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The Essential Touring Cyclist: A Complete Guide for the Bicycle Traveler, Second Edition (Essential (McGraw-Hill)) [Paperback]

Richard A. Lovett
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1 Jan 2001 Essential (McGraw-Hill)
"One of the best pieces of equipment you can get to prepare for a tour." - "Odyssey". "If you like to bicycle and you're prone to wanderlust, proceed with caution before reading "The Essential Touring Cyclist" ...you may find yourself suddenly giving two weeks' notice and hitting the road." - "Outdoor Traveller". "Just about everything a person needs to know to travel by bike." - "Denver Post".Each year thousands of people pedal across the country, and even more choose weekend or week long tours near home or abroad. Bike touring is a way to really see and experience the countryside and come home healthier than when you left. "The Essential Touring Cyclist", the only fully illustrated manual for bicycle touring, guides you through choosing a bike, equipping and customizing it for touring, and preparing yourself for life on the road. Other features include: getting into shape and dealing with aches and pains; touring solo or with groups; riding skills and endurance techniques; and tips on clothing, camping, food, and safety. Whether you're heading out for a few hours or a few months, this new edition of "The Essential Touring Cyclist" gives you everything you need to know about travelling on two wheels.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Ragged Mountain Press; 2 edition (1 Jan 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071360190
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071360197
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 18.7 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 471,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Essential Series--Your Trusted Guides"One of the best pieces of equipment you can get to prepare for a tour."--Odyssey

"If you like to bicycle and you're prone to wanderlust, proceed with caution before reading The Essential Touring Cyclist . . . you may find yourself suddenly giving two weeks' notice and hitting the road."--Outdoor Traveler

"Just about everything a person needs to know to travel by bike."--Denver Post

Each year thousands of people pedal across the country, and even more choose weekend or weeklong tours near home or abroad. Bike touring is a way to really see and experience the countryside and come home healthier than when you left. The Essential Touring Cyclist, the only fully illustrated manual for bicycle touring, guides you through choosing a bike, equipping and customizing it for touring, and preparing yourself for life on the road. Other features include

  • Getting into shape and dealing with aches and pains
  • Touring solo or with groups
  • Riding skills and endurance techniques
  • Tips on clothing, camping, food, and safety

Whether you're heading out for a few hours or a few months, this new edition of The Essential Touring Cyclist gives you everything you need to know about traveling on two wheels.

About the Author

Richard A. Lovett has published more than 2,000 articles on travel, science, and cycling for such publications as the Economist, Backpacker, and Travel & Leisure. The coauthor of Freewheelin': A Solo Journey Across America, he has bicycled more than 50,000 miles, including a 5,400-mile trek from California to Maine. He is also coauthor of The Essential Cross-Country Skier: A Step-by-Step Guide and Alberto Salazar's Guide to Running.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Friendly and informative. 1 Jun 2009
Format:Paperback
This book, although written by and clearly aimed at Americans, is still an enjoyable introduction to the basics of cycle touring that can be useful to those of us from Europe. It is written with enthusiasm and obvious experience, a great book for the absolute beginner to the joys of cycling and camping. Although some of its more technical aspects cannot really be applicable to Europe, the basic practicalities of cycle touring are well covered.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dated 3 Mar 2013
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All the information in this book can be found for free on the internet. It still does it's job well, and has collected useful info in one place, but time has moved on.
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4.0 out of 5 stars bike traveller 20 Jan 2011
By fish
Format:Paperback
AN EXCELLENT GUIDE FOR THE NOVICE AND ALSO CYCLIST WITH SOME TOURING EXPERIENCE. IT IS BOTH A WELL PUT TOGETHER GUIDE AND ALSO AN INTERESTING READ. THOROUGHLY RECOMMENDED
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good 5 July 2005
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I was new to bicycle touring (but not road biking), and I picked up the first edition of this book in a used book shop. The book is well written in an informal, friendly style. The text is supported by several simple but clear illustrations, and there are many scenic (black and white in 1st edit) photos which inspire wanderlust. Most importantly, this book conveys a wealth of information specific to touring, including equipment, how to set up your bike, camping, and trip planning. You get the sense that the author is really an expert, as he peppers each chapter with useful tips that I was not aware of previously. He also includes some surprisingly good (considering their brevity) practical chapters on riding skills, training, injuries, and repairs. In summary, the book is clear, concise, conveys the fun of touring, and contains a lot of useful info. Of the 3 books on this subject I've read, it was by far the best, the most relevent, and I'd highly recommend it.
37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for Novice 22 Jun 2004
By Tortfeasor - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Richard Lovett does a good job of describing, in a general way, the three basic modes of bicycle touring: vehicle-supported, "credit-card" (i.e., inn-to-inn), and loaded (camping). It's rare to find *any* books on touring, so on that basis, the book is great. And if you've never toured before, this is a good, informative book. However, if, like myself, you're looking for in-depth hints and kinks on loaded touring, you won't find them here. Ergo, four stars for this one.
40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Touring Cyclist 9 Oct 2001
By Roy Hoogenraad - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I bought the first edition a number of years ago, and it was a well loved and thumbed through book ... I even lent it to all and sundry ... I decided to update it for this one, as there were a number of minor errors in the first one ... the second edition is even better!!!
The style of the book is written by someone well experienced in cycle touring and his style is very easy to read and the advice is sound ... the information contained in the book will benefit both the novice cycle tourist as well as the seasoned veteran.
I like this book and refer to it often for inspiration and ideas ...
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not much use unless you are an absolute beginner. 10 Aug 2009
By Gary Kavanagh - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Based on the title of the book I thought as someone wanting to tackle big self supported bicycle adventures I would come away with some unique insights from this book. Unfortunately this was not the case despite some reviewers claiming a "seasoned veteran" could benefit from the book. I hardly consider my self a seasoned veteran of touring, but as someone who has done a few light weekend tours and plenty of miles of experience of road riding and endurance training, very little was new to me in this book. Especially after a little internet reading on the topic of bicycle touring. When it came to the topic of camping specifics, a large part of touring if you are not doing credit card touring, the book glosses over details, assuming anyone reading probably has experience or other books on camping.

So if you are someone who has lots of outdoors experience, are interested in bicycle touring, but haven't a clue about riding bikes for long distances or the cycling specific gear involved, this book may be a great starting point. If you are an experienced endurance cyclist who has done plenty of centuries or some multi-day event rides like AIDS LifeCycle, and are looking to take it to the next level with planning epic self supported adventures, this book won't tell you much you don't already know or couldn't find out with a little internet research.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful and tight 18 Sep 2010
By Shawn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I found this book to be extremely helpful and engaging. Thourough without unnecessary padding. Written in an easy and digestible manner with useful tools for my new forays into bike touring.
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