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Heels on Wheels [Paperback]

Katie Dailey
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Book Description

1 Mar 2012
Learning to ride a bike is easy, but getting back on one if you're over the age of 12 -- and have developed a penchant for high heels -- can be a daunting task. In Heels on Wheels Katie Dailey offers sage advice to the modern gal who would like to get back in the saddle after a short (or very long) hiatus, Find out how to choose your trusty steed, stay safe on the road, fix a puncture and select the best lock for your bicycle. As well as this, more pressing issues are covered, including how to combat helmet hair, wearing a skirt without losing your dignity, and all the exciting things you can buy to pimp your ride. So whether you plan on being a weekend cruiser, or a riding-in-all-elements fanatic, Heels on Wheels will make you fall in love with cycling at over again.

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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: 1.2 x 18 x 18.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 461,149 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"

About the Author

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
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite a Quaint Little Book 4 Jun 2012
By Miss M. L. English VINE VOICE
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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
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A good basic handbook with some key omissions 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By S. A. Broadhurst VINE VOICE
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I was drawn to this book by its gorgeous cover - of vintage style and in dusky tones of green, pink and beige. When I received the book I was very happy to see that this style was continued throughout the book. The layout of the book reminds me of a scrapbook.

There are six chapters/sections to the book: Getting Started; How to Incorporate Cycling into your Lifestyle; Cycling Safely; Parking (Or, How to Ensure Your Bike Isn't Stolen); Just One Last Question ...; and Bike Maintenance. The book looks at the many styles of bike: would it be best to have a skinny tyred road bike, a shopper or a racing style bike? Which style saddle? are just a few of the questions answered in this book.

I must admit when I first saw this book I thought that this would be a tongue in cheek book about women and bikes, however I was very pleasantly surprised to see that it was a very informative book that would make a great gift for any lady who has or is thinking of buying themselves a bicycle.

This book would make a great coffee table book, or a stocking filler for any ladies or young girls who are bike lovers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Light, fun and informative 22 Mar 2014
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I must admit this book is not what I was expecting. From its title and sub heading of "A lady's guide to owning and riding a bike" with its 1950s style cover I was expecting a "prim and proper" book detailing how to ride a bike with the correct posture, etc. However the book is not like that at all.

The book starts off by explaining why women should cycle and pointing out interesting points like Jennifer Anderson (who found fame playing Rachel in Friends) was a bicycle courier. Before warning you in a very easy to read way about the dangers of pot holes, taxi drivers and other inexperienced cyclists.

The book then talks about the health benefits of cycling with helpful advice like an average sized woman on an average bike can burn 500 calories an hour. The author then points out that this is the equivalent of one bottle of nice wine but advises you to stop cycling before starting on the wine. The author also points out that cycling help shapes your legs nicely and points out that the singer Beyonce is a keen cyclist.

You are then given a very humorous introduction to certain types of cyclist tribes including the "fashion victim", the "earth mother", the "speed demon" and the "retro rider".

Once you've worked out what type of rider you are, you are then given a crash course on different bike types, different handle bar types, different saddles, etc. All of this technical information is presented in a very funny and reader friendly way.

The next chapter looks at cycle chic. The right make-up to wear whilst cycling, cycle clothing, lights, baskets, bells, etc. There is also a small section on how to freshen up after a ride so your still looking (and smelling) good after the ride is over.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Poor descriptions, and some bad advice
The author seriously suggests that you should choose cycle through potholes. Avoiding potholes is not usually difficult on a bike, you don't need to "suddenly swerve to go... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Prof TBun
4.0 out of 5 stars Slightly strange mix of information but a good read!
"Heels on Wheels", is, as the name suggests, aimed at ladies planning to get into (or return to) cycling. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Melanie Pratt
4.0 out of 5 stars A valuable guide for women taking up cycling
This book is squarely aimed at a female audience. The design and layout are distinctly 'girlie'as is some of the content. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Ms. C. R. Stillman-lowe
5.0 out of 5 stars entertaining
Gave it to my wife who loved it but hasn't made her cycle any further. A nice dip in dip out book.
Published 10 months ago by derekw60
5.0 out of 5 stars A fab book for ladies who bike
I've had an on-off love affair with cycling and have just decided to get back on my bike after a very long time off the saddle. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Miss Marple
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and funny
I bought a bike about 2 months ago. Back in the saddle after about 15 years. So, this book did appeal.

The book has encouragement, and advice. Read more
Published 11 months ago by A John
4.0 out of 5 stars Wheels
My Mrs (being a lady and all) has this to say about this book:

I read this book in about 45 mins and found it a great source of information, not just for ladies but on... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Funk
3.0 out of 5 stars a bit of fun
A quirky and good humoured look at how grown up girls get back in the saddle, for the first time since childhood. Attractive illustrations and sensible advice.
Published 14 months ago by George Rodger
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever, funny and useful - a delight
I tend to hate things that are branded as being "for girls" - they are often either pink or patronising. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Gabrielle O
5.0 out of 5 stars An ideal gift for Girls
There is a website specifically aimed at the female cyclist and in particular if they want to look chic. Read more
Published 20 months ago by the lambanana
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