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Cycling For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Gavin Wright , Charlie Pickering
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Discover the joys and benefitsof riding a bike

Whether you're looking to join the Lycra brigade, tear downmountain bike trails or simply teach yourself — or your child— how to ride, this practical guide covers all your needs,from choosing the right bike and accessories to hitting the roadand trails. Improve your health and fitness, reduce your carbonfootprint and have fun along the way!

  • Pick the bike and equipment that suit you — determinewhether a road bike, mountain bike or something in-between is bestfor you

  • Find the time to incorporate cycling into your lifestyle —start commuting to work and plan your cycling schedule

  • Understand your rights and responsibilities as a cyclist —know the regulations that apply in your local area

  • Stay safe in traffic and off-road — be seen and heard, andfeel confident when dealing with potential dangers and hazards

  • Train to improve — adopt programs to improve your speedand endurance on the road, or your fitness and skill for mountainbiking

  • Prepare yourself and your bike for touring — research yourroute and transport options, get your bike ready and know what topack

  • Get your kids on a bike — add a child to your bike, pickthe right bike for your older child and teach your kids to ride theeasy way

  • Maintain yourself and your bike — prevent or ease cyclingailments and learn how to repair and service your bike

Open the book and find:

  • How your bike should be adjusted to fit you

  • Advice on the easiest way to get on a bike and startpedalling

  • How to avoid dangers presented by cars, trucks, dogs andbirds

  • Tips for riding with other people

  • Pointers on incorporating cycling into the school run

  • Guidelines for eating and drinking before, during and aftercycling

  • The ten best rides in Australia and New Zealand

  • Ten great tours and races from around the world

Learn to:

  • Choose the right bike for you and your lifestyle

  • Select the best gear to keep you looking good and ridingwell

  • Obey the road rules and stay safe

  • Find your riding style, from off-roading to cycling withkids



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From the Back Cover

Learn to: Choose the right bike for you and your lifestyle Grab the gear you need Ride in the city, on the road, down the trail and with the kids Stay safe and follow the rules of the road Your guide to getting started with cycling! It's a sport. It's a workout. It's a way to get to work. It's cycling, and whatever your reasons for wanting to take it up, this book provides you with everything you need to know to do it right. Whether you have dreams of someday competing in the Tour de France or you just want to pedal down to your local High Street for a few things, this book covers all the bases – from choosing the right bike and riding safely to training for a long-distance ride. Find your new two-wheeled best mate – whether a road bike, a mountain bike or something in between, discover how to pick the perfect bike for you Keep your bike and yourself in tip-top condition – find out how to avoid common cycling ailments and get the lowdown on repairing and servicing your bike Make cycling a part of your life – from pedalling to work to planning a sensible cycling workout programme, find out how to integrate cycling seamlessly into your life Ride safely – make sure you're seen, heard and safe in traffic and off-road, and discover how to anticipate and avoid common dangers and road hazards Know the rules of the road – learn your rights and responsibilities as a cyclist Prepare for road trips – research and plan your routes and additional transportation options, get your bike ready and know what to pack Get the lowdown on kids-related cycling concerns – discover how to choose and attach a 'kiddie chariot', pick a bike for your child and teach him or her how to ride Open the book and find: How to adjust your bike so it fits you to a tee The best ways to mount, dismount and pedal Advice on choosing the right bike for you and your lifestyle Pointers on avoiding road hazards, including traffic and animals Tips for riding with other people and in groups Sure-fire methods for teaching kids to ride, quickly and safely Guidelines on what to eat and drink before, during and after cycling Ten great rides in the UK

About the Author

Gavin Wright is a cycling journalist and activist. He has led several high-profile cycling expeditions, including a crossing of the Andes and an attempt to set the world record for cycling from sea level to high altitude. Ben Williams is a broadcaster, journalist, lifelong cycling enthusiast and a veteran London cycling commuter.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3173 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (12 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007SR7M3G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #704,512 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By K Wren HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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It's aimed primarily at beginners and covers almost everything from choosing a bike, carrying gear through to diet with sections on essential maintenance while also sharing tips and good, reliable trustworthy advice throughout..

In a few places, I felt it had missed its market somewhat. I feel the 'Dummies' range of books are aimed largely at the beginners market by starting with the basics then moving to more advanced stuff but I felt the section relating to diet, calorie deficit and 'VO2 max' was taking things a little too far for a book of this type. Instead I would have expected more information re, for example, the pros and cons of different bike styles, different wheel sizes (eg the 20" folders vs the larger 29'ers 29" wheels) and a lot more on essential and everyday basic maintenance such as repairing a puncture. This section was relatively scant and rather surprisingly for a beginners book, didn't even include any diagrams to supplement the instructions for puncture repair, fitting a wheel, replacing brake blocks or an inner tube. Incredibly, there wasn't even a simple illustration of a derailleur which can be one of the fiddliest components any cycling newcomer will need some guidance with. If ever a section was crying out for some simple sketches, then this is it!

The section on touring and exploring was especially informative and this, combined with the list of routes at the back may well inspire readers to go a little further. It's certainly tempted me to tackle a few longer routes and reminded me of some shorter routes, eg the Devon Tarka Trail, which I had actually forgotten about.

It's a good book for someone taking up cycling as a hobby but I'd like to have seen a little less on the lycra and a lot more diagrams.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Truly for beginners 21 Aug. 2013
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I cycled very regularly, and very far, in my teens but took a good twenty year break from this very satisfying activity. I've taken it up again over the last couple of years mainly for commuting, so I'd call myself an experienced cyclist and maybe that results in my dissatisfaction with this book. I think I was spoiled in my previous cycling existence by the availability of the completely excellent "Richards Bicycle Book" (circa 1970s). I still own this yellowing, oil-stained and much thumbed book, and although it is quite a bit out of date for current technologies - cycling equipment has advanced a surprising amount in the intervening 40 years - it is still far, far superior to this book in almost every category: types of bike, cycling styles, gear, touring, racing, even mountain-biking. Most especially that book contained a detailed, diagram-laden, maintenance guide, a vital component of any book of this type as far as I'm concerned; there is a maintenance section in this book (chapters 17 and 18) but it is so vague as to be almost useless and there is hardly a diagram in sight. Frustratingly there isn't even a picture of a Schrader valve compared to a Presta valve.
There is a section on fitness which is interesting, even to me who never gets overly excited about such things, dealing with things like HRMax and VO2s and such stuff, informative and not something that is dwelled on in Richards Bicycle book - I'm not sure they knew about that sort of thing in the seventies to be honest.
Very much for beginners - could do better.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read, but who is it directed at? 26 Sept. 2013
By Mr. G. Bridgeman-clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I am not too sure who the book is directed at as it deals with the period before buying a bike right up to after purchase to maintaining it. Reason I say that is I can't see many people buying this before they have the bike. I might be wrong but I tend to think that this book should be divided into two volumes, Dummy's guide to buying a bike and Cycling for Dummies. In fact the name suggests you have a bike, don't you think?

The book is enjoyable to read. I am a fan of the Dummies books. First thing O do is look for the jokes. I was unhappy here as there aren't any at the beginning of the chapters! What has happened!

Notwithstanding the book is easy to read, easy to follow and you can dip in as and when.

Covers a lot of areas I have never previously seen in books on bikes, like Fuelling your cycle - ie what diet you should have. Brilliant, though it's the same diets for all "athletes, but if you are new to exercise it's a good guide.

The other thing, which is great about this book, is that it isn't for an American audience. It's for a British audience.

If you are new to cycling, or just get reacquainted with your bike, this is a good value read.
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By russell clarke TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Firstly I have to say that I have been commute cycling to work for many years now so I am not sure that I am strictly speaking one of the titular dummies the books title refers to-though many who have come across me over those years may disagree. Consequently much of this book I have just flicked past without reading because ....well frankly I do not feel the need to.
However I wanted to gain a bit more confidence in dealing with mechanical issues on my bike which crop up with rather depressing regularity . I recently had a real issue with punctures on my front tyre which only after my rather vocal intervention was solved by replacing the front tyre completely .To be honest i doubt having this book then would have really helped either but I might have been rather more forthcoming with my assertions earlier.
Anyway I feel this book might do and provide help , when and if I need it , but overall I would say that this book is not the all encompassing literary answer I am looking for. I think it is safe to day either Bike Repair and Maintenance For Dummies or The Bike Book: Complete Cycle Maintenance would have been better for my needs.
Not that this will not prove useful for novices , which to be fair is who I think it is aimed at .Though having said that ,advice on coping with potholes should just be -do not drive over potholes .
So in summary then......well ....I have got the wrong book. It was free on the Vine programme so no monetary loss but would say only choose this if you are starting out as a cyclist-then it could be genuinely useful. The road awareness section, for instance, is really good for this . For experienced or even part-time cyclists I feel a lot of what it offers will be stuff you are already well aware of.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive!
This book covers just about everything, and I mean everything, concerning cycling. From your initial purchase to recycling your old one. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mr. G. Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and Informative
I am a newbie cyclist and am generally commuting to work and having the occasional bike ride at night. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Jimbo
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Read it if you like cycling.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Published 18 months ago by Bruce Claridge
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good primer for novice cyclists
Having recently bought a new (old) bicycle, and feeling inexperienced and unconfident riding it, I was glad to see that the 'For Dummies' series had brought out a book on cycling. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Melanie Pratt
3.0 out of 5 stars Simplistic - would only suit a true novice
I did expect more from the book. I have a few 'for dummies' and this one seems to be based at a lower level than normal. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mr. Jon Forster
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty comprehensive
Cycling is enjoying a huge resurgance. I live and work in London, where there are now hundreds of thousands of keen cyclists. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Chris Widgery
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good but tries to cover too much ground
I came late to cycling, only learning when I was 40. So I'm very much still learning and hoped this book might be helpful. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Lendrick
2.0 out of 5 stars Jack of all trades, master of none
To try and encompass the WHOLE of cycling in one book is much like cooking a cake with some of the ingredients missing- it becomes more known for what does not go in the final... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mr. Simon Paddon
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Book For Anyone
Yes it says 'Cycling for Dummies' but it covers all sorts of things and is easy to read and understand. Whilst I am no novice nor a professional I found it useful.
Published 19 months ago by PAW
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite what I was hoping for
Given the experience I've had with the 'for dummies' line in the past, I was hoping that this book would apply the trademark simplistic style to some hands-on topics. Read more
Published 20 months ago by M. Dale
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