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On Your Bike: The Complete Guide to Cycling (Cycling Guide) [Paperback]

Matt Seaton
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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25 May 2006 Cycling Guide
"On Your Bike!" is a visually stunning book that truly captures the spirit of cycling in the twenty-first century. Warmly and accessibly written by author and Guardian columnist Matt Seaton, this is a brand new take on cycling that will appeal to anyone who has ever experienced the thrill and the freedom of the open road. Filled with great graphics and illustrations of cycling through the ages, as well as film posters, vintage advertising, and beautiful photography, "On Your Bike!" takes the reader on a scintillating freewheelin' ride. With chapters on maintenance, cycle sport and urban cycling, this book covers all of today's key biking issues. The bicycle has played a unique part in human civilisation, it has travelled the world and, in its time, carried entire nations to work and sometimes even to war. "On Your Bike!" chronicles this cultural and social history of the bicycle, one of the most popular inventions of all time. "On Your Bike!" also looks to the future, raising pertinent questions about what governments and cyclists could be doing to further enhance cycle awareness and cycle safety. A comprehensive resource that should be in every cyclists' saddlebag, "On Your Bike!" is an engrossing book that should thrill both veteran and novice alike.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Black Dog Publishing Ltd (25 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904772404
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904772408
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 21 x 26.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 631,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"There is much in here for even the most seasoned pedaller. There is also enough practical advice to make it a good gift for any recent converts."

About the Author

Matt Seaton is the Guardian's cycling columnist, as well as a commuting cyclist and a weekend racer.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A thorough introduction to cycling 3 Aug 2006
Matt Seaton's "On Your Bike: The Complete Guide to Cycling" is an impressive achievement, containing something of interest for everyone, from novices to long-time bike-lovers alike. Immensely readable, with impressive photography supplementing interesting and informative chapters covering everything from the history of the bicycle, the different types of bike on the market today, basic bike components and mechanics, the various disciplines within cycle sport, etc., the book thoroughly covers the essential practical, historical and philosophical elements of bicycling. The author's passion for and knowledge of the subject shine through with an enthusiasm that rubs off on the reader. A must-have for anyone with an interest in bicycling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 13 Jun 2009
Yes, this covers just about everything, including some of the softer aspects - what it feels like to be on a bike, and what it's *really* all about. There's just enough detail to keep all levels interested. In fcat, I've just returned to reading it, and find it even better the second time around.
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For somebody who has ridden a bike for quite some time, I was interested to see what would be included in something dubbed "the complete guide to cycling". And, I must say that I was quite surprised at the book's ability to make me see the bike from a different angle.
When you take up cycling, whatever age you are, you don't think about the bike itself - it is merely the tool by which you can get out on to the road/track/rough terrain (whatever floats your boat) and get "on your bike." And to be honest, I wasn't expecting to find a book that was so easy to read, so interesting to read, especially on a subject that can seem quite mundane..... read full review at cycling shorts.cc
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