Obsessive Compulsive Cycling Disorder Paperback – 25 Sep 2013
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Dave was born in Ely Hospital in 1966 after his Dad raced floodwater to get his Mum to the ward before the river Ouse burst. This explains why he is always in a rush. Dave lives in deepest Wiltshire with his wife Helen and his children Jake and Holly. Wembley the cat used to reside within the family as well but sadly snuffed it a few years ago. Dave's fiscal profession is Information Technology. He writes articles to fund bike parts and is currently attempting to finish a number of books. Once he has read them, he'll turn his attention to his half completed writing projects. Like all good IT practitioners he rarely finishes anything. Obsessive Compulsive Cycling Disorder is the rare exception.
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Dave Barter captures the readers attention from the first few pages, and writes from both heart and soul. His sense of humour shines through - even when the going gets tough - as does his heartfelt determination and self deprecation when tackling the most trickiest of rides and challenges. It's a wonderful book that captures his ups and downs and even makes you feel like you are riding alongside him at times.
I wish him every success with this and future publications - and would recommend it without doubt to all cyclists and non-cyclists looking for a different read.
Criticism over. This is a good book. It contains a number of self-contained short stories and articles on various aspects of cycling. Each is interesting, and as a bonus they're usually about the right length to read on the toilet (an advantage which rarely gets enough praise in the Times Literary Supplement).
Dave's cycling adventures cover a wide range of two-wheeled derring-do (and derring-don't). Those who spend their spare time riding and fiddling with bicycles will find themselves nodding in agreement and sympathy with Dave's various highs and lows. Those who don't have any interest in cycling will probably overlook this book in favour of Jeremy Clarkson's latest nonsense, let's face it, but it's their loss. OCCD is amusing, perceptive, and even inspirational in places.
I've paid much more and been entertained much less. Do buy it.
A great fun read, easy to dip into as it is comprised of many short tales.
I still recommend buying and reading this book.
1. It is a fun read.
2. It is inspiring to read about Dave's adventures on two wheels and his passion shines through.
3. It will get you back on your bike.
I throughly enjoyed reading this book. I relate to this book because, I too go through some of the doubts and obsessions with regards to runing, cycling, climbing etc. And after reading Dave's book, I am not feeling guilty about the three bikes in my garage and even thinking about buying another one.
I look forward to more books on Dave's adventures.
Keep writing and riding.
If you are looking for anything more than that then you may be disappointed; personally I loved the humour, the self deprecating style, the sense of man versus adversity (and his own lack of mechanical and planning ability). The book covers mountainbiking (which is my thing) as well as road cycling and longer rides such as Lands End to John O'Groats - all of the articles are excellent and well worth a read - go on, the book is only a few pence after all!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book - real insights and very funny. I've bought more as presents.Published 23 days ago by Craig A
Every cyclist should read this book. Dave has a great way of story telling that i'm sure almost every cyclist can relate to. Read morePublished 2 months ago by AnC
My brother in law loves cycling and he absolutely loved this bookPublished 2 months ago by jane knights
Bought as a gift for a cycling mad son-in-law who seemed to enjoy it.Published 2 months ago by Bath Bhoy