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Richard's Bike Book,
This review is from: Richard's Bicycle Book (Paperback)
Was given a copy back in the early 80's, first edition I suppose if the other reviews are correct.
What I read in here has saved my life a couple of times - once on a bike - "don't brake if hit from behind" simple, obvious but not instinctive.
"Always have an escape route" - make it a habit. Seriously.
It covers all the bike technology back then and techniques too, stuff like gears and brakes, how to cope with dog attacks. I'm sure I remember his worst moment was being pursued by a "large and determined goose".
It's not at all pompous or elitist, it's a down to earth read and a bloody useful thing.