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on 8 October 2017
Great to re-read this. 7 rear gears was cutting edge, carbon fibre was exotic and unproven. But much of this holds true and reminds you how little is new under the sun.
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on 11 August 2011
Loads of useful information including a retrospective on bike developments. OK so it doesn't cover some of the newer bike devlopments but that was a given by the print date and other reviews.

Some very good diagrams on bike components that are clearer to understand than in other bike manuals relying on photographs. Plenty of anecdotal material, good background on the origins of mountain biking and some useful guidance on cycling best practice that remains relevant to the current day

Enjoy
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on 21 July 2013
This book is a 'must-have' for any cyclist. So glad I have finally got my own copy, and it is in very good second-hand condition, arrived quickly.
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on 8 March 2016
Brilliant book, particularly if you have some old bikes. Plus, lots of good advice that is still relevant today.
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on 31 July 2009
This book is funny informative and simply the best book about cycling I have read. Ballantine is SO ENTHUSIASTIC he makes you want to put the book down and get out there and ride!

I got into cycling quite late - in my early 20's and someone lent me Richards original book from the '70's. This is more up to date and includes Mountain Bikes, Moultons, city bikes etc. Though it is still 18 years old.

Richards book serves as a great introduction to cycling and important tips about how to stay alive on the bike, gearing, maintenance, most efficient cycling method - cadence, ankling etc. (If you don't know what I'm talking about, you need this book!)

The section about car drivers is worth the cover price alone, "Capri drivers treat driving as a form of armed combat"

I bought a second hand copy recently, as my original copy was stolen. It has rekindled my enthusiasm for cycling again.
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on 15 May 2015
The classic book full of really helpful hints that will last a lifetime. Recommended
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