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Patrick Brady

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Book Description

19 May 2011
The No-Drop Zone contains all the information necessary for new cyclists to gain the knowledge and skills to take them from buying their first bicycle to starting their first race. Cyclists learn how to handle the bike, perform minor maintenance, select clothing and accessories, join clubs, and find events. The book also covers every aspect of riding in a group, emphasizing such specific skills as how to avoid bumping into other riders when riding in close quarters and fixing a flat quickly enough to rejoin the group. Author Patrick Brady explores the particular pleasures that come from group riding, a unique experience at once social (talking with friends while riding), exciting (descending in a group), and exhilarating (finishing a long hill). Brady also details the enormous fitness benefits of riding in a group. The No-Drop Zone has all the knowledge a cyclist needs to move to that next level of skill.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Menasha Ridge Press (19 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0897326601
  • ISBN-13: 978-0897326605
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 25.1 x 2.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 994,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The No-Drop Zone has all the answers. While geared mainly toward beginners, even experienced riders will appreciate the vast detail of road bike materials and components, as well as the periodized century ride training plan." -- Triathlete Magazine, August 2011 "I would have saved myself years of trial and error if this book had been around when I was getting started." -- Joe Parkin, author A Dog in a Hat "...the first really comprehensive look at the sport ... should be in every cyclist's bookcase." -- Robin Thurston, CEO Map My Ride and former professional cyclist "Brady brings experience and clarity to practically every aspect of the sport of cycling. The No-Drop Zone is like having your own personal cycling mentor." -- Elden "Fatty" Nelson, "The No-Drop Zone is a comprehensive, entertaining and well-organized book for beginning cyclists who want to quickly improve their bike knowledge and understanding of the sport." -- Brad Roe, Editorial Director peloton magazine "The No-Drop Zone can help you take your road biking up a notch as you fine-tune your skills as a cyclist, learn to ride in a pace-line or pack, and just as importantly, train smarter. Brady offers good advice on making smart choices when buying your road bike as well as making upgrades on your existing bike to make improvements in performance, comfort and weight." --Cycle & Style, June 2011

About the Author

Patrick Brady has served as an editor of Bicycle Guide and publisher of Asphalt magazine. A well-known blogger on cycling, he lives in Los Angeles

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4.0 out of 5 stars An introduction to the sport of road cycling 20 Jun 2011
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It was a pretty good book. It doesn't tell you absolutely everything you need to know in order to race or tour or even do group rides, but it gives you a strong overview of the sport, the equipment, the types of events, and the culture. Certainly enough to get started and not embarrass yourself.

You could probably find all of this information on the internet for free, but having it all collected in a single volume like this could save you a lot of hassle.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great overall bike book 4 Sep 2012
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I've been riding for over 30 yeasrs. I bought this book originally for a friend who was getting into cycling. I started reading thru it and found it to be not only a great refresher, but also gave me some info I wasn't aware of. I ended up purchasing two books. Highly recommened this book for anyone getting into or currently cycling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reference for All Roadies 16 April 2012
By Alan Canfield - Published on
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I was excited when I heard that Patrick Brady, aka Padraig of the blog "Red Kite Prayer," was publishing a "Cycling 101" book. I would have devoured this book as an excellent reference when I was learning the sport of road cycling twenty years ago. There is a little bit of everything included.

I recommend this book to beginners just getting started, and to seasoned riders looking for some inspiration and insight. If you are a fan of the blog you will be pleased to know there is plenty of the author's trademark dry wit infused with good advice.

As the author of Watch Your Line (Second Edition): Techniques to Improve Road Cycling Skills, I am very impressed with the amount of material Mr. Brady was able to research, refine, and publish in this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for riders learning to road bike! 28 Dec 2011
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I've been racing for a few years but am an avid follower of Padraig's Red Kite Prayer blog, so bought the book out of interest. Wow, this IS the book you want to read when you start road riding for the first couple years and want to know how to do all the basics. Well illustrated, easy to follow. The section on frame materials is more advanced and as the author says can be skipped unless it's a specific interest. This is the only and best complete 'how to' manual for road biking that I know, and I recommend it to anyone getting rolling.
5.0 out of 5 stars Learned a few new things 29 Dec 2013
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I enjoyed this book. My son is a bicycle racer and so I found the topic interesting. The most interesting thing I learned is that cyclists shave their legs to improve cooling.
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