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Richard's Bicycle Book Paperback – 10 Jun 1983
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A few years ago, I bought Richard's NEW Bicycle Book, expecting it to be even better than the original, but was disappointed. This book is a good read, as well as a useful reference, and is still the one to have.
So much of the book is good stuff. Knowledge and experience without being high-handed/bike snob shines through.
There is serious in-depth techy stuff way beyond my knowledge and need, yet simple obvious stuff like Kick-Stands being a waste of time.
Bit of a time-capsule too, this just pre-dates the advent of Mountain Bikes, and I believe there is mention of 'Sustrans' just before it started. Raleigh Industries was the World's Biggest Bike maker, then.
Good holiday read.
Hardtail Mtb is all I need, but the book has me hankering after the lightness and lessness of a good steel tourer.
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.