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Good Vibrations: Crossing Europe on a Bike Called Reggie [Paperback]

Andrew Sykes
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Book Description

23 Oct 2011
The academic year must have been a difficult one as when the summer holidays arrived, secondary school teacher Andrew Sykes was happy to do as little as possible. But while sitting on his sofa watching the exploits of the cyclists at the Great Wall of China at the Beijing Olympics, he realised the error of his ways and resolved to put a bit more adventure into his life. Two years later, accompanied by his faithful companion Reggie (his bike) but only a rudimentary plan, Andrew set off for a trans-continental cycling adventure that would take him along the route of the Via Francigena and the Eurovelo 5 all the way from his home in southern England to Brindisi in the south of Italy. There were highs and lows, rain and shine, joy and despair and they are all recounted here in a light-hearted, brisk style. "Good Vibrations does exactly what it says on the tin. That's exactly what I felt when I read it. It'll entertain, amuse and inform a host of aspirant travelers and armchair explorers like myself." "The author writes with warmth and wit, and does an excellent job of capturing every emotion, every landscape." "If this book doesn't inspire the reader to jump on their bike and go....nothing will." "I must say it's really rather good" Darrell, Manchester. "I loved it!" Jennifer. "The author writes with warmth and wit, and does an excellent job of capturing every emotion, every landscape (good and bad) on his journey. Thoroughly recommended!" Mr J.M. Ward. "Entertaining, funny, informative , inspiring, a great read for the armchair traveller. It's a very good book indeed" Richard Moore, star of ITV's " Band of Gold, " McCallum" and "Emmerdale". "It's honestly really good" John, Yorkshire. "Half way through it, a really good read" Tony, The New Forest. "If it is inspiration that you are looking for, then look no further!" Alf, Newbury.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: CompletelyNovel (23 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849142130
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849142137
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 13.8 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 122,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I'm a cyclist! Always have been and hopefully always will be. But I'm also a lover of those quirky, humorous travelogues that meander comically from one minor adventure to the next. So writing about a long-distance cycling trip across Europe seemed the natural thing to do once my small-time odyssey was over. When not on the saddle, I teach French at a secondary school in southern England although my roots are further north in the heart of Pennine Yorkshire. One day I may return, who knows, but for the moment I shall continue to try extol the virtues of everything francophone to my pupils in Oxfordshire while planning my next pan-European adventure...
Read more about me & my (mainly) cycling-related thoughts at www.cyclingeurope.org
See all the pictures from the Eurovelo 5 journey on the Good Vibrations: Crossing Europe on a Bike Called Reggie Facebook page.

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A truly inspirational read. --Amazon.co.uk review

I thought this book was brilliant, it almost made me wish I had learnt to ride. --Amazon.co.uk review

If this book doesn't inspire the reader to jump on their bike and go....nothing will. --Amazon.co.uk review

The author writes with warmth and wit, and does an excellent job of capturing every emotion, every landscape. --Amazon.co.uk review

"Good Vibrations" does exactly what it says on the tin. That's exactly what I felt when I read it. --Amazon.co.uk review

About the Author

Andrew P. Sykes was born and grew up in the small town of Elland in the foothills of the Pennines in West Yorkshire. He studied for a degree in mathematics at the University of York and immediately after graduation went to work in London for a firm of city accountants. The world of auditing was not however for him and in 1993 he left the U.K to go and work in France, initially in the tourist industry and then for four years teaching English in the Loire Valley city of Tours. He returned to the U.K. in 1999 to train as a secondary school teacher of French at the University of Reading. He still lives in the town and can currently be found working as the Head of Modern Languages at a secondary school in South Oxfordshire. You may well spot him each morning and each evening during term time cycling to work through the picturesque countryside that lies between the Thames Valley towns of Reading and Henley-on-Thames.


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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars inspirational 26 Feb 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Just finished reading the book, at 4;00am this morning. I found the whole context of the book to be in the real world from the planning, or lack of, the meeting people and the comments on the places he visited and people he met. As someone who is too old to start,too overweight and hasn't been on a bike since last summer i am inspired. The bike lights are on charge as we speak and planning my first ever sponsored ride, in a word THANKS
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brysonesque 2 Jun 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I am no cyclist, but Andrew P Sykes' account of his eventful journey to the southern tip of Italy left me yearning for similar adventure. His Brysonesque style of wry humour will capture the interest of even the most ardent couch-potato! I look forward to reading more from this author.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reggie comes smiling through... 10 May 2012
Format:Paperback
Let's clear the air and cut to the bunch sprint - I really enjoyed reading about Reggie's European adventure. Good Vibrations is a book you can read on the big chain ring - it's a light read that delivers just what its title promises: it tells the story of the author's 2010 summer holiday cycle trip from his home in Reading to Brindisi in the south of Italy.

Good Vibrations tells the story of the author's first long distance cycle tour. Cycling for some 30 days, travelling anywhere from 60 to 175+ kilometres a day and camping most nights, he more than earns the long-distance cycle-tourer description he seeks. Reggie is his trusty (a couple of broken spokes apart) Ridgeback Panorama bicycle and his main travelling companion. While the author is certainly not into bike mechanics nor maintenance, he certainly has a love of his bike and he is keen to give Reggie a co-starring role in his saga.

Andrew Sykes is a modern languages teacher and this may explain the origins of his lively, very readable and refreshingly light writing style. This is a book you will read with relish, reluctant to put it down and keen to keep the pages turning. Sykes spins a very good story. This is his first major trip and first book and as you read you can sense his growing confidence - in his cycle-touring and writing. The writing zips along at a brisk pace at all times in the author's no nonsense style, but just occasionally in some of the reflective passages you catch a glimpse of the writer he may well become in the future. These passages are often from his blog and carry real promise.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A humorous and honest journey 1 Aug 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The author manages to communicate his feelings in few words. It was an easy read and kept me amused right to the end.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really good read 30 Jun 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in cycle touring, but also to anyone without any interest in cycling at all. It's well written, very witty and never gets bogged down in statistics or technical issues, but the author's concise descriptions of the route, scenery and the places he visits keep the reader well entertained as do his rather dry observations on some of the people he encounters along the way. Well worth the cover price!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
The EuroVelo network covers just about anywhere you would wish to cycle in Europe. Out of the 13 routes, number 5 is the only one that gives a starting and finishing point but only a general direction in the middle. Providing you stick to the EV rules (see EV wiki) cyclists can pretty much do their own thing. That is the joy of this route and what clearly gave Andrew Sykes such a buzz. One can positively taste, smell, hear and touch his journey in his book 'Good Vibrations' (The title refers to the many cobble stones the bike and rider had to endure as well as the good vibes the trip brought about) Well done Andrew. If this book doesn't inspire the reader to jump on their bike and go....nothing will. It did me and although I was overweight, less fit and much older than Andrew, only one of those things applies now !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring 22 Oct 2013
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An easy read that you can't put down. Andrew writes of his experiences whilst biking through Europe as though they were everyday happenings. This book has inspired me to buy myself a new bike and take on a cycling challenge of my own, just need to think.of a name for my bike.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Little by little you will see the author, Andrew, go from novice bike tourer to a seasoned one.
Amusing in many places
This book makes me want to start planning my first tour.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars A epic journey
A epic journey for the reader as well as the author. This was my first foray into reading about a cycling adventure. It was well written and an enjoyable journey. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Stephen Craik
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent reading
Well written and full of humour. This journey made me very envious and the book was always entertaining and informative. Highly recommended!
Published 13 days ago by dartmoorscottydog
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb book
This is a wonderfully funny, extremely well written book of a cycle trip across Europe. The witty prose and colourful descriptions have brightened up a dull winter's commute on... Read more
Published 23 days ago by the_bald_man
5.0 out of 5 stars READ THIS BOOK
I have just finished reading this book for the second time as I had enjoyed it so much the first time. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ade Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars So inspiring, great read
This is a great cycling adventure and a very enjoyable read. loved it from start to finish, such an amazing achievement, I'm so glad Andrew Sykes choose to share his adventure.
Published 2 months ago by Ange
5.0 out of 5 stars long live Reggie!
A cyclists delight, unpretentious and good for a few chuckles. Worth every penny! Also the first book read on my iPad! Thanks.
Published 2 months ago by jonno 1960
5.0 out of 5 stars A great adventure
I really enjoyed this book from cover to cover, a great adventure ! Like Andrew, I am pleased that an "off the shelf" map doesn't exist.... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. J. M. Patton
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
What you can accomplish on two wheels is just simply awesome.

A very well written and amusing book. Possibly inspirational.....
Published 2 months ago by John Mcsorley
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Read, great balance
Just finished reading this book, and thoroughly enjoyed it. The author gave a brilliant, interesting and witty account of his trials and discoveries. Read more
Published 2 months ago by embryo
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read - astonishing achievement!!
Anyone who enjoys (or like me, has enjoyed) cycling and loves to travel, this is a great read. Andrew is entertaining in his writing and as such, it is easy to feel as though... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Neil L
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