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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on December 13, 2012
There are a lot of cyclists out there who are perfectly content with doing all of their biking in their backyard. Santella's book is just a starting point for people considering a trip further afield. In browsing the book, readers will get some grasp on the landscape of possibilities and a few names and addresses to get started.

The preceding reviewer complained that the book was just marketing fluff from bicycle tour operators and guides, ( full disclosure: I'm one of the "experts" interviewed in the book). Although it's true that all of the experts are "in the business", I can't think of a better way of curating the selection of destinations and offering it up to the public.

If you're a veteran adventure cyclist, this book isn't for you. However, if you'd like to encourage someone (or yourself) to consider a cycling vacation at some point, this is a great place to start.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on February 19, 2013
If you are interested in tour-cycling, then this book is worth every penny. As a prior review mentioned, the 50 rides profiled in this book are written by individuals from various touring companies and non-profit organizations. This is what makes it good. You are hearing about the rides from the people who know them well. If you are really interested in a ride, you can choose to find a tour company or just use this book as a guide for creating your own tour.

What I like most about this book is that it has opened my mind to some tours I wasn't even aware of. I'm 45 years old in 2013, and am doing two of the tours from this book. If I can do at least two per year I'll have this list accomplished by the time I'm 70...hopefully there will be another book with 50 more rides to choose from.

There are so many places to do a bike tour. This book really helps you choose some of the most amazing destinations. I like browsing through this book so much I've ordered a 2nd copy for my office.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on November 27, 2012
Many of the reviews are by tour guides recommending trips their company offers. Many of these are great trips, but this is not what I was expecting - I can get that information from a trip catalog.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on June 28, 2013
The book has helpful information if you are planning on taking any of these rides. Rides are organized alphabetically by location (country or state) and provide a good description of each ride including companies who guide in the area.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 19, 2014
Very disappointing. Many of the recommended places to cycle are no more than sales plugs for a cycle tour operator--and where cycling on your own or as a self-directed group might be difficult, because you have to be driven out to the cycle-friendly locations. The title of the book would more accurately be, "50 Places with Bike Tour Operators to Consider".

I'm sorry, Mr. Santella, but this is also lazy authorship--pulling together existing (perhaps even unedited) promotional text into a 'book'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 20, 2015
Bought this as a gift and it has gotten rave reviews from the receiver.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 19, 2014
Very beautifull book, nice pictures and good recomendations
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on June 10, 2015
I checked out this book and "Fifty Places to Hike before you Die" from our local library before deciding to order them. My husband is especially into bicycles and wanted his own copy. I ordered the books as Father's Day gifts. I like that the books include places from around the world. It's doubtful we will ever do all 50, but should we ever be in one of the countries listed, we've already got an alternative to check out besides the usual tourist stops. There are also quite a few bike rides in the U.S. that we will try out. It's also just fun to read so see what's out there.
In response to some reviews that these books are blatant promotions, I disagree. I would rather hear from the experts. On some of these adventures we may want a guide, but on others, in places we know fairly well, the book has given enough information to go on our own with maybe a little more research. To me it would be impossible for the author to scour the globe in search of 50 places worth visiting. Talking to the experts seems to be a much more logical way of compiling the information.
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on July 12, 2014
Great book! Personal experiences make it real!
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on January 3, 2015
Gave as a gift...well received...pretty photos
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