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Cyclopedia: It's All About the Bike Hardcover – 2 Sep 2010


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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Yellow Jersey (2 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224083015
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224083010
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 3.8 x 21.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 361,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

William Fotheringham writes for the Guardian and Observer on cycling and rugby. He is the author of a biography of Tom Simpson, Put Me Back On My Bike, which was acclaimed by Vélo magazine as 'the best cycling biography ever written' and Roule Britannia: A History of Britons in the Tour de France.

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'...one of the few books that can genuinely be described as indispensible' --The Washing Machine Post

"[a] fact-filled feast ... Top stuff"
--Sport Magazine

"[Fotheringham] has a wry, deft writing style and peppers entries with amusing factoids ... a hard book to put down"
--cycling-books.com

`Well written, informative and entertaining fact-packed all you can eat buffet of cycling knowledge & trivia' -- Road.cc, December 13, 2010

`accessible and fun... you'll be dipping in and out for weeks'
--London Cyclist, January 11, 2011

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The ultimate cycling book: verything you ever wanted to know about cycling in a beautifully packaged guide, from the bestselling author of the Tom Simpson biography, Put Me Back on My Bike

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 29 Jan. 2011
Format: Hardcover
I really wanted to like this book. Fotheringham is an engaging writer in the press.
BUT there are some annoying and avoidable flaws that make it hard to recommend.
Others have commented but the flippin' ye olde hyptertext 'links' of yellow text are TERRIBLE. Unreadable on standard white page and just as bad on yellow box-outs.
Also there is some sloppy layout and proof reading - e.g. why does the SAME information appear on 201 and 202: graph and then table ? The graphics are crude and strangely lo-res throughout.
So there is nicer, shorter and crisper book living inside this padded version.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 2 Sept. 2010
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Over 400 pages of A-Z entries about all things cycling. It's fascinating to dip into with encyclopaedic entries for subjects like Derailleur, Derny, Desgrange, Dogs (the cyclist's curse), Dolomites (Giro routes and sportives), etc. Entries are for cyclists, races, cycling manufacturers, cycle types and parts, etc. However, it's a great shame that at first sight, many words appear to be completely missing. The publishers decided to print key words (which have their own entries) in yellow! There are also panels printed yellow on yellow! It's difficult to comprehend that such a good book should be spoilt in this way. Therefore, a potential 5* reduced to 4*.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T W Chambers on 1 Feb. 2011
Format: Hardcover
i am sure this book is very good and detailed.
Unfortunately yellow text on white pages (occaisianally yellow pages) spoils it.

I may read it one day but its chucked to the back of the pile for now.
Tony
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The front cover says this book is "all about the bike", while the back cover claims that "if it's on the bike, it's in the book". Neither of these statements are true. This book is almost entirely about competitive cycling; everything else is an afterthought. Articles about countries focus entirely on their races and most famous competitors. Articles about competitive cyclists can stretch for pages, while articles purely about bicycle components and technology are a) very few in number and b) rarely longer than a single, short page (unless there is specific interest for racing, as there is in the sections on aerodynamics and on gears). Even the article on the nicknames of racing cyclists is 3 pages long, in comparison!

Everywhere, the author demonstrates a) his obsession with competitive cycling to the exclusion of all other aspects and b) his apparent unawareness of this fact (or that there are any other facets to cycling). The article about cycling journalism, for example, talks only of racing coverage. To quote: "Cycling journalists are now divided into specialists, who cover the sport all season and have close relations with the teams, and the outsiders who turn up for the Tour de France." This makes me want to yell "What about all the journalists who write about the many non-racing elements of cycling, Mr Fotheringham!", but I suspect that he would not understand the question.

I would give this three stars because the writing is competent, but have to give it two for the completely misleading presentation. If I had bought this for myself, rather than it being a present, I'd have asked for a refund.

It's not all about the racing bike, William.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By lostinfrance on 20 Sept. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Who in their right mind uses a pale Yellow to emphasize important stuff. Reading the book became a nightmare of poor light. Hopeless, I'm off out my bike to cycle off the rage of how bad this book is presented. Did no one look at the final print and go "oh you can not read the important bits". Arghhhhhhhhhhh.
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