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Cyclecraft: the complete guide to safe and enjoyable cycling for adults and children Paperback – 18 Apr 2007

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Product details

  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Stationery Office; 2nd TSO ed., 2007, 2nd impression 2008 edition (18 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0117037400
  • ISBN-13: 978-0117037403
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 14.6 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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After many years of not cycling (at least 10) I recently decided to start commuting the few miles to and from work. Many posters to the uk cycling group highly recommended this book for all cyclists but I thought that as a born-again beginner it might be of particular use to me. How right I was!
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!
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This is an excellent book. It explains in simple terms how to ride more safely in traffic. It's the source book for the National Standard for Cycle Training (and Bikeability).
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.
Brilliant!
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As in previous editions, Cyclecraft provides very useful advice on road-sharing in general, and detailed advice on how to recognise and negotiate hazardous situations, cyclist-hostile road designs and pretty much all pitfalls and obstacles. Its scope is comprehensive and its style is admirably clear.

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.
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I can't believe I'm reading the same book as everyone else who has reviewed it?!

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.
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As an instructor myself I had to read this before qualifying - despite having cycled since childhood this book still had a trick or two up it's sleeve - things which I had never encountered before but since moving back to the south west, have in buckets - things I'd simply never have thought about if I hadn't read the book and I find that total novices find it a great help too. If there is one book I will alway recommend to my clients at whatever stage they are, this has to be it., John Franklin is that committed that when we launched Bikeability down here, he actually postponed the start of his vacation to join us! And it shows in his book too.
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