I bought this for two pounds fifty in an Australian remainder store - best bargain I've ever made! Although it claims to be aimed at all cyclists, it is really for ambitious experienced riders, or beginners who want to get serious quickly. Its strengths are in cycling technique, exercise, and diet. These are all written very sensibly and in considerable detail. There is a section on bike maintenance, but it's fairly basic. The attitude seems to be to leave the more time-consuming/difficult jobs to the bike shop. I have some sympathy with that, particularly in these days of bottom bracket cassettes etc., but rudimentary wheel straightening skills might save you a lot of walking someday . . . If you are a relative newcomer to cycling, and have no ambition to tour, join a club, or ride competitively - then this book is not for you. However, whatever your cycling experience, if you have any interest in being a more than competent cyclist that can sail past others and up hills, after a day in the saddle, then this is a great book for you. The style of writing is American chatty with quite a bit of jargon, but you'll soon get used to it. There are 32 chapters, divided into the following sections: Getting Started and Motivated (1 chapter), Gearing Up - about buying a bike (4 chapters), Road Skills (6 chapters), Bike Maintenance (5 chapters), Riding for Transportation (3 chapters), Fitness, Training, and Racing (4 chapters), Centuries and Cause Rides (3 chapters), Nutrition for Cyclists (3 chapters), Touring and Travel (1 chapter), Getting Dirty: Riding Off-Road (2 chapters), and How to Raise a Cyclist - your kids (2 chapters).
It's great fun, very knowledgeable, and parts of it are utterly essential fundamentals for cyclists who want to be better than the herd.