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Sloane's Complete Book of Bicycling [Paperback]

Eugene A. Sloane
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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Fireside; 4th Revised edition edition (1 April 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671870750
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671870751
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 15.1 x 22.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,086,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This work features all the latest developments in the world of cycling. It gives advice on: choosing a bike; understanding the new technology and whether you need to invest in it; and the latest in shifting mechanisms, pedal and frame designs, suspension systems and tyres.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Sloanes Book 23 Mar 2013
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Love this book plenty to read and very interesting suits me as the repairs are good to read and understand.
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5.0 out of 5 stars High ROI 28 Jun 2000
By "patrico" - Published on Amazon.com
When I started my adventure to buy a bike, one enthusiast's first piece of advice was to get this book. Then, before doing business with a shop, he recommended I "ask one of the mechanics (not the person working the register) if they sell Sloane. Don't ask for it by title, just ask if they sell Sloane. If they don't know immediately what you're talking about, there's a good chance they don't do good work. Tell them you forgot to put change in the meter and walk out and don't come back." I found this to be good advice.
The other reviewer has pretty much said it, but I got more from my time spent reading this book than talking with any shop personnel (no question) or almost any bike owners. Considering the cost of investing in a bicycle, and the cost of this book, there's no excuse for any bicycle owner to not own this book.
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PURE BIKE PORN 23 Aug 2004
By Donald Gillies - Published on Amazon.com
This is the book that turned me from a casual commuter into a cycling NUTCASE. i've never looked back. In one book, sloan covers everything you need to know to buy a bike, fix a bike, tour on a bike, and race on a bike. Sloan's original book had the audacity to discuss brands and parts and who makes the best stuff any WHY. No other author at the time was willing to delve into these issues. He does it with so much ENTHUSIASM and INSIGHT that his love of the subject is INFECTIOUS. You should think of Eugene Sloane in the same terms as your favorite high school teachers. Sloan is from a suburb of Chicago, Illinois which is a BIKE MECCA because everywhere it's FLAT. One of the things that makes this a cyclist's cycling book is that in the illustrations he always depicts professional parts and also many of the most unusual parts of the 1970's and 1980's. The earlier editions had a racing bicycle on the front, and on the binding, switched to a touring bicycle on the back, if you happen to see it used. Very distinctive cover on those editions.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Starter Book 5 Aug 2005
By Mark A. Lucas - Published on Amazon.com
Gene Sloane has wrote some great repair books and all of his books are packed with history, practical advice, and personal andecdotes.

This book is a good all around introduction to cycling that will last you for several years. It is NOT the Last or Only book you will ever need (or want) on Cycling, but it is better than most. I have a collection of Gene's books and they are easily superior to Rob VanDerPlas's series (RVP tends to miss a few things in his books and can be too general in his coverage). Having copies of Gene's books over the years is like having a private library of the history of modern (1960s-2000s) bikes and the evolution of their design.

He also tends to include gearing tables, sizing recommendations, metrics to english conversion charts, etc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sloane on cycling 20 July 2000
By Michael S Lipschutz - Published on Amazon.com
Thank you, Mr. Sloane, for another great text. As has been the case for twenty some years now, Sloane's dialogue is relevant, funny, highly knowledgeable and infinitely useful. After reading Sloane, I know what makes the best bikes the best and, more importantly, what makes the best bike for me. Mr. Sloane's books have always been THE reference source for me as I purchase and maintain my bikes.
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1.0 out of 5 stars 25th edition not worth the money 10 Mar 2012
By evenst4r - Published on Amazon.com
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Don't buy the 25th Edition!!! I have the 1974 edition and just purchased a used copy of the same edition for a friend. Mistakenly I also purchased the newest, 25th edition. The 25th edition is a poor quality publication that appears to be compiled by amateurs. The photos are all grainy and the additional text provides no new information.
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