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Watch Your Line (Second Edition): Techniques to Improve Road Cycling Skills Paperback – 14 Jun 2011
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From the Back Cover
This book presents a systematic approach to improving road cycling skills, efficiency, and safety. The author presents the "Four P's" for Position, Pedal, Precision, and Practice to orient, organize, reinforce, and remind the rider of the principles presented. Position: Provides an overview of proper fit and positioning on the bicycle. Pedal : Provides recommendations for developing and maintaining a smooth and consistent pedal stroke. Precision: Discusses issues affecting bicycle control and techniques to reduce rider influence on the bicycle. Practice: Provides drills to develop, refine, and maintain road bike handling skills.
About the Author
Alan Canfield is an engineer residing in Panama City, Florida. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri, a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Florida. Canfield has been a road and cross-county recreational cyclist and amateur racer for twenty years. He provides coaching, bike fit, and dynamic motion analysis services to friends and clients. His client base includes road riders, mountain bikers, and triathletes. Canfield is active in local road and mountain bike clubs and attends rides, tours, and races across the southeastern United States. He can be reached through email at email@example.com.
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The book is really useful to someone who hasn't ridden in many years and who never really "learned" how to ride other than by just riding. That is most of us, of course.
The book is divided into reasonable sections that are laid out in a very systematic way, which one would expect from an engineer. (The author claims that as his vocation.) You learn about bike fit, position, bike size, methodology for increasing speed, and bike handling skills.
I found great use in some of the drills that Canfield recommends, to build better pedaling skills. The results were an increase in average speed of about one and a half miles per hour, moving up to a B class rider. I've also experienced improved abilities in length of rides.
In short, this book is worth it if you don't have a lot of riding experience.