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City Cycling Paperback – 1 Aug 2007

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Product details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Snowbooks Ltd (1 Aug. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905005601
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905005604
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 14 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If there is only one book about cycling you should own - then this is it! Amazon.com "In short, it is a wonderful little book" --The Washingmachine post

About the Author

Richard Ballantine was a cycling journalist, writer and advocate, born in America and later living in London, England. He was Chairman of the British Human Power Club and chair of the International Human Powered Vehicle Association. Ballantine's best known work, Richard's Bicycle Book, was published in 1972 at around the time that cycling began to recover in popularity. It was at the head of a new wave of publications advocating the idea that cyclists had a right to use the road, and that their safety, not the convenience of others, should be of paramount importance. He also founded several magazines including Bicycle Magazine.


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City Cycling is a superb read. I picked it up for hints and tips on buying a bike but ended up reading it cover to cover in a few days, and I know I'll be going back to sections now and then too. It's full of useful stuff and covers all the basics - types of bikes, maintenance, riding, traffic - and is very clear with plenty of great photos. But the thing that makes this book stand out is the writing - very accessible, witty and heart-felt. Great fun and inspirational. Read the bits on riding in traffic ('you are traffic'!) and you'll feel better about cycling in cities and towns. There are plenty of good cycling books but few that contain so much good stuff, and none that I know are as fun.
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A brilliant book on general cycling for all to enjoy. Aimed at the average Joe Public urban cyclist, this book explains all you need to know in a witty and informative manner. A great reference book, yet very easy to read cover to cover. Anyone concerned about the prospect of cycling to work in busy traffic should buy this book; it will put your fears in perspective and to one side, allowing you to get on your bike and join the Cycling revolution which is happening across Britain. Whether you are a complete non cyclist or Lance Armstrong you'll enjoy this book, guaranteed. Tip Top.
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LOVE this book I have only been cycling about 6 months ( I started cycling to work because the tram lines was being up dated ) this book is packed full of BRILLIANT advice about cycling in the city and what to wear what to look out for I just wanted a book to help we with a few bits and peacers it full of such things as we're to ride so a bus can see you it's a must for anyone thing of taking up cycling to work or if you just want to go out and about full of what's bike might suite you best to help with mending it's a book you can go back to time and again for help well worth the money Glad I got it
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Really love the chatty style of this book. I bought this because I was hit off my bike in Camberwell last year and I've had the heebie jeebies about getting on my bike again. It's a really clear way to learn about how to cycle in London - and how to make the best of it. People cycling in other major cities will find the advice helpful. I read a lot for pleasure and although I bought this book for its technical aspect I found myself surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Highly recommend.
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I will miss the lively writing style of Ballantyne, who first captured my cycling imagination in the late 1970's. His unstinting belief in HPVs and no nonsense approach to City cycling was no doubt down to his US origins, but if every cyclist followed his example on the road, we would be in a much better place. Plenty of advice here, ranging from road sense through to maintenance.

I have no hesitation in recommending this or indeed any of his other writings. This man was a pioneer in the revitalised UK cycle scene in the 1980s and his vast experience shows through in his accumulated wisdom.

Gone but certainly not forgotten. His epitaph is the cycling Nation that Britain is hopefully becoming. One could not wish for more.
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Very disappointed with this book and its reviews: superficial and quite banal information, with seveal insignificant filling pictures. Many better information on internet and from practical direct experience.
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