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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156976817X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569768174
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #363,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“One of the few books that can genuinely be described as indispensible" —The Washing Machine Post



"[a] fact-filled feast ... Top stuff"  —Sport Magazine



"Fotheringham knows his cycling and loves it."  —Independent

“A humorous yet substantial addition to sports or cycling history collections.” —Library Journal  



"[Fotheringham] has a wry, deft writing style and peppers entries with amusing factoids ... a hard book to put down" —cycling-books.com

"A treasure trove of cycling/bicycling racing facts and anecdotes." —BikeCommuters.com

About the Author

William Fotheringham has been a racing cyclist on road and track since 1981. He has been cycling correspondent at the Guardian newspaper since 1994 and, since then, has covered the Tour de France for them every year. In 1993 he was launch editor of Cycle Sport magazine, and in 1998 he launched procycling magazine and website. His biography of Tom Simpson, Put Me Back on My Bike, was acclaimed by Vélo magazine as “the best cycling biography ever written.”

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. Rollins on January 20, 2012
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My husband is a self-pronounced 'bike nerd' and I, loving wife as I am, accept him with all his little foibles. So I knew when I purchased this he would be happy. What I didn't know is that I would get an actual squeal of excitement from him and then suffer through him completely ignoring me for 24 hours while he drooled all over this book, (not literally, but close!) In short... he LOVES it and thinks I'm awesome! He shows it to all his bike nerd friends and loudly notes that his wife bought it for him. The look of shock fading to appreciation is worth the book's weight in gold!!
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I bought this for my fiance, as he is an avid cyclist, and he has been reading this ever since Christmas when I gifted it to him. He thinks this is a really cool book and will read it whenever he has a chance to. He likes to show me different things he's found or read and he truly enjoys it!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Craig Michael on December 13, 2011
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With a title that implies exhaustive information about all things bike, I had high expectations. I advise you lower them if want to make it through. The writing is simple, it is not exhaustive, and it doesn't provide a glossary for words that it's attempting to define - missing its own point entirely.

I would say that everything in the book is about bicycling, but not everything about cycling (not even remotely) is on the book. BIKE CULT fulfilled that goal well.

This is the first book I've ever owned that I stopped trying to like after 50 pages, and know that I will never pick up and try to read. Glad I bought it used, and I won't even try to sell it so I don't disappoint waste someone else's money. Another Sain Vinnie's donation.
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We gave it to my brother-in-law who is an avid cycler. He hadn't heard of it and said it was interesting and he enjoyed it.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mjw12867 on December 18, 2010
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I really enjoy this book. Its one of those books that you can pic up read a little and come back to it later, it doesnt have to be read in one sitting. I seen some people saying that it was hard to read because of the color of the font. I would have to say i dont agree with this. Anyway I say this book is a MUST for any cyclist at any level.
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