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The Big Book of Bicycling: Everything You Need to Everything You Need to Know, From Buying Your First Bike to Riding Your Best

The Big Book of Bicycling: Everything You Need to Everything You Need to Know, From Buying Your First Bike to Riding Your Best [Kindle Edition]

Emily Furia , Editors of Bicycling(R)
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The world's authority on cycling provides a comprehensive guide to the sport for cyclists of all levels

For nearly 50 years, Bicycling has brought its readers the most up-to-date advice on everything from training and gear to nutrition and stories of cycling's greatest stars.

Now, for the first time, Bicycling gathers its best advice in a must-have book that cyclists of all levels can refer to again and again for answers to all of their cycling questions. Senior editor Emily Furia and her colleagues have gathered the latest, most useful information on getting started, buying gear, maintaining both road and mountain bikes, training for speed, racing techniques, understanding the rules of the road, and much more. This evergreen book is an invaluable resource for any cyclist who wants to ride their best.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1763 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1605292826
  • Publisher: Rodale (7 Dec 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004C43EL2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good but not really for novices 31 July 2012
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.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The Undelivered 13 Mar 2012
I would have liked to have reviewed this product had it not been for the fact I have not recieved it although the order was placed 26th Jan 2012. As the saying goes, Buyer Beware especially when dealing with an online operation. I have written and await futher news but this was a while ago. Good luck with your orders!
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3.0 out of 5 stars From One Bike "Dude" To Another... 30 May 2011
By Julie Benac - Published on
A decent book, but if you are a beginner, the constant "hey dude" bike-jargon between these covers will drive you NUTS! However, it gives some great advice for strength-training, with good yoga and pilates exercises to do to strengthen all parts of the body, not just those that support bicycling.

The trouble I have with the book, as stated before, is all the "cool dude" slang and jargon that the authors throw in, assuming you know what the heck they are talking about. Here are a couple of examples, and keep in mind how a beginner would struggle with these:

" A lot of people will dive into a turn full throttle, and then scrub speed as they exit" (Huh? What the heck does this mean??)

"Most people are never taught the proper way to ride a paceline" (somewhere in this section, it would be REALLY nice to know what, exactly, a paceline IS.)

" You can get a feel for the group without feeling pressured to take pulls at the front." ("take pulls at the front" means...what??)

"Don't try to save the last bit of CO2 for a miniature whippet." (I honestly have NO idea what the heck this means)

It's almost as if most of the book is like reading a conversation between bike mechanics or professional racers. Now, I am no dummy, but I sure feel like one when I read through this book. The simplistic title of the book seems (to me anyway) directed toward a person interested in taking up cycling as a relative "newbie". That said, I feel that the way information is presented here assumes that the reader already knows quite a bit about the sport already.

On the other hand, the workout plans included in the book for achieving various levels of fitness, and also to prepare for various types of rides (century, half-century, etc) and races, are just great. Nutrition advice presented here is also just fabulous.

Maybe I just need to get myself "up" on the "bike-speak"! Good thing I have this book!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps not best for the absolute beginner. 7 Sep 2011
By Matt Wilson - Published on
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I am looking to get into the bicycling world from the absolute ground level, meaning I haven't touched one since the department store Mongoose I had as a kid. This book seemed to advertise itself as relevant to my needs, but I found the level of information to require a reasonable foundation of cycling knowledge coming in.

The early chapters on buying a bike were of most interest to me, yet seemed to center on the amateur racer looking to buy up rather than a pure amateur just looking to buy in. Not until well into the book do you get even a rudimentary diagram of the bicycle make-up, yet the terms for parts, name brands and equipment are thrown in a hailstorm from the beginning page. There are a number of chapters that seemed extraneous to me, such as pages devoted to "fashion", recipes and the like. Most of the information seems dedicated to aspiring street racers and this is where most of the book spends its time.

There is a lot of information in the book, but I suspect much of it will only be of interest to a more dedicated and knowledgeable cyclist. Should I ever obtain that level, I'm certain this book will be one I'm glad to have on the shelf. For my immediate beginning needs, however, this book just didn't quite fit.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not newbie friendly 2 Mar 2012
By paladin051 - Published on
This is like a Biking 301 course rather than a 101 course. There are not that many pictures and illustrations or explanations about jargon. What little pictures they do have are pretty grainy and tough to interpret. As far as jargon goes, I did not know what a barrel adjuster was, sprockets, cogs, and some other stuff, and they just tell you to go to your bike shop if you are confused. They also do not show you how to lube a chain, just to go to the bike shop to show you how. They don't explain that well how to ride. I didn't even know I was supposed to keep my back straight on rides until 3 months in because this book didn't tell me. There are a lot of pages dedicated to training and fitness and diet, although I don't know how you could recommend a true beginner a 3 hour ride once a week on a beginner level base training program. Some of the accessory recommendations are very good, and make your life much easier. If you are buying for the first time, it feels awful to have to buy all this extra stuff but it is definitely worth it.

This book was probably meant for people "in the club" already and have been riding for at least a year. Luckily I borrowed this book from the library and didn't pay for it. If you are a true beginner, I would recommend instead Knack "Cycling for Everyone." There are color photos on every page and idiot proof explanations of the most basic things.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Resource 2 July 2011
By dimensions2001 - Published on
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If you are a beginner or intermediate cyclists, this book is for you. It has topics covering fixing a flat to training properly. For the price, you just cannot beat it as bicycling resource.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book, Good Value 5 May 2011
By jimp - Published on
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This book has great amount of solid information. If you are just starting out as a cyclist I feel this is a good resource. It's the kind of book you can just pick up and read through a few pages and come away with some useful information.
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