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Truly for beginners
on 21 August 2013
I cycled very regularly, and very far, in my teens but took a good twenty year break from this very satisfying activity. I've taken it up again over the last couple of years mainly for commuting, so I'd call myself an experienced cyclist and maybe that results in my dissatisfaction with this book. I think I was spoiled in my previous cycling existence by the availability of the completely excellent "Richards Bicycle Book" (circa 1970s). I still own this yellowing, oil-stained and much thumbed book, and although it is quite a bit out of date for current technologies - cycling equipment has advanced a surprising amount in the intervening 40 years - it is still far, far superior to this book in almost every category: types of bike, cycling styles, gear, touring, racing, even mountain-biking. Most especially that book contained a detailed, diagram-laden, maintenance guide, a vital component of any book of this type as far as I'm concerned; there is a maintenance section in this book (chapters 17 and 18) but it is so vague as to be almost useless and there is hardly a diagram in sight. Frustratingly there isn't even a picture of a Schrader valve compared to a Presta valve.
There is a section on fitness which is interesting, even to me who never gets overly excited about such things, dealing with things like HRMax and VO2s and such stuff, informative and not something that is dwelled on in Richards Bicycle book - I'm not sure they knew about that sort of thing in the seventies to be honest.
Very much for beginners - could do better.