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TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 13 June 2012
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I really like this book because it is the complete opposite of just about every other cycling book on the market. It looks at all aspects of cycling but from an exclusively female perspective. Quite why women have been ignored in cycling books (apart from mention of squashy saddles) is a mystery to me, but here we have a worthy attempt to do redress the balance.

The book's design is its strongest point. It uses plain English to describe just about everything you might want to know about day-to-day cycling, and combines it with colourful illustrations that reinforce the points being made. The use of graphics instead of photographs is clever - it softens the look of the book, and removes many of the technicalities that may hinder the simple facts being conveyed. It also makes it a bit more girlie and friendly, if I can put it like that. There is a nasty typo on the back cover, but don't let that worry you - it's an isolated glitch. The book is otherwise very nicely written.

The author examines how to get started in cycling, choosing a bike, cycling safety, parking, security, and so on. The vital matter of choosing the right saddle is also dealt with. It does not cover cycling as a sport, and so does not delve into the engineering technicalities of bicycle components, speedometers, GPS systems and so on. It includes a chapter about how to maintain your bicycle, but it generally assumes that you'll leave anything more technical that a flat tyre to your cycle repair shop.

It's likely that you don't want to dress in a Lycra cat-suit to go cycling, or be seen in a cycle helmet that looks like pudding basin on your head, or be flashing your underwear at the traffic. The answer to every female clothing-related question is here in this book. Everything from choice of underwear to shoes, skirts to shorts, tops and gloves, sunglasses and hats, is weighed-up. The subject of avoiding "helmet hair" also gets a mention, as are post-cycling make-up and sweat remedies.

This book is a pleasant surprise! It handles a typically male subject in a female way, and without the wheels falling off, so to speak. It wobbles neatly around some of the technical and gadget stuff that preoccupies male-oriented cycling books, and steers a course to a trouble-free world of female cycling - heels and all.
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