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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Hardie Grant Books (1 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1742702554
  • ISBN-13: 978-1742702551
  • Product Dimensions: 18.2 x 1.2 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 368,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"With her charming book, fetchingly illustrated by Clare Owen, British velophile Katie Dailey skirts the controversy by mildly pointing out...To speed the spread of the urban biking trend, Ms Dailey offers tips to help would-be pedal-commuters "incorporate cycling into you lifestyle" "New York Times"

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Katie Dailey is a journalist and copywriter who has written for various magazines, including Time Out London, Elle and The Sunday Times Style. She has attended several London Fashion Weeks on her bicycle, and is not afraid to cycle in the rain. This is her First book.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Miss M. L. English VINE VOICE on 4 Jun 2012
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This is definitely a beginners book.

The illustrations are lovely and the information is relevant. There is even a chapter on how to fix different parts of your bike...which I've hardly ever attempted but the text and pictures explain it nice and clearly.

There is useful information on how to ride safely in traffic as the author rides her bike in London...and how to arrive at work without looking too floppy.

As this is titled 'A lady's guide to owning and riding a bike' don't expect to find information on cross-country or mountain biking.

I found it a gentle read and it's the sort of book you could buy for your Aunt or female Cousin without offending.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Moorby VINE VOICE on 31 Mar 2012
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When I first stumbled upon "Heels on Wheels", I wasn't entirely sure what to expect, as often anything branded "A lady's guide to..." runs the risk of being patronising.

However, I have to say that this book couldn't be further from that.

For someone like myself who is venturing back into the saddle after a prolonged break (longer than I'd care to remember), "Heels on Wheels" provides a number of useful tips, on everything from what saddle and lock to buy for your bike, to how to avoid those pesky bike thieves, right through to combating helmet hair and inadvertent knicker-flashing when wearing a skirt! What's more, Dailey's writing style adds more than a dash of humour to the mix, making it not only an informative read, but an entertaining one too.

Dailey also includes an entire section dedicated to answering questions we all need to know the answers to, but are too embarrassed to ask, making this book indispensable for anyone wanting to get back into cycling, whatever their reason.

All in all, a fabulous book for all budding cyclists out there!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. I. McCulloch TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Jun 2012
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This is a beautifully designed, visually attractive little book that is a neat introduction to cycling for those women who haven't ridden since school.
It's not for the serious cyclist at all and if you do cycle regularly already, you'll be wasting your money getting this.
However it does contain some sound advice generally, although it makes bike maintenance sound very daunting. The author possibly has an interest in a bike shop as she advocates a quarterly visit for servicing which is frankly ridiculous. I do all my own minor maintenance, mine goes in for an annual service and the bike shop comment that they never have to do much to it.
Changing worn out brake pads is a relatively simple task - I've done it quite easily- but author Kate advocates not doing this.
Also her advice on changing tyres was a bit impractical. Using her method of not removing the tyre fully from the wheel makes it near impossible to properly check for sharp debris piercing the rubber and causing punctures.
It isn't at all difficult to remove a tyre using tyre levers and fitting the new inner tube to the inside of the tyre when it is fully off is a breeze. Fitting the tyre back on and not pinching the new inner tube is also much easier with this method.
These quibbles aside, this is a charming little book that deserves to sell and attract women into cycling. Far more should cycle than do and anything that helps personal fitness and the environment in one fell swoop is to be lauded.

One final point. My mode of transport is a trike rather than a bike, and there was absolutely no mention of tricycles in the book. Such a shame as trikes are a fantastic alternative to those who cannot handle a bike for various reasons. My three-wheeler is one of the joys of my life for the independence that it gives arthritic little old me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Laura T VINE VOICE on 18 Jun 2012
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I have been riding a bike in Cambridge for seven years now, so I expected that I would already be aware of most of the information given in this book. However, I know that I could improve my knowledge of bike repair and road safety (as I have never attended an official cyclist training course) so I thought I would get this book in the hope that these two areas would be explained in an accessible manner. This book is charmingly illustrated, and does give a lot of helpful advice on, among other things, the type of clothes to wear while cycling, stopping your bike from being stolen, types of bicycle and what to look for when buying a second-hand bike. The first of my two expectations was also met, as there is a handy section on bike upkeep and maintenance, and I now know how to tighten my own brakes, fix a puncture, and repair handlebars. However, I did think that one glaring omission in this book was some basic rules of road safety. It talks a lot about wearing a helmet, reflective clothing and bike lights but very little about how to actually behave on the road, other than being aware of large vehicles' blind spot on the left and making sure you are up front and visible at junctions. I had hoped for instructions on changing lanes, tackling roundabouts and complicated junctions, one-way systems, etc. I know all this is very basic, but this is a book that starts with telling you to cycle on the left, so I didn't think it was too basic to include! I had the impression that the writers assumed that cyclists were also drivers, who will be aware of the rules of the road, but with increasing numbers of under-25s without a driving licence, this is not necessarily going to be the case. Apart from this, I would recommend this book as a good starting-point for new cyclists, but do go elsewhere for your road safety.
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