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The TomsBikeTrip.com Guide To Adventure Cycle Touring
The TomsBikeTrip.com Guide To Adventure Cycle Touring
Price: £4.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Guide to Cycle Touring in General, 30 Mar. 2017
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Having come to Tom Allen via the around-the-world-trip-writing of Rob Lilwall, Alastair Humpheys and Mark Beaumont et al, it's fair to say I enjoy the concept of adventure cycling. Where as those writers have detailed accounts of their respective trips around the world, I believe Tom Allen has perhaps written the definitive guide on not just how to go about it, but also how to survive it.

I've followed Tom's adventures for a while now and being a keen touring cyclist myself, I was eager to read his latest 'tome'! It's fair to say that Tom Allen has 'been there and done that' and can certainly speak from experience when it comes to cycle touring and the practicalities of such are very much reflected here.

Tom's experiences are not just aimed squarely at 'Adventure Cyclists' a lot of what he writes is completely relevant to touring cyclists in general. I guess many people would love to be able to take the time to and disappear into the sunset on a bike, but circumstances dictate that most people's trips are about 8-10 days in length, and yet a lot of Tom's writing is very applicable to people like us.

The book is split into 3 distinct chapters - essentially a before, during and what next? It pretty much every aspect of cycle touring, from early planning; choosing a bike; insurance etc via sat navs to visas; accommodation; health issues which may arise during the trip and relationship advice - and pretty much everything in between. There's not much that isn't covered.

I like Tom's no-nonsense approach. It makes the book easy to read and easily the best book I've read on the subject. As Tom might say: "Let's ride"

Right then, can't sit here all day, got to book the ferry for this summers cyclo-camping expedition down the Rhine!

Mustaine: A Life in Metal
Mustaine: A Life in Metal
by Dave Mustaine
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Into the Lungs of Hell..., 28 Sept. 2010
I've always been a huge fan of Megadeth, ever since I saw them back in 1986 on the Peace Sells...tour. I always knew that Dave Mustaine had a issues with drugs but I had no idea on what kind of scale until I read this book. Almost every page has a reference to heroin, cocaine, dope, valium, quaaludes - you name it, Mustaine's taken it.
The book makes an interesting read and although the cover makes out that Dave Mustaine is the author, it's actually written with the help of sports writer Joe Layden. At times it's written as if Mustaine was being interviewed and kind of transcribed to make it sound as if he's written it himself. That's not really a bad thing as the book is a real page turner for any fans of thrash metal and of the constant feud with Metallica. He gives in depth details of band members and why he hired/fired them.
Two small criticisms: Firstly some of the photographs contained within the book are quite often randomly on pages that have nothing to do with what he's talking about. Pictures of band line-ups where he's talking about an album that those members didn't appear on. And secondly, how come the American version of the book get a stylish photo of Dave Mustaine on it and the UK version gets a scribbly cover?
Still, I recommend this book to any fan of heavy metal, or to anyone who wants to know how drugs can screw up your life.

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