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The Bicycle Book Paperback – 11 May 2006
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If you are thinking of abandoning the train, tube, car or bus andtaking to the streets on two wheels (and if not, why not?), then you need this book. THE BICYCLE BOOK contains a mine of usefulinformation, from selecting your bike to caring for it, from how to ride it to where to ride it and what to wear while riding it. With THE BICYCLE BOOK you will learn to distinguish your bottom bracket from your headset, how to repair a puncture in just 5 minutes and the simple secrets of keeping your bike in top condition with only three basic tools. It will even tell you how to get oil out of the carpet. Taming roundabouts, multi-lane filters, bendy buses, HGVs and white vans, THE BICYCLE BOOK is your ticket to a stress-free commute, wherever you live. For Londoners, it includes clever routes avoiding London's busier roads. But should you need to steer a safe course around Hyde Park Corner, this book will show you the best strategy. And in the unlikely event that push comes to SUV, it will also tell you what you need to do after a collision.
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Cycling Plus is Britain's best-selling road cycling monthly magazine.
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I decided it would be a good idea to "do my homework" and read up a little to make sure I don't do myself and injury and have the correct equipment and clothes for commuting.
I was hopeful that this book would provide a good starting point and it absolutely did not disappoint!
It's answering all of the questions I've been thinking about, and also given me a few tips for the correct methods of easing myself back into the saddle (It's even told me I can have Cake when I get to work! - Now that's my kind of advice!)
I does not talk down to the uninitiated or novice cyclist and could even confirm a few points (including road sense) for the more experienced bike rider.
It contains sound general advice on choosing the right bike for you. Written in association with Cycling Plus Magazine, it know's it's stuff and is modern enough to cover all the stuff in that's in the shops.
Also clothing and the required extras which are easily overlooked in the excitement and flush of buying 'the bike'.
I found the Cycling Safety section particularly useful with very good tips. Nutrition and Motivation also well covered.
Good value, nice format, well written.