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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Cool Springs Press (May 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589236041
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589236042
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.4 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,008,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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THE BOOMER CHRONICLES
"There’s a new book I want you to know about: Bicycling: A Reintroduction (Quayside) by Karen Ruth. I just saw a copy of this beautifully designed and easy-to-use book. It’s made for people like us: baby boomers who want to rediscover the joys of biking. According to the author, about 60 million adults ride bikes, and interest in biking is growing rapidly worldwide, with sales up 10 percent to 25 percent over the past 10 years. The book covers everything from why you should ride, to selecting a bike, to repairing it. I highly recommend it."

WOMEN'S BICYCLES
"You haven’t ridden a bike since you were twelve. Now you want to rediscover the freedom of that two-wheeler. This book is an introduction for you–for adults who haven’t ridden in years or aren’t riding as much as they want to. Sure, you never forget how to ride a bike, but if you haven’t been in a bike shop in years, you will be overwhelmed by all the choices and all the sparkly new machines. How do all the brake designs compare? What sort of frame style is best for your intended riding? This book answers those questions. Also covered are some very basic bike repairs that every rider should master, along with numerous riding tips."



LIBRARY JOURNAL.COM
"Riding a bike may be, well, like riding a bike, but the materials and skills associated with biking (bicycle styles, safety gear, security, road rules, tools, supplies, etc.) can still pass you by. If this reintroduction to the phenomenon of bicycling reminds you of a keenly presented primer for children it's because this is an earnest sport. Certain aspects of biking can slip an amateur biker's mind. Yes, there's a nostalgic ring to the idea that there's no such thing as an obvious breakdown, but because certain aspects of cycling don't involve muscle memory we can forget which hand signals mean what, how to patch a tire, or even what to look for when buying a bike. This is an excellent overview, clearly presented with exceptional visual detail—a one-stop primer worth 100 Wikipedia searches—best for hobby cyclists and beginners, or, ahem, re-cyclists."

BEST SELF ATLANTA
"The thrill of riding your first bike is not easily forgotten, and the new book "Bicycling: A Reintroduction" aims to recapture that excitement. Whether you are interested in a leisurely bike ride through Piedmont Park or want to get into mountain biking, this book also gives you all the information you need on the right bike for you, appropriate clothing, helmets, maintenance and repair and more."

About the Author

Karen Ruth is a massage therapist, writer, and cyclist in Minneapolis. She has cycle toured (self-supported) across the US, in Canada, France, and Ireland. She rides a Terry Symmetry for fun and Civia Loring for commuting and errand running. A Motobecane mixte, pulled from the neighbor's trash, is waiting in the garage to be converted into a fixed gear ride. A Brompton folding bike is next on the list of purchases.

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It was A quick easy read with great pictures.
DarklyDreamingDexter
If you're a boomer or someone new to biking or if you haven't ridden in years or decades and want to give it a go again, this is a must-read book.
Susanna Hutcheson
The book is written so that you can read it from cover to cover, or use it to quickly reference something specific.
AJ

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Susanna Hutcheson TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 7, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is a really great book. It's full of wonderful, useful advice and lovely pictures. According to the author, about 60 million adults ride bikes, and interest in biking is growing rapidly worldwide, with sales up 10 percent to 25 percent over the past 10 years. The book covers everything from why you should ride, to selecting a bike, to repairing it.

I was very impressed with the attention to detail and yet the simplicity with which it was presented. For example, you will quickly learn the parts of the bike. You'll learn about different bikes and who and what they're best suited for. You'll learn how to get the right fit, how to select clothing, what you can expect to spend, what you can buy to make your adventure more fun. And that's just the beginning. You'll also learn about safety, including your personal safety.

You'll learn how to make simple repairs and adjustments yourself. The instructions are fully illustrated and explained.

If you're a boomer or someone new to biking or if you haven't ridden in years or decades and want to give it a go again, this is a must-read book. You'll want to refer to it often. You'll discover tips and information you'll likely not find elsewhere.

And be advised, bikes have greatly changed in the last ten to twenty years! And there's a multitude of them from which to choose. That's one more reason you need this book.

Highly recommended.

-- Susanna K. Hutcheson
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By AJ on October 22, 2011
Format: Paperback
I LOVE this book! I feel like it was written for me--a middle-aged mom who loves to bike but feels insecure on the trails with all the hardcore folks. My biking experience has mostly been on mountain trails, but after moving to the city and doing more road biking, I realized there is a whole new skill set that I need to learn. This book taught me everything I need to know about road biking from how to pedal properly to conserve the most energy to what type of clothing to wear to stay comfortable. There are a lot of great tips on safety, and resources for where to find supplies, further info, etc. The book is written so that you can read it from cover to cover, or use it to quickly reference something specific. Now I feel a little more "in the know" about the world of biking and more empowered to get out on the trails and in the city. I'm even considering training for my first triathlon sprint.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Janie D on December 11, 2013
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I love this book. It tells you just about everything about bikes. I did not realize there was so many types of bikes. This book will really come in handy since I have not been on a bike in over five years. The title is prefect Bicycling reintroduction.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DarklyDreamingDexter on May 13, 2013
Format: Paperback
When I was just getting back into cycling I got 4 books from the library, this wears. This covers 90% of what most cyclist need to know as an adult even before they buy a bike. Plus riding tips, an basic maintenance. It was A quick easy read with great pictures. The other books I read were more specialized to road biking but essentially covered the same stuff with way more "fluff".

I have since bought this book used an retread it a few times an lent it out too.
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