April 2008
This is an excellent book. It explains in simple terms how to ride more safely in traffic. It's the source book for the National Standard for Cycle Training (and Bikeability).
If there's only one thing you take from it, it should be how to answer the question "Where do you position yourself when you ride on the road?". Most people start talking about kerbs & white lines. Franklin says these are often irrelevant. What we should be thinking about is where the other traffic is and then riding either in front of it or to the side of it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How to get road-wise 25 Sep 2007
As in previous editions, Cyclecraft provides very useful advice on road-sharing in general, and detailed advice on how to recognise and negotiate hazardous situations, cyclist-hostile road designs and pretty much all pitfalls and obstacles. Its scope is comprehensive and its style is admirably clear.

The advice to keep your bicycle well maintained is spot on, though you'll need a different book if you want to do such maintenance yourself; this book focuses almost exclusively on how to travel safely and enjoyably.

Since it's published in the UK, the text assumes you will be travelling on the left side of the road. The text is certainly broadly applicable to the Republic of Ireland as well, though, as another reviewer says, the law in the Republic of Ireland currently compels cyclists to use cycle tracks. Given that, the advice in this book on how to negotiate the poorer designs might actually be even more useful there.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
As an instructor myself I had to read this before qualifying - despite having cycled since childhood this book still had a trick or two up it's sleeve - things which I had never encountered before but since moving back to the south west, have in buckets - things I'd simply never have thought about if I hadn't read the book and I find that total novices find it a great help too. If there is one book I will alway recommend to my clients at whatever stage they are, this has to be it., John Franklin is that committed that when we launched Bikeability down here, he actually postponed the start of his vacation to join us! And it shows in his book too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for all cyclists 28 Mar 2008
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Every cyclist should read this book - it is as simple as that. If you are thinking about taking up cycling again, or have been cycling for a while you owe it to yourself to read this book. Parents whose children ride should get their children this book and read it with them to make sure they and their children understand the advice given.

I had already started cycle commuting before I read this book and it has helped to make me a much safer cyclist and much more confident cyclist. I'm sure every cyclist will benefit from reading this book as well.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Practical and readable guide 8 Oct 2009
I found this a useful guide to cycling and road safety, although as a complete newcomer to cycling (I was learning from scratch whilst reading this book) I did sometimes find it frustrating how the author glosses over things like gaining sufficient balance to be able to indicate or to achieve sharp turns. On the whole, though, the advice within this book is refreshingly pragmatic and practical, rather than adhering slavishly to the theoretical (and often rather scant) requirements for cyclists contained within the Highway Code. I am likely to return to re-read some sections once my confidence and proficiency develop. I did find I was able to start tackling potentially tricky manoeuvres like single-lane roundabouts within a couple of weeks of learning to ride. The author is clearly no fan of cycle lanes/tracks or helmets. Whilst I can follow his logic here, I'm not sure it is right to be quite so dismissive. Likewise, he skips through off-road cycling/mountain biking in a few paragraphs, seemingly finding it incomprensible that anyone would choose to travel more slowly (but joyfully) on tracks when they could arrive much more speedily and "efficiently" by road. So whilst I wouldn't entirely agree that this is a "Complete Guide to Safe and Enjoyable Cycling", if what you are looking for is essentially a guide to good roadcraft, and how to stay safe on the roads, you won't do much better than this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty much covers it all.
Excellent book that is balanced in its overall view of the cyclists place in traffic. If I were to nit-pick, the authors preference for a full head turn to see behind, in... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Peter Beeson
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
Very good value. Really good info in this book. Useful for adults and children. All cyclists should read it. a
Published 6 months ago by Else
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
very easy to read and use. really improved my confidence getting back in to cycling.
the author is quite confident sounds like essentially staying in primary position which i... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mellowmiles
5.0 out of 5 stars good
relevant stuff, very practical when trying to learn cycling. Essential to cycle safe and know the tips and tricks. good
Published 10 months ago by Manish Divekar
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book on cycling in the 'real world'
Excellent, really comprehensive book on cycling in the real world. John Franklin gives some really useful tips and good practical examples for how to deal with common everyday... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Dicko
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
An excellent book, which is very well written, accessible and interesting to the reader and contains a wealth of indispensable guidance. Read more
Published 11 months ago by andyz85
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for adult cycling learners
Does what is says on the tin. It has everything I've needed so far and should answer future queries too.
Published 14 months ago by Maz cyclist
5.0 out of 5 stars One should be sold with every bike
If cyclists (and motorists) were familiar with the contents of this book, a great many transport and health issues would disappear. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mrs. A. M. Garnett
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality.
However it arrived a bit late for me. Lost half a wrist when I went over the handle bars after slipping on a cycle path divide which the council put in and refuse steadfastly to... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Major Bloodnock
4.0 out of 5 stars De-facto standard of cycle safety
I bought this, half for my son and half for myself. It is a bit dated now, so my son lost interest pretty quickly.
Published 17 months ago by La Soigneur
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