I'm enjoying randomly diving into this book from time to time. It covers a very wide range of topics, from bicycle history, to construction, riding advice, accidents, clothing, mechanics and maintenance, tools, maximising performance, bike culture and art, the community, and more (there's even a page on bicycle dating!). It's written in a friendly, convivial style which isn't patronising but offers something useful for everyone from cycle novices to experienced riders. Even if you think you know quite a lot about bikes, there will be quite a few new tidbits of knowledge to discover in these pages.
The book is written from an American perspective and this shows in the terminology, the writing and the photography - but cycling is universal enough that readers from afar will be able to enjoy the book. There is also a leaning towards the low-budget, DIY grifter end of the cycling community (hence all the instructions for building and repairing second-hand bikes) rather than those who prefer to shell out thousands on hi-tech shiny new racers.
This book does not contain everything there is to know about bicycles and their maintenance, but it does contain a lot of the most interesting and useful stuff, and it cannot fail to widen your perspective on cycling, not just as a sport or a mode of transport, but as a way of life. The writer did a great job of gathering a lifetime's knowledge and distilling it into a series of informative and entertaining articles.
It wasn't bad but it also wasn't great, all the information inside and even more you could easily find on the internet, of course it is practical and it feels right to have it in a book format, on your kindle, or even on a smartphone. However, for the price listed, it could've been much better, or it could've been much cheaper.