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1. The Bicycling Guide to Complete
2. Bicycling Science, 3rd Edition
3. Bicycling The Pacific Coast
4. Bicycling Magazine's New Cyclist
5. Bicycling for Women
6. Ride Your Way Lean: The Ultimate
7. Bicycling Medicine: Cycling Nutrition,
8. Bicycling for Dummies
9. Bicycling the Blue Ridge, 4th:
10. The Noblest Invention: An Illustrated
11. The Bicycling Book: Transportation,
12. One Less Car: Bicycling and the
13. Bicycling in Florida, 2nd ed.
14. Touring the Islands: Bicycling
15. Bicycling Magazine's 1000 All-Time
16. Off the Map: Bicycling Across
17. The Complete Book of Long-Distance
18. Bicycling the Atlantic Coast:
19. Bicycling New Hampshire's Seacoast
20. Sloane's Complete Book of Bicycling:

1. The Bicycling Guide to Complete Bicycle Maintenance & Repair: For Road & Mountain Bikes (Bicycling Guide to Complete Bicycle Maintenance & Repair for Road & Mountain Bikes)
by Todd Downs
Paperback: 416 Pages (2010-09-28)
list price: US$23.99 -- used & new: US$12.81
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Asin: 160529487X
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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The fully revised and updated sixth edition of the best-selling guide to bike maintenance from the world’s leading authority on cycling

Whether they own the latest model or a classic with thousands of miles on it, beginner and experienced cyclists alike need a guide that will help them get their bikes out of the shop faster and keep them on the road longer. For more than 20 years, The Bicycling Guide to Bike Maintenance & Repair has done just that.

With troubleshooting sections to quickly identify and correct common problems, 450 photographs and 40 drawings to clarify all the step-by-step directions so even the complete neophyte can get repairs right the first time, and Web sites and phone numbers of bicycle and parts manufacturers, this is truly the ultimate bicycle repair and maintenance manual. Now better than ever, the newest edition contains the latest information on component kits and carbon fork specifications.

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Customer Reviews (93)

1-0 out of 5 stars very disappointing, a waste of money
I decided to buy this book after reading the good reviews, I was looking for a fairly basic book to help me with bicycle maintenance and some easy repairs or adjustments, like how to adjust a rear derailleur, etc. I am very disappointed, the book is filled with technical language, there are a series of photos with little or no legend, which makes it very difficult or impossible to understand and follow the instructions, annotated graphics would have helped a lot instead.
if you are a professional and familiar with bike repair, then this book probably makes sense, but then, do you really need this book?
otherwise if you are like me, with very limited technical knowledge,you are better off with something more basic and/or better explained with helpful graphics.

5-0 out of 5 stars Terrific Bike Repair Book
This is an excellent bike maintenance and repair manual for a mountain bike neophyte like myself.Also tells a bit of bicycle history as background for where we are today with bike technology.A great buy for it's cost.

1-0 out of 5 stars Book is garbage
This book is a joke.If you plan on repairing your bike this is NOT the book to use.Book is very vague and not to the point.Very general when explaining repairs.Pictures are terrible and black and white.Do yourselves a favor do not waste your time.

5-0 out of 5 stars not bad
Been a pleasure to own this one. Comprehensive. Glossary could be better. I find myself looking for something I knows in there but not listed in glossary. every cyclist ought have one imo.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good but sometimes not
So I've decided to overhaul my bicycle from every nut and bolt. I thought this manual would be the one and only guide to help me do so. I was a bit wrong. So far I've spent half my time perusing this book for information and then the other half online looking for stuff that it's missing. Thank god for the internet.
For example, I want to know what size tire I can put on my 26 inch rims. You think the book would explain this somewhere since you can have various different tire widths on one rim, but it doesn't. Another example: this book did not have the right method of how to change my bottom bracket. Answer was found online again. I might excuse this to the fact that bike makers can't seem to agree on a common system, and this book might be trying to explain how to repair all bike systems when that is difficult. I guess it would be analagous to having one automobile shop manual for all the cars in the world. (Ok, I'll change this review to a 3 star. I had it at 2).
Lastly I wanted to paint my bike frame. It had a whole paragraph on this (this is like a 380 page book), and said "take it to a professional". You'd think they put a bit more info than that, right? And this is supposed to be a home shop manual. Should I take my tune up to a professional?
But another drawback is that the explanations can get very confusing. I wouldn't say that the explanations are excellent and easy to follow. Example: there was a series of steps to change something (I forgot what it was but trust me this was in the book somewhere), in step 3 it said "Now do this.... etc". Then in step 4 it said "But before you do step 3 you're going to have to....". What? er, shouldn't step 4 be step 3? It does that in a few pages.
Also, this book does not give you too much theory on improving your bike. I was looking for that, and, agreed, this is not a book about that, but I was mistaken in thinking that it would give me info on that. Seemed like such a big book. ... Read more

2. Bicycling Science, 3rd Edition
by David Gordon Wilson
Paperback: 485 Pages (2004-04-01)
list price: US$26.95 -- used & new: US$16.49
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Asin: 0262731541
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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The bicycle is almost unique among human-powered machines in that it uses human muscles in a near-optimum way. This new edition of the bible of bicycle builders and bicyclists provides just about everything you could want to know about the history of bicycles, how human beings propel them, what makes them go faster, and what keeps them from going even faster. The scientific and engineering information is of interest not only to designers and builders of bicycles and other human-powered vehicles but also to competitive cyclists, bicycle commuters, and recreational cyclists.The third edition begins with a brief history of bicycles and bicycling that demolishes many widespread myths. This edition includes information on recent experiments and achievements in human-powered transportation, including the "ultimate human- powered vehicle," in which a supine rider in a streamlined enclosure steers by looking at a television screen connected to a small camera in the nose, reaching speeds of around 80 miles per hour. It contains completely new chapters on aerodynamics, unusual human-powered machines for use on land and in water and air, human physiology, and the future of bicycling. This edition also provides updated information on rolling drag, transmission of power from rider to wheels, braking, heat management, steering and stability, power and speed, and materials. It contains many new illustrations. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (27)

4-0 out of 5 stars Engineers Delight
As a cyclist and an engineer I really enjoyed reading this book.It is very technical and interesting to read.Really nerds it up, and I loved it.

5-0 out of 5 stars They've already tried it
I found Bicycling Science to answer every question I'd ever had while pedalling along wondering if I could be more efficient with this modification or that modification.It's one of those standard texts that if there were a course on cycling, this would be required reading.Covering subjects from wheels to warping you have to have this on your shelf if you're a serious cyclist.It is time to provide an updated version however as carbon construction is hardly touched on. Instead of spending thousands on components, save yourself the money and read what works to gain you speed and reduces your drag.

5-0 out of 5 stars Science of bicycle design
Way more information than a casual reader needs, but chock full of engineering and design information for a bike builder. Also a good reference to refer to for evaluating performance and design claims by bike retailers. Before you plonk down $2000 for that special road bike, check the stats against this book. Oddly, steel frame bikes are pretty darn good when designed and built right. Do you need carbon fiber? Hmm.

4-0 out of 5 stars Bike Nerd Heaven
As Miss Jean Brodie said, "For those who like that sort of thing, that is the sort of thing they like." She meant it as an insult, but I don't. Bicycling Science is nerd heaven, full of physics, engineering, molecular biology, aerodynamics and all kinds of other scientific manna. If you have an appetite for charts, graphs, and research studies, then this book will delight you with its explanations of why bikes work so well with the human body.

It's not casual reading by any means. I'd prefer the same information presented in slightly less academic tones, but that doesn't mean it isn't accurate or interesting. So I dip into my copy for short bursts. For me, it's not a cover-to-cover read, but it's been on my bedside table for months because I pick it up regularly.

Bicycling Science may well be more technical info than a casual fan can absorb. However, it's a great reference that will demystify your bike -- if that's the sort of thing you like.

3-0 out of 5 stars between a "read it" book and a "reference book" and not very good as either
While I recommend it, I don't recommend you expect a real engineering reference or good reading cover-to-cover. It is somewhere in between and as such is not very good as either.

The charts and plots are good so if you only want it for that it's a great compilation of other sources and references. The history of the bicycle and the HPV chapters are very interesting. The book is one of a very few like it so "one of the best" is not that great of a compliment.

It is layed out and presented as an engineering reference type book on a specific topic (something like a Mark's for bikes) but it's nowhere near as consistent, rigorous, or detailed. A better description would be "musings on bicycle design and science" by someone who is genuinely very knowledgeable on the topic.

My biggest problem is with the narrative. It has way too many opinions. Many are simply some ideas the author has about a particular design or test (there's no data in this area but one way to get some would be this...). It also has way too much anecdotal evidence which is (thankfully) usually presented as such. And worst of all there are many opinions that are generally made to sound like facts through casual use of expressions such as "future testing should..." "it is recommended" "conventional design practices" "according to some" and so on.

To sum up if you are an engineer looking for an engineering reference you'll be disappointed. If you are a lay bike geek you'll probably find it too technical. ... Read more

3. Bicycling The Pacific Coast
by Vicky Spring, Tom Kirkendall
Paperback: 274 Pages (2005-10-01)
list price: US$17.95 -- used & new: US$11.03
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Asin: 0898869544
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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More than a meticulously detailed route, this is an adventure highlighting what to see and explore along the way.

*Bike the coast in one trip or four separate adventures *Road directions, points of interest, and available restrooms and provisions all built into daily mileage logs *Elevation profiles and new Table of Essentials overview for each day's ride *More than 50,000 copies sold in previous editions

From Vancouver, B.C. to the Mexican border, Tom Kirkendall and Vicky Spring guide you turn by turn along the length of Pacific Coast Bicycle Route-all 1816.5 miles. These forty-two suggested daily itineraries (averaging 53 miles each) begin and end at campsites.

Everything you need to know about each day's ride is included: from tunnel- riding strategies to where to buy a new derailer, from one-of-a-kind museums along the way to side trips to lonely lighthouses and towering sand dunes. New to this edition is a quick-glance Table of Essentials for each daily itinerary, listing availability of bike shops, beach access, hiking trails, youth hostels, and activities. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Radoskier
This is the most comprehensive guide to cycling the coast. It has all the information you want and need to make this trip a reality in a very organized format that is easy to follow. Highly Recommended!

5-0 out of 5 stars great book -
so - I bought the maps first ($35, yuck) and then still didn't feel very confident, so I purchased this book. I'm so happy I did.It pretty much spells it out.Trip starts in a week, I feel ready!

5-0 out of 5 stars The best.
Several times revised, this is the authoritative guide to cycling the Pacific coast. I used it last yr, and it was very valuable. I lost my copy and bought another, as I plan to pick up where I left off in a few weeks.

2-0 out of 5 stars Book is fine, but with real limitations
I had a previous (1990, 2nd ed.) version of this book, and just bought the latest 2005 edition.I'd hoped for more updating, but the book hasn't changed much, and retains all the same limitations.The book is an okay reference, but there are better, more helpful ones out there.Planning my trip from Crescent City to San Francisco, I'm relying more on my Krebs CA North Coast Bicycle Touring maps, Google maps and [...], and a copy of Tom Stienstra's California Camping (to find where to stay).

In "Bicycling the Pacific Coast", the route/ mileage logs are detailed, yet don't give much of a visual picture.The maps aren't much help--they have little detail, so correspond only very broadly with the mileage logs.The authors suggest AAA or other maps to supplement, but why not include the necessary information here?The highlighted path also tends to stick too often to major highways like 101 or 1, when a side or other rural road might be a better choice.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must-have
I just finished my trip this week, Olympia-Port Angeles-San Francisco... this book was out multiple times a day and absolutely invaluable. I referred to maps, but mostly to he mile-post info about campsite amenities and grocery stores. The info abot topography and elevation was very, very helpful. ... Read more

4. Bicycling Magazine's New Cyclist Handbook
by Ben Hewitt
Paperback: 128 Pages (2005-11-29)
list price: US$11.99 -- used & new: US$1.98
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Asin: 1594863008
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Proven wisdom and techniques to help new cyclists get on the road to better fitness and safe, skilled riding.

Now completely revised and updated with the latest advances in the sport, this comprehensive handbook will help any new cyclist ride with confidence and avoid common pitfalls. Learn how to choose the right bike, ride safely in traffic, treat and prevent injuries, train for a century, and perform basic maintenance. Packed with quick tips from the pros at Bicycling magazine, this volume provides everything the new cyclist needs to achieve optimum cycling performance.

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4-0 out of 5 stars a good review for old cyclists
I haven't been on a bike in thirty five years. Now I'm trying to get back on it. This book is an excellent source of information. I think it is great for new cyclists or us older riders who want to get back on the bike.

2-0 out of 5 stars Tries to Serve Too Broad an Audience
I purchased this book because I wanted to purchase a new bike, but am confused by all the new technology that today's bicycles have.People spend outragous prices for the simplest of parts.Which parts do I need and are worth the money?Which are not?What kind of a bike do I want for the riding I do?

The book has one section for me. Then it takes off on a wild ride including "training for a century."If you are a casual rider, then training for a century and the other stuff is of no interest to you.And if you are an avid enthusiast, you don't need to be told what a mountain bike is.

It just tries to serve too broad an audience.On the positive side, it is not expensive, and it may have the one or two tips that you are looking for that will make it well worth your money, such as appear in the section on solving common ailments.

I wish that someone would write a book for the person who is new to modern biking.I can't find one.The magazines are no help.They think a cheap bike is one under two thousand dollars!

5-0 out of 5 stars Good start and motivation
This is a good starting point. Covers in a simple way a wide variety of topics using simple language keeping you motivated.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to cycling.
This book is a good introduction to cycling. It will give good tips on how to set up your riding position, ride securely, differences between mountain biking and road biking, buying appropriate clothing, etc. I'm not a total newbie on MTB but i learned a lot with this book.
I gave 5 stars to this book because as the title says, this is a book for the new cyclist, so if you are a more advanced rider, you can still find it useful but you should look out to something more specific.

5-0 out of 5 stars A good book to have
Nobody knows everything.Every now and then even the most well versed cyclist has some questions.Put those people to the beginners who need to know everything and the sooner the better and you've got the group who will benefit from this book.

The research that was done to put it together seems excellent.There isn't anything that seems to be left to chance.Of course there could be a little loss when the person isn't aware of a proper name for a part or technique but that will come.

I recommend this book to any cyclist. ... Read more

5. Bicycling for Women
by Gale Bernhardt
Paperback: 304 Pages (2008-11-01)
list price: US$18.95 -- used & new: US$8.99
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Asin: 1934030287
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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From bone structure to physiology to aging patterns, women are different from men, yet most serious cycling books fail to take into account the particular concerns of female athletes. In Bicycling for Women, cycling authority Gale Bernhardt discusses all things female for beginning and intermediate cyclists.

Comprehensive and scientific, Bernhardt's presentation is up-to-date, smart, and easily understood. She addresses basic questions on bike fit, equipment, and training before moving on to the additional issues specific to women, such as cycling and pregnancy, injury prevention for women, nutrition and diet plans for the female athlete, and tips for making cycling more comfortable.

Encouraging for newcomers and invigorating for experienced athletes with new goals, Bicycling for Women is an indispensable resource for women who enjoy fitness and love to ride.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Training Guide For Female Cyclists
Before buying this book, I bought and read many books/magazines about bicycling since last year. I already bought Every Woman's Guide to Cycling last April. When this book came out last Nov., I wonder whether I would need another cycling book for women. This year I became more serious in cycling and started to look into cycling training books, I checked this again. When I read this part in chapter 1:

"Despite studies proving the contrary, the misconception that women are proportionately different from men endures. But in fact, while we are all individuals and have individual dimensions, in the critical dimensions for cycling, the difference between the average U.S. male and female is surprising small."

I then decided to buy this book. The author really knows something, rather than repeating what is being told (incorrectly). Of course, I was also interested in what kinds of training plans she would provide for female cyclists.

Now I have received the book, and I am quite happy with my purchase. As clearly stated in "Preface", the training programs can be applied for not just women but men (Ms. Bernhardt also coaches male athletes), but the book also highlights the anatomical and physiological differences between women and men that would affect the aspects of cycling training. This part is only slightly covered in Joe Friel's The Cyclist's Training Bible (also bought along with this book).

That doesn't mean this book can replace Joe Friel's The Cyclist's Training Bible, nor does Ms. Bernhardt want to. Instead of feeding you the training theory to make your own training plan, Ms. Bernhardt designs five training plans, from a 12-week plan for a century ride to a 6-month plan to improve hill climbing, which can bridge the gap between the recreation cycling to cycling racing.

As for comparing with Selene Yeager's Every Woman's Guide to Cycling, which was an enjoyable read for me last year, two books have different focuses. Yeager's is a great guide for a novice or one in the intermediate level and it does cover various topics, e.g. choosing bikes, accessories and a little bit on riding skills and bike maintenance (not much though). These (above mentioned) topics are not in Bernhardt's book (only the bike accessories related to bike fit are mentioned). Instead Bernhardt's book targets at female cyclists who have been riding for a while and really look into riding faster and longer.

In short this is an excellent training guide for female cyclists. Highly recommended.

4-0 out of 5 stars fast delivery; some content too difficult to understand
This is a good book for a novice rider like myself; however, some of the content is difficult to understand; like bike size. I would understand if it was written for a layman.

5-0 out of 5 stars Helpful info inside
Even though I have years of riding under my belt, I found this book to be useful. The beginning chapter or two is written for the novice rider. Overall, this book is beneficial as it contains exercises, training plans, and nutritional information that can be used no matter what level of rider you are. Included is a good explanation of the physiology of the body and the effects riding has on the body. Even though this book has chapters designed explicitly for women, I have a few male friends who have looked at this book for some helpful hints and guidelines to take their riding up a notch.
A good read for anyone interested in improving their riding, and/or changing the pace of their current routine.
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6. Ride Your Way Lean: The Ultimate Plan for Burning Fat and Getting Fit on a Bike
by Selene Yeager, Bicycling Magazine Editors
Paperback: 224 Pages (2010-08-17)
list price: US$19.99 -- used & new: US$10.67
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Asin: 1605294063
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Bicycling’s resident Fit Chick delivers a weight-loss plan designed to help readers lose 30, 50, or even 100 pounds by riding a bike and eating sensibly

Forget gym memberships and running shoes. The best way to lose weight is on a bike. In Ride Your Way Lean, Bicycling magazine columnist Selene Yeager provides readers with a comprehensive cycling plan that allows them to shed fat, streamline their bodies, and hone their skills on a bike. Cycling is gentle on the joints, easy to do with friends and family, and burns literally thousands of calories without being a bore or cause for suffering.
A weight-loss program for people who want to drop pounds of fat while learning a new sport, this book offers training plans that turbocharge metabolism along with complementary nutritional advice. Each chapter is seasoned with anecdotal tips, success stories, pitfalls, and other advice from real people who have ridden themselves lean.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Great for beginning rider
Read through the book and doing some of the plans currently.Thought the book was great for beginning rider to get you a good foundation of riding miles.This is my 1st year riding and while I come from a running background some of the training does differ slightly.I wouldn't recommend it for an experienced cyclist.Probably too basic for that group.

My only drawback is that some of the weekend workouts may be unrealistic for some unless you have an indoor trainer (I just got one since I love to ride).I would think most with a family could get out on Saturday OR Sunday for a 2+ hour ride but most likely not another 1.5 hour ride on the other day.

You will also want to make sure you get a heart rate monitor too.Since most of us can't afford a power meter (preferred way of cyclist training) heart rate monitor is the next best thing that you can get for under $100.It will make sure you stay in the proper zone so you get enough rest on your easy rides and work out hard enough on your harder rides.

If you're a beginning rider and want to get into better shape then I would definitely recommend this book.Once I complete the plans in this book my plan is then go up to The Time-Crunched Cyclist by Chris Carmichael for more serious workouts with my compressed time.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book
I really enjoy this book, I like the way the author writes, easy rad good information. If you're going to start riding great book to have.

5-0 out of 5 stars 8 difficult pounds off in 5 weeks
This book was advertised in Bicycling Magazine in which 5 weeks of one of the plans was displayed. I started following the interval plan and came to the end of the 5 weeks and had lost 8 lbs. I had just finished a long season of training for a couple centuries and had gotten in good shape but had not lost the weight I wanted to.A friend during the season told me I should try doing a couple intervals in my training and I said, "No way they suck". Well now I believe that is really the only way to get those stuborn pounds off. The book has several plans. One of the plans is for those who want to drop pants sizes, another is for that stuborn tire around the waste, etc. I personally would like to see these people write a book about how to take off weight while training for a century. I am sure the plan would be different and less days during the week for intervals. But I was done with my season and doing 4 days of intervals a week worked just fine for me.Each of the day plans are different from the next which makes it interesting and then the weeks get more difficult as you progress.A couple of my friends and myself tried to make it more fun by doing it together and giving new names to the different types of intervals. By the time I got the book from Amazon I had gotten down to the weight I wanted and followed it not as astringently and didn't lose any more weight but could climb up those hills a lot easier and keep up with the guys a lot better. I read the whole book and I will start back up I am sure in the spring to take off that winter tire before training.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fast Delivery! Great Condition
This book was delivered to me in a timely manner and was in great condition!

4-0 out of 5 stars new biker
This book has a common sense approach as to how to use bicycling as a weight loss tool that is both comprehensive and effective for the long term. I am using it now and have lost about forty pounds. ... Read more

7. Bicycling Medicine: Cycling Nutrition, Physiology, Injury Prevention and Treatment For Riders of All Levels
by Arnie Baker
Paperback: 336 Pages (1998-09-29)
list price: US$16.99 -- used & new: US$4.98
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Asin: 0684844435
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Whether you're a novice rider or a championship racer, Bicycling Medicine shows you how to prevent and treat all kinds of bicycling-related aches and pains. Coach Arnie Baker, M.D., explains how to diagnose minor and major problems, offers do-it-yourself solutions, and alerts you to conditions that require a doctor's attention. A special section on bicycling physiology illuminates the demands cycling puts on your body, and thorough discussions of diet, exercise, and nutrition reveal the best ways to keep your performance at its peak. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars A little out dated
It is a good book and helpful but you have to keep in mind it was writen about the time the first power meter came out so it has been a while. There are newer books with more up todate information. I'll keep it on my book shelf but won't use it much.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Great book!
May not be the best in the field, but it covers all the bases. Provides great insight from the author and is a good foundation for expanding in the sports medicine field!

4-0 out of 5 stars enthusiast123
A nice book.Easy to read and well-laid out.Not much to say about impotency controversy but virtually every basic cyling issue is otherwise covered.It helped me figure out my knee pain which I appreciated!

2-0 out of 5 stars Outdated Bicycling Medicine
The author makes statements that are no longer valid, current, or that are flatly inaccurate.One diagram stated that muscles attach to bones by a ligament. This is not true.Muscles originate and insert into bones via a tendon, with some tendons longer or shorter than others, and with muscle/tendon transitions having different anatomies.This is important in understanding injuries and how to treat them.Arnie also opens up the topic of nutrition with the USDA Food Pyramid, another problematic scheme, since we now know that a high percentage carbs diet of breads, cereals and pastas is a source of stripped-down carbs, not good quality carbs.The medical advice for treatment of painful conditions is outdated.NSAID medicines are now known to have deleterious effects on our bodies.Current research suggests that NSAIDS interfere with the healing of tendons.And, especially for neck and back pain, chiropractic should be the first choice, since it has been demonstrated in several studies over the years to be safe and effective.Lance Armstrong couldn't have performed well without his chiropractor...
The author seemed to have a boiler-plate approach to presenting information.Hopefully his next edition will be more current and clinically accurate.

5-0 out of 5 stars A No-Nonsense Approach
Anyone who rides can benefit from the great information and tips found in this book.You'll also learn about common bicycling injuries. ... Read more

8. Bicycling for Dummies
by Allen St. John
Paperback: 331 Pages (1999-04)
list price: US$19.99 -- used & new: US$52.99
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Asin: 0764551493
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Hop on the saddle and let Bicycling For Dummies take you on a wild ride. Face it: Bicycling isn't what it used to be in the old days when you had only a few models to choose from. Now there are hybrids, comfort bikes, city bikes, mountain bikes, suspension bikes, touring bikes, and more. And with each type of bike, there are new ways to ride them, which is why you need to consult Bicycling For Dummies. Whether you're a casual rider or a seasoned cyclist, this book shows you how to buy the right bike, how to ride it properly and safely, and how to start having more fun on the street or the trail.More than just a buyer's guide, this book can help you get the most out of your new (or old) bike. You can find out how to gear up with the latest helmets, clothing, locks, and other accessories, and also how to avoid common biking mishaps with tips and techniques for riding efficiently and safely. Included, also, is a step-by-step primer -- complete with illustrations -- to the most common repairs, from simple jobs (like fixing flat tires and squeaky brakes) to more-complicated repairs (like fixing a bent rear derailleur). So whether your goal is to bike to get in shape or to simply have fun, Bicycling For Dummies is your complete guide to the wonderful world of bike riding.

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5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT For Repairs
I bought this book to help me with adjusting my rear derailler. I found the text plus the photos extremely helpful. I was able to adjust the derailer so that the chain stayed on the gears and shifted as they should. This is remarkable since I started with zero knowledge--a true DUMMIE. I would recommend this book to everyone.

1-0 out of 5 stars Bicyling For Dummies
I found this book to be completely useless for the novice. Not one word about frame sizing in inches (as most bikes on the net are listed). It is for the far more advanced rider than a "dummy". Save your money. I got more help from the web about sizing. This book is only for the very advanced rider.

5-0 out of 5 stars Entertaining AND educational!
This book is a very good tool for those who are thinking of buying a bike, either for pleasure or for serious exercise.It covers everything from how to find a bike that fits you, to what accessories you really need, to how to plan an exercise program once you get the bike, to how to repair it yourself.And not only is it a good resource, but it's also a pleasure to read!Allen St. John is a funny writer who really enjoys his subject, making the book easy to read and very entertaining- it makes you want to go out and buy a bike the very second you start reading it!

5-0 out of 5 stars A GREAT PLACE TO GET STARTED
This book has to be the best general guide for cycling.It takes you through all the steps of how to buy the bike that suits you, what accessories to get and what not to waste money on.It also explains how to setup your bike properly before you take your first ride.All in an easy to understand everyday English.I would recommend only to beginners, but veterans may find some useful information as well.

5-0 out of 5 stars best overview I've seen!
This is the best book I've seen on bicycling.From describing all the different parts and components to accessories to fitting a bike to repairing and fixing basic problems, this book does it all.Covers manyaspects of bicycling.Highly, highly recommended! If you are buyingyour first book on bicycling or if your just want to know more, this is thebook for you! ... Read more

9. Bicycling the Blue Ridge, 4th: A Guide to the Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway
by Elizabeth Skinner, Charlie Skinner
Paperback: 176 Pages (2004-05-10)
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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For racers, long-distance touring cyclists, and recreational cyclists, Bicycling the Blue Ridge gives mile-by-mile descriptions to plan the perfect trip along the Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great book!
This book is exactly what I wanted: a great resource for planning my upcoming bike tour on the BRP.It has maps, elevation profiles and all sorts of details that have made planning so much easier than it would be otherwise.Highly recommended!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent starting point resource
Just back from a ride from Front Royal to Blowing Rock on Skyline Drive and The Blue Ridge Parkway.Used this book as my primary guide book/resource for the almost 475 mile journey.For the most part the book was spot on locating supplies and campgrounds along the way.The Fourth Edition is dated 2009, so bewared that there are a few minor changes (closed lodges and eateries) along the way.The authors are careful to avoid writing much about setting exceptions on travel distances per day and the difficulty of varies sections of road.I suggest that people planning trips consult other resources (i.e. travel blogs) when calculating on trip itinerary.
During the trip I ended up ripping the pages of the book associated with that day's route.If the authors are reading these reviews, one suggestion: copy the route profile maps to the end of the book where they can be easily removed on riding days.

4-0 out of 5 stars must have for biking the blue ridge
Used this book to navigate a 2 day trip on the blue ridge.This book does a very good job of detailing the parkway from the bikers point of view.My wife and I found it to have a lot of useful information.The only thing I did not like about the book was that it was written starting in VA and traveling south.My wife and I traveled north so it make for a lot of flipping back trying to navigate in the opposite direction.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great guide to a great cycling road
This book is a must-buy if you are planning on riding on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Even if you live nearby and just want to do a day-trip, the elevation profiles, route description, and list of amenities and sights along the road are helpful for picking a section.

If you're a road cyclist in VA, NC, or the DC area, but not planning on riding the parkway, you should plan on riding the parkway. It is one of the most rewarding and memorable rides you will ever take.

5-0 out of 5 stars Bicycling the Blue Ridge 4th edition
This book is a must-read for anyone planning to bicycle on the Blue Ridge Parkway.It is very well written with loads of important information. ... Read more

10. The Noblest Invention: An Illustrated History of the Bicycle
by Editors of Bicycling Magazine
Hardcover: 320 Pages (2003-11-15)
list price: US$27.95 -- used & new: US$13.43
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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In The Noblest Invention, the editors of Bicycling magazine have put together a unique history of the bicycle that illustrates, through essays and breathtaking color photographs, why this simple machine has captured the imagination of people of all ages. Although today we often associate the bicycle with ever-more sophisticated technical gear for sport and recreation, here is a chronicle of its invention from its first appearance as a primitive wooden Laufsmachine to its evolution into a lightweight, elegant racing machine. The bicycle is the simplest major machine that we regularly use, yet it's still undergoing constant technical refinement. The Noblest Invention celebrates the unique interaction between man and machine that the bicycle represents. The handsome book chronicles the full range of the bicycle's history, from its practical applications to the lure of the Tour de France and the joy of just getting out on the open road. The Noblest Invention is the definitive book by the most respected name in bicycling publishing. THE ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars cycling books
I recently bought this book to add to my collection of cycling lit.
The book has a vast array of cycling informationthat is a pleasure to read.
I would recoment this book to anyone.
My book was a second hand book from a library. the book was covered in a protective film which too me a while to remove but the book inside was in perfect condition.

4-0 out of 5 stars book condition
The book was actually a gift and I am not a biker therefore I can not review the content of the book.The jacket cover for the book was not the best but I did not want to deal with returning the book and asking for a replacement.

4-0 out of 5 stars Bicycling books
If you are interested at all in the history of bicycling, you will enjoy this book.It is well written, not really surprising considering its source.It would make a good gift for anyone you know who rides a bicycle.

3-0 out of 5 stars Pictures, History, Information...
Well, a dining-alcove book anyhow. History, racing. I liked the technical tidbits on how the bicycle became perfected. Why those tippy early models with the huge front wheel you perched atop? Because no chain drive yet, no ball bearings (the atoms of the machine age, replacing fraying bushings), and before the pneumatic tire the larger the wheel the softer the ride. Oh, and angled spokes helped too. The pedal replaced the back-and-forth treadle, which increased speed many-fold. Who knew? And suspension springs aren't just for comfort, they enormously aid off-roading. Now I know. The other reviews here tell more. Praise the bicycle, which in my opinion ranks with microwave ovens, duct tape, and word-processors as the noblest inventions...

5-0 out of 5 stars This Book Has Soul
If you are looking for an encyclopedic history of cycling, this may not be your book.However, this book is lavish with wonderful photos and illustrations depicting everything from folks riding ancient high-wheelers to kids bombing around on Schwinn Sting Rays to whacked-out dudes on high tech dirt bikes. Great for flipping through on a lazy afternoon.

The text is weighted somewhat toward the racing crowd, and I do agree with the reviewer who said there's not enough about touring (or, in my opinion, commuting, which is the major use of the bicycle worldwide).However, I can't help but smile when I see images of Albert Einstein on a bike or look at the "streamlined" Aerocycle built for the 1933-34 World's Fair.It looked like a motorcycle--and probably weighed as much as one too.

"A bicycle is the long-sought-after means of transportation for all of us who have runaway hearts,"writes Lance Armstrong in the first line of the book's Forward.If that line strikes a chord with you, if you're idea of a perfect afternoon is gliding silently across a green, glowing landscape on two wheels, if you've ever viewed a bicycle as a friend (or therapist), then have a look at the Noblest Invention. ... Read more

11. The Bicycling Book: Transportation, Recreation, Sport
Paperback: 280 Pages (1982-01)
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12. One Less Car: Bicycling and the Politics of Automobility (Sporting)
by Zack Furness
Paperback: 344 Pages (2010-03-28)
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Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Although millions of people in the United States love to ride bicycles for exercise or leisure, statistics show that only 1 per cent of the total U.S. population ride bicycles for transportation - and barely half as many use bikes to commute to work. In his original and exciting book, "One Less Car", Zack Furness examines what it means historically, culturally, socioeconomically, and politically to be a bicycle transportation advocate/activist. Presenting an underground subculture of bike enthusiasts who aggressively resist car culture, Furness maps out the cultural trajectories between mobility, technology, urban space and everyday life. He connects bicycling to radical politics, public demonstrations, alternative media production (e.g., 'zines), as well as to the development of community programs throughout the world. "One Less Car" also positions the bicycle as an object with which to analyze and critique some of the dominant cultural and political formations in the U.S. - and even breaks down barriers of race, class and gender privilege that are interconnected to mobility. For Furness, bicycling can be a form of liberation and a way to support social and environmental justice. So, he asks, why aren't more Americans adopting them for their transportation needs? (edited by author) ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars One More Person Th
I am neither an avid cycler nor a bike advocate, but this book changed my life. The arguments that Furness makes about automobility are far more important than any differences between those in the cycling community. Furness' history is both well-written and rather riveting. I had often wondered about the derivation of Jay-walking, for instance, and discovered it in a delightful anecdote in Furness' book. Furness' grasp of history and politics is what makes this book readable and interesting to me. I would not pick up a cycling manual if it simply detailed the history of the bicycle. It is precisely that Furness is able to link cycling to larger movements in culture and politics that makes the book so fascinating.(I was fascinated to learn about the White Bike movement in Amsterdam and the way it lead to cycle sharing programs such as ones in D.C.) The previous reviewer found Furness' discussions of Situationism tedious perhaps because of his own political bias. Having read the book, I found his review unfounded and unflattering to its (the review's) author.

It is rare to find a book that will engage with the philosophical meaning of anything-- much less transportation. Furness' point that the cycle is the true 'auto-mobile' is well-taken in an age when we can't avoid how many other aspects are required to make an automobile move. As it turned out, my car was totaled as I was reading this book. I still do not own a bike, but decided-- only partly on the basis of the book, of course-- to do without a car.

If you are a cyclist, you'll find much to inspire you. Even if you aren't, you'll find a great deal to reflect upon about the meaning and culture of transportation in America. And if you are open to it, One Less Car, might change your life as well. It was a happy accident that One Less Car led, in my case, to literally One Less Car, but it also lead to one more person thinking critically-- and ejoyably-- about transportation.

2-0 out of 5 stars Doctrinaire and biased - this is more manifesto than history.
As a committed cycling advocate, I devour pretty much anything that covers the hobby. So I picked this book up hoping for an evenhanded treatment of all things to do with bicycling politics and culture.

Author Zack Furness first takes us on an historical tour which tends to get bogged down quite a bit when he often takes us, tangentially, into French situationist politics and Debordian Marxism. While it's not dreadfully hard-going, it's not exactly page-turning stuff either. The problem is, the author seems very taken by the movements of the 1960s and when he tries to bridge the gap to make it relevant to cycling, it just seems a bit forced. Also, the more the book turns to politics, the more the author's own politics gets in the way. I don't mind an author having a point of view, but when it clouds the issues, that's a problem.

And this is the biggest problem I have with the book: when the author comes to deal with the cycling politics of the 1970s and later, he loses it big time. He pretty much gives 'Critical Mass' a free ride (no pun intended), painting them as free-spirit progressive anarchists and blithely ignoring the criticisms that many have regarding their activities. This same radically uncritical attitude is applied to bike paths - the author has his pro-bike path script and he's sticking to it with the fervour of a committed ideologue. But when it comes to Vehicular Cycling, he goes into full-fledged foaming-at-the-mouth attack dog mode. Now Vehicular Cycling (or VC) has its detractors, but in the end it is simply a method of operating a bicycle that is intended to keep cyclists both safe and legal. While some of its advocates have a slash and burn strategy in terms of how they interact with others (they are not the most easygoing bunch), I see no reason to get this riled up about it. Mr. Furness basically equates VC's advocates with the Ku Klux Klan, at one point calling VC 'racist' with little more argument than the fact that the League of American Wheelmen was once (a long long time before VC was ever adopted by the organization) a racist organization. He goes on to paint VC as a philosophy of middle-aged white elitist men. This is totally uncalled for and I basically stopped crediting the author as having anything serious to say at this point. Mr. Furness's apparent rage towards certain cyclist advocates prevents him from giving us any sort of evenhanded assessment of cycling politics during the last 40 years, which is a shame, since that is what the book is trying to be about.

While the book is not a complete loss (chapter 2 is not bad), I found the book mildly tedious, extremely doctrinaire, uneven and deeply politically biased. I urge prospective readers to avoid this one. ... Read more

13. Bicycling in Florida, 2nd ed.
by Tom Oswald
Paperback: 232 Pages (2007-10-30)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide to FL trails
This book provides great information on Florida trails, both on and off road.It adds in a fair bit of information that it's chief rival, "Florida's Paved Bike Trails" leaves out, like cross roads and alternate trail access points.Plus the latter only offers information on the paved trails.I checked out both of these books from my local library and ended up returning the latter and keeping this one for an extra two weeks.In the end, if it is a topic you are interested in they are both worth the read. I just felt this book had a little more information in it. ... Read more

14. Touring the Islands: Bicycling in the San Juan, Gulf, and Vancouver Islands
by Peter Powers
Paperback: 174 Pages (1988-07)
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Best little book to carry on your bike
This is fantastic little pocket carryall book for cycling San Juan, Gulf and Vancouver Islands. Small, 3-D maps, elevation gain, mileage. They just dont make them anymore,

I could not find it to buy in USA since they are out of print, so I checked out of Library. Now I have found it on-line... ... Read more

15. Bicycling Magazine's 1000 All-Time Best Tips (Revised): Top Riders Share Their Secrets to Maximize Fun, Safety, and Performance
by Ben Hewitt
Paperback: 144 Pages (2005-06-04)
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Asin: 1594860513
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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The most information-packed collection of advice on road and mountain biking has now been revised and updated for anyone seeking to become a better cyclist Jump-start your cycling savvy with this compilation of proven tips from the staffs of Bicycling and Mountain Bike magazines. Enjoy nuggets of wisdom from experts, in the full range of cycling subjects-from aerodynamics to zones for heart-rate training. Bursting with smart strategies to build your skill level, this is a book guaranteed to make you a more talented cyclist. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Keeps you motivated to ride
Some of the tips offered are likely to be discovered by anyone who has even a little experience cycling.Still, there are many that are very helpful, that would not be easily discovered on one's own.Some occasionally contradict others.All in all, it is a very useful book.The index is very complete and a great help in finding specific items in the future.

4-0 out of 5 stars Help ful book for the beginning cyclist
Although some of the "tips" given in this neat little book are very obvious to all, it is refreshing to see a book cover so many levels of the cyclist's evolution. There are, as I said, very obvious hints, but these are still good to read, and realize one isn't the only novice around who needs affirmation to these. There is something in this book to appeal to every type of cyclist, however, and the reader must decide which segments are going to be beneficial to him/her. I think everyone needs a "go to" book for basic instruction, and this one serves me very well. I think you will like it, too.

4-0 out of 5 stars Packed with Useful Information
Bicycle Magazine's Mr. Hewitt provides 636 tips (plus sub-tips and framed sections with extra tips, presumably totalling 1000) covering safety in traffic, riding positions, skill builders, training techniques, distance riding, mountain biking, racing, health and fitness, nutrition, equipment, and bike care.The tips are stated concisely and are mostly well-organized, although each chapter should have been divided into sections for greater clarity.The glossary and index are excellent.There is one demerit, however:there is a dearth of illustrations (only 9).If the book had contained more diagrams, I would have been compelled to give it a 5. Even better would be to make the book into a video or DVD course! ... Read more

16. Off the Map: Bicycling Across Siberia
by Mark Jenkins
Paperback: 256 Pages (2008-05-27)
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     With this brilliant account of his journey—at once edge-of-your-seat exciting and literary—Mark Jenkins established himself as the master of adventure/travel writing. In 1989 he and six companions—two Americans and four Russians—set out on an arduous, first-ever crossing of Siberia by bike, cycling across rutted dirt roads, swamps, the Ural Mountains, and through Moscow and Leningrad.
     This beautifully repackaged edition of Jenkins's travel classic vividly chronicles the highlights of this amazing voyage, including a month spent biking through an 800-mile swamp and the team's interactions with some fascinating characters—from the widow who makes Mark sleep in her dead son's bed to the Lithuanian searching for the concentration camp where his wife spent her childhood. Combining the exhilaration of record-setting adventure with thoughtful introspection, Jenkins's words allow readers to recognize the extraordinary in the day-to-day lives of ordinary Russians.
     USA Today called Off the Map "a literary epic." Newsweek declared "the ornery, observant Jenkins [is] good company on every page." And Robert Pirsig, author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, wrote: "Jenkins is a master of the fundamental writer's talent: an ability to see things in new ways, as no one has ever seen them before."


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5-0 out of 5 stars Captivating account
A captivating account by writer who use of the written word shows an in depth appreciation for the craft of writing even as he breaks the rules of grammar. This story is more than the sum of its parts. Reading it was an event to be savored.

4-0 out of 5 stars Travelouge and biking
A very interesting book about Russia, its vastness,its poverty,the friendliness of its people and about the very harsh conditions frequently encountered, sometimes for days on end by the author and his companions.
It certainly made me wonder why someone with a wife and three kids would take six months for the ride, but it certainly was a very interesting read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Bicycling Across Siberia
I had been looking for a copy of this particular book for quite some time and was told over and over again that it wasn't available anymore. I read it several years ago and lent it to someone (big mistake) to enjoy as well and it didn't find it's way back to me...alas.This book, I haven't had time to read it a second time yet, was a wonderful true life tale of an amazing adventure.It was both educational and very funny and I will keep it in my small library to read over and over again.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Travel Literature
I truly enjoyed this book. When I'm not reading fiction I like to read travel books. Obviously the subject matter was fascinating (to me, anyway) - a road bike trip across Siberia - much of which was essentially roadless; but this one was unique in a couple of ways.

First of all it was an unusual shape - the book. Tall narrow pages. Different. But more importantly it was well edited. This book could have been seven hundred pages but it was joyfully succinct. The author didn't feel the need to tell us everything that happened along his four or five month bike ride across Siberia; instead he focuses on certain interesting aspects of the trip and skips the rest. He follows Elmore Leonard's advice: "Leave out the parts people skip."

But the best part was the unique writing style. The author sticks to standard narrative style for the most part, but switches, at times, to interior monologue and even stream of consciousness - but just enough to remain interesting.

A fascinating work of travel literature - highly recommended.

1-0 out of 5 stars Arrogant
Like the other reviewer here who gave this book a one star I too give it the same. I also felt that he and his female companion were jerks for trying to outrun their escorts/police. She even says "F" You to the officer for telling her not to visit a village and for him telling her to..."stay on the road." Hey look it is THEIR country OK? He also attempts to wax eloquent while riding his bike with a young Russianwho pulled up beside him. He describes her breathing motions and how her budding bre$ts are protruding from her shirt. Geez...this guy IS a bore and I'm sure you too will feel the arrogant vibes of his words wafting from each page. Pass on this one. ... Read more

17. The Complete Book of Long-Distance Cycling: Build the Strength, Skills, and Confidence to Ride as Far as You Want
by Edmund R. Burke, Ed Pavelka
Paperback: 288 Pages (2000-10-06)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Ride Strong, Ride Long ... Whether Your Goal Is 30 Miles or3,000

From two of the country's top cycling experts the mostcomprehensive guide ever to achieving the strength, skills, andstrategies you need for long-distance riding. Whether you're trainingfor day rides, centuries, or cross-country trips, The Complete Bookof Long-Distance Cycling helps you choose the right equipment,train step-by-step, and map out your riding strategy so that you cango the distance.

Discover how to:
* Make the most of everyhour on your bike
* Build your mileage base efficiently
*Customize your training to suit your personality and physicalcapabilities
* Build extra training time into your hecticschedule
* Avoid injuries and the dangers of overtraining
*Achieve the mental edge you need to ride farther and faster
* Trainfor both road and off-road touring
* Choose cycling gear that goesand goes
* Eat for the long haul-- nutrtion before, during, andafter your rides

To help you achieve your riding goals, TheComplete Book of Long-Distance Cycling gives you complete,step-by-step training programs for riding a half-century, century,double century, and beyond. You'll also find strategies and techniquesfor special situations, such as riding in bed weather and riding atnight. Published by the world's leading authority on bicycling, thisinformative guide is a must-have for all cycling enthusiasts.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Very informative
I purchased this book to help me prepare for an around the world bicycle tour. It does a great job of breaking down the science of cycling. I particularly enjoyed the information it provided on bicycling ailments, and how to fix them. There is also a great section on nutrition, and training for long rides. If you are more than a recreational rider I would recommend this book. It really helps you make the most of your time on the bike.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book
Really great service, arrived prompt and as advertised.A must read for anyone preparing to do a long ride for the first time.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great resource for an overlooked genre
The bulk of the books on cycling out there are about racing, which is cool but not especially helpful for the mere mortals (like myself) who just want to improve distance. I bought this in preparation for the Seattle to Portland ride, and it's more than paid for itself in the benefits I've gotten from it.

The book is comprehensive in its coverage, and written specifically for the rider who is training to complete a century ride. It includes sections on nutrition, bike fit, training schedules, equipment, etc., all of which is relevant to the working cyclist. The advice it gave about neck soreness helped me get over a debilitating tendency I have to tense my shoulders, leaving my neck so tired after 40 miles that I can't lift my head. Now I'm riding >50 miles with no problems.

Includes sample training schedules for single and double centuries. Highly recommended.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good book and worth the read
I have read this book a couple of times and spot read it just to help me go to sleep at night. It is like so many other books and is a little out of date but still has good and useful information.


18. Bicycling the Atlantic Coast: A Complete Route Guide, Florida to Maine
by Donna Lynn Ikenberry, Donna I. Aitkenhead
Paperback: 255 Pages (1993-03)
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Asin: 0898863031
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Valuable help for anyone cycling along the U. S. East Coast
I found the author's guide information to be easy to understand and use.I have ridden some of the areas discussed and would have benefitted from the information in the guide.Definately recommend anyone planning to cycle along any portion this route use "Bicycling the Atlantic Coast" as one of their planning tools.

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4-0 out of 5 stars my take.....
this book was recommended to me via a newsgroup posting back in 1997, during my planning for an east coast solo tour. while the author's itinerary took her all the way to maine, mine started in naples, FL, and ended in washington, d.c.i found the book to be most useful in planning my route and campground locations.i followed up my reading of this book with the acquisition of road maps and a AAA campground guide for my route. in and of itself, the book was more enlightening than a detailed touring planning guide, but this was not the author's intent; rather, this book is more of a diary, and certainly helped give the flavor of a day-to-day tour.other books which went into detail regarding the logistics of a loaded tour were essential as well.i would recommend this book to the newcomer to loaded touring.

4-0 out of 5 stars bicycling the atlantic coast
Used this book for the DC to Boston stretch. Good information about campgrounds and sights to see along the way. Donna's route was good at keeping us off most of the main roads and taking us through the more scenicback roads, but sometimes it seemed we spent more time reading the map andlooking for street signs than bicycling. Good orientation information abouteach stretch. ... Read more

19. Bicycling New Hampshire's Seacoast
by Linda Chestney
Paperback: 160 Pages (2010-04-14)
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The shoreline of New Hampshire may be short--eighteen miles of ocean from Portsmouth to Seabrook--but it's long on scenery, history, and has some of the best bicycling in the state!

With more than 28 guided rides exploring New Hampshire's Seacoast, this book is an indispensable resource for riders of all skill levels who are eager to take advantage of everything the area has to offer. So grab your copy, climb on your bike, and take in expansive views of the Atlantic Ocean and sun on sandy beaches, or visit one of the Seacoast's many historic properties and scenic byways. Head farther inland to areas that may be lesser known, but are equally beautiful for cycling--such as peaceful, rolling Kensington; quaint Barrington; or the serene environment of Newmarket's Great Bay. Choose one of the rides that skirt into Maine and visit Nubble Lighthouse, or ride south into Massachusetts along the Merrimac River. Whether you pedal through an inland village or oceanfront town, you'll find the Seacoast region offers a perfect opportunity to enjoy New Hampshire at its best. ... Read more

20. Sloane's Complete Book of Bicycling: The Cyclist's Bible(25th Anniversary Edition)
by Eugene Sloane
Paperback: 432 Pages (1995-04-27)
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Asin: 0671870750
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars Historical Value
If you ride vintage steel, you'll find this very informative. If not, not. And yes, he's pompous. Buy it as cheaply as possible. (I own an earlier edition.)

1-0 out of 5 stars Out of date and overly opinionated.
This book deserves a star for containing some useful information, although it doesn't seem to be aimed at any particular audience (i.e. too technical for the casual rider, and too general for the expert).However, it is quite out of date and the many photos and illustrations are poorly reproduced.For all practical purposes, this book is completely useless.What annoyed me most about it, however, is the author's pompous and extraordinarily ignorant opinions about bicycle helmets and mandatory bicycle helmet laws.Sloane tells us that he is "as an expert witness on bicycle accidents" and that "had the bicyclist been wearing a helmet, many of the fatalities and serious head injuries in these accidents would not have occurred".How can this be, when study after study have shown that bicycle helmets have a statistically insignificant impact on injuries and are actually correlated with a slight increase in fatalities? [...]. In fact, in the US, an increase in bicycle helmet use is actually strongly correlated with an increase in head injuries [...].Sloane sinks lowest, however, when he suggest that the Bicycle Federation of Oregon opposes mandatory helmet laws simply because it means they will sell fewer bikes. (It should be noted that the only statistically proven effect of mandatory helmet laws is that they discourage bicycling, a fact which Sloane tells us doesn't bother him in the slightest: "if it's a choice between having to wear a helmet and riding a bicycle, my vote goes to the helmet law").In reality, it is Sloane who makes money promoting MHL's by working as an expert witness, likely against injured bicyclists (the idea being that injured bicyclists who were not wearing a helmet don't deserve to be compensated since it "was their fault" they were injured).Frederick Robertson commented that "there are three things in the world that deserve no mercy: hypocrisy, fraud, and tyranny."Eugene A. Sloane exhibits all 3 of these traits in his support for MHL's.He informs us that "that's what laws are for, to protect people despite themselves".Mr. Sloane, how about I worry about my personal safety, and you worry about yours; particularly when the data suggests that I know what I'm talking about and you don't?In particular, how about you keep your laws off my body?To the reader looking for books on bicycling, if you're looking for a great book of bicycling advice, try "The Art of Urban Cycling" by Robert Hurst.If you want to understand more about the science, try "Bicycling Science" by David Wilson, and if you're interested in the technicalities, there are a number of good books on bicycle repair.Sloane's book is a waste of a tree, and he's a despicable scoundrel for taking money to appear in court to argue against bicyclist's seeking compensation when they have been injured.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good book, but inevitably too general for some
I found this book to be very useful, don't get me wrong, but I found that it was a little bit too general. For instance, when I was curious about what a "fixed gear" (single speed, no freewheel) bicycle was, I found nothing, not one word, about this type of bicycle. This may be a little bit extreme of a case, since fixed gear bicycles seem to be a bit of a cult thing, but the book is definitely a general reference. A good start, but not the last book I'll buy on bicycles.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Starter Book
Gene Sloane has wrote some great repair books and all of his books are packed with history, practical advice, and personal andecdotes.
This book is a good all around introduction to cycling that will last you for several years.It is NOT the Last or Only book you will ever need (or want) on Cycling, but it is better than most.I have a collection of Gene's books and they are easily superior to Rob VanDerPlas's series (RVP tends to miss a few things in his books and can be too general in his coverage).Having copies of Gene's books over the years is like having a private library of the history of modern (1960s-2000s) bikes and the evolution of their design.
He also tends to include gearing tables, sizing recommendations, metrics to english conversion charts, etc.

5-0 out of 5 stars PURE BIKE PORN
This is the book that turned me from a casual commuter into a cycling NUTCASE.i've never looked back.In one book, sloan covers everything you need to know to buy a bike, fix a bike, tour on a bike, and race on a bike.Sloan's original book had the audacity to discuss brands and parts and who makes the best stuff any WHY.No other author at the time was willing to delve into these issues.He does it with so much ENTHUSIASM and INSIGHT that his love of the subject is INFECTIOUS.You should think of Eugene Sloane in the same terms as your favorite high school teachers.Sloan is from a suburb of Chicago, Illinois which is a BIKE MECCA because everywhere it's FLAT.One of the things that makes this a cyclist's cycling book is that in the illustrations he always depicts professional parts and also many of the most unusual parts of the 1970's and 1980's.The earlier editions had a racing bicycle on the front, and on the binding, switched to a touring bicycle on the back, if you happen to see it used.Very distinctive cover on those editions.


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