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DeLong's guide to bicycles & bicycling: the art & science Unknown Binding – 1974


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Product Details

  • Unknown Binding: 278 pages
  • Publisher: Chilton Book Co; 1st edition (1974)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0006CDTOQ
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 12.2 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,380,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I first purchased a hardcover copy of this book in 1976 or 1977. Fred DeLong was a very serious bike rider who
commuted to work everyday...for life. His vacations were filled with long bicycle trips, both in America and also Europe.
The book has extraordinary information on how bikes from the 1970s and before were built and how to repair then.

Every part of the bike is covered as to why it exists and how it can be fixed. This even includes the types of tubing used at
that time. Everything.

He also details proper riding technique and rider etiquette, for both America and Europe.

Fred lived in Pennsylvania and rode his bike all year long, to work. His description of the clothing needed for riding in
the winter months is astonishing. Several layers, very light.

This is a comprehensive book, but partially dated because bikes were somewhere between slightly to vastly different
from modern bikes. Basically there are the same, but most things about them have changed...sorry.

Fred was a wonderful writer with vast knowledge in all aspects of road bike riding, mostly touring and commuting. For me,
who started riding 10 speeds (two chainrings, five cogs on the freewheel) in the early 70s, this book is a gem, not to be
missed. I lost my copy somewhere in the 80s and bought my current hardcover copy on Amazon, or Ebay, I forget, but
probably Amazon. I am astonished that this book is still in print. Good riding and good reading to anyone who makes this
purchase
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