Cyclecraft: the complete guide to safe and enjoyable cycling for adults and children Paperback – 18 Apr 2007
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About the Author
John Franklin is a consultant and registered Expert Witness on cycling skills and safety and was a member of the government working group that set up the UK National Standard. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Franklin is a recognised authority on cycle safety issues and in this book he presents some very sensible advice on how to ride your bike as safely as possible. Such things as road positioning in different traffic scenarios and the safe use of "cycle-friendly" facilities are all covered. He also discusses various safety measures such as reflective clothing and helmets in some detail.
Some of the conclusions reached by Franklin are controversial and even counter-intuitive (for instance, he's no great fan of cycle lanes). His opinions are clearly explained, with plenty of diagrams, and he certainly justified the conclusions he has reached to my satisfaction.
I'm positive that I am a much safer cyclist (and driver, and pedestrian) as a result of having read this book. Every cyclist should gain something from it. Anyone thinking of getting themselves (or their kids) a bicycle _must_ read it.
At less than a tenner it's the best insurance you'll ever buy!
If there's only one thing you take from it, it should be how to answer the question "Where do you position yourself when you ride on the road?". Most people start talking about kerbs & white lines. Franklin says these are often irrelevant. What we should be thinking about is where the other traffic is and then riding either in front of it or to the side of it.
The advice to keep your bicycle well maintained is spot on, though you'll need a different book if you want to do such maintenance yourself; this book focuses almost exclusively on how to travel safely and enjoyably.
Since it's published in the UK, the text assumes you will be travelling on the left side of the road. The text is certainly broadly applicable to the Republic of Ireland as well, though, as another reviewer says, the law in the Republic of Ireland currently compels cyclists to use cycle tracks. Given that, the advice in this book on how to negotiate the poorer designs might actually be even more useful there.
As far as I can make out, it contains: about 25% genuinely good and well-reasoned advice about cycling on UK roads; about 25% evangelising about cycling; and the other 50% made up of pedantic lists of every conceivable risk (both actual and potential) written out in lengthy (and dreary) paragraph form - this in spite of the initial warning that such lists are not possible. Complete it may be, but usable it most certainly isn't.
What this book needs is a gallon of red ink and a ruthless editor, determined to use every last drop, like their life depended on it.
I'm more than willing to be told about he benefits of cycling - I like that smug self-satisfied feeling that I'm doing something good as much as the next person, but I genuinely resent the feeling of being preached at that this book gives me. As my commute is part driving and part cycling, I also don't like the undertones of "drivers are careless fools who suffer from tunnel-vision". It just feeds into the narrative of "driver v cyclist" which is just about the worst message anyone can convey in terms of road safety. The fact is that, whatever your vehicle of choice, we all have to share the highways with other road users and putting up the barricades helps no-one.
This would be a much more useful guide if it took its styling cues from the Highway Code, which is clearly aims to emulate, i.e. short sharp bullet points that get straight to the point and stripping out all the superfluous detail. In its current form, this book contains a wealth of useful information that is lost in the flood of unnecessary detail.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An essential read for all cyclist. It was good to be reminded of road positioning for cyclists and learning that cycle lanes are not always the best place to be.Published 1 month ago by C ANDREWS
Lots of information covering every situation. Easy but enjoyable writing style. I found the winter riding tips most useful of allPublished 4 months ago by O. D. Clancy
This is a very comprehensive book but pretty wordy. I bought it so I could help my daughter, who is 11, to learn to cycle on the road safely. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Geraldine Mynors
This is the book to have if you have little or no road cycling experience. I had been cycling for years then took a job as a bike ability instructor and so bought this book. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Paul Cammock
Prohibitively expensive - actually have not read this book and I'm sure the content is fine, but it's been on my 'wish list' for over a year, I just cannot bring myself to spend... Read morePublished 7 months ago by William K
A must read for any serious cyclist. 'Roadcraft' is the police driver's reference book. 'Cyclecraft' is the cyclist's reference bookPublished 8 months ago by Paul Wing
As another reviewer said, it could have been done in half the volume of trees ...... It's not very accessible either. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Robin Richardson
I bought this because of a lack of cycling proficiency courses for children where we live. The blurb implies it covers this and maybe it does but it also covers other things but... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Suffolk_Punch
Great book. Lived up to my expectations. Very informative with pictures which suits my learning style. Highly recommended.Published 10 months ago by Shirleyimelda