Great British Bike Rides: 40 Classic Routes for Road Cyclists
is totally different from Dave's earlier book, 'Obsessive Compulsive Cycling Disorder'Obsessive Compulsive Cycling Disorder
, (which I loved) and I really didn't think it would be for me since I'm a 60+ grandmother who's only been a relatively active cyclist for the past couple of years and very unlikely to do anything marked more than 'average'/'moderate'; I had planned to give 'Great British Bike Rides' to my keen cycling brother for his birthday later this month but now I'm going to have to order another copy as HE'S NOT HAVING THIS ONE. Why? Because it's a good-looking, well-written, well-organised, full-colour book that is utterly seductive and I'm not only going to keep it but use it too. I've worked out that, even if I never do a whole ride in one go, I can almost certainly use it to do parts of rides - the bits that are not likely to put me into an early grave through over-exertion.
Although initially a bit concerned about the small size of the typeface, I am lucky to have specs that cope well and I find the text sufficiently dark, with clear san-serif font so it's proving not to be a problem.
'OCCD' inspired me not only thanks to the sheer exuberant lunacy of Dave but also by his sincere passionate advocacy for the glories of cycling - I've ridden many more miles in the past year thanks to it. Now with this latest book I've discovered that Dave's not just entertaining - he has what it takes to create a work that will bring pleasure to anyone who loves the amazing variety of terrain in Britain and who wants encouragement and guidance to explore it for themselves. It's been fun during the past year to read Dave's [...] blog in which he has described the gestation of this precious baby of his. I feel I've been given some idea just what a labour of love it has been for the whole Barter family and offer them hearty congratulations on its successful delivery!