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Mountain Bike!: A Manual of Beginning to Advanced Technique Paperback – April 10, 1992


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Menasha Ridge Press; 1 edition (April 10, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0897321146
  • ISBN-13: 978-0897321143
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #394,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

At first glance, you may think that Nealy isn't serious about teaching riding skills. The hand-printed pages--colored with hilarious animations--give the guide a comic-book appearance. But instead of assaulting his readers with dry chapters on technique, Nealy leads his readers on an entertaining tour of the mountain-biking world and how to survive it. He explains how to bunny hop, how to downhill, how to ride powerfully, and how to crash with style. He also includes a "Stupid Bike Tricks" section. One trick, The Invisible Mountain Biker, explains how to jump off of your bike and let it glide, unmanned, across the path of frightened hikers. Note that Nealy advises against heaving your bike into a crowd of hikers. Existing laws prohibit it.

Whether you're a pro who's ready to soar through flaming hoops, or the neophyte who's merely searching for the pedals, Nealy's guide is bound to be fun--and isn't that what mountain biking is all about? --Ben Tiffany

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If you're looking for the ultimate mountain bike guide for the totally honed, welcome to William (Not Bill) Nealy's world. Nealy's expertise (acquired through years of crash-and-burn) enables him to translate hard-learned reflexes and instinctive responses into easy-to-understand drawings: drawings that will make you into a much better rider. Nealy's cartoon illustrations combine insight with humor and knowledge with humiliation. So, if you are ready to shorten the learning curve and master the advanced techniques of mountain biking, get ready to have some laughs and log a few miles with William Nealy. (7 x 10, 176 pages, illustrated)

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Customer Reviews

It is an easy read, with great illustrations.
hrazi
These are the kinds of things you really can only (normally) learn by the crash and burn method and that is exactly what will happen if you just read the book.
GYPSY THE STEGOSAURUS
Whether if you are a new mountain biker or an experienced downhill maniac, this book will teach you the basics and perfect your technique.
Mario A. Cerdas

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Timm Muth on March 9, 2000
Format: Paperback
If you're like me, listening to someone explain the proper way to do a wheelie hop or shift your weight during hill climbing, is about as exciting as watching old people eat, and about as gratifying. If you need something visual to clue you in, then check out Mr. Nealy's fine illustrations. Once you finish laughing your guts out, you'll realize that this guy really knows what he's talking about when it comes to biking. Studying this book can shave years off your learning curve. I absolutely HATE the fact that what I had to learn through 8 years of experimentation and pain, my buddies picked up in 3 months by pouring over this book on every trip to the john. Buy it. Read it. Use it. Then ride like a bat outta hell.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 2, 1999
Format: Paperback
Loved the book. From the 1st time I picked it up I learned skills that I could master within a very short time. Now - one season later, I'm discovering that by rereading the same information, I am refining my skills and learning even more. A great book for everyone. I dare not put it down or my partner, a much more advanced rider than I , picks up the book and is lost in it. As a female rider just past 50, it's great to find a book that is geared to all ages and genders and will help me improve. This book's focus is on success, not failure - a great attitude. Everyone will learn something from it. Thank you William Nealy!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 1, 1999
Format: Paperback
As a novice scrambling for info, I have found Nealy's book to be extremely useful. Though initially put off by the cartoons (sensitive novice ego at work), after a few minutes with the book I was pleased to find it full of information. The illustrations actually illustrated the author's points quite well, in addition to their humorous value. I enjoyed reading it and am industriously trying to turn the information gained into actual skills.
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Velo Head on January 13, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is a well written, illustrated, and entertaining book on mountain biking skills, but it suffers from being quite outdated. Anyone who is more interested in contemporary mountain biking than ancient history would be better served with a more up to date tome that includes techniques more applicable to today's modern mountain bike technology. For example, toe clip pedals are not the cutting edge! Check out the Ned Overend book, Mountain Bike Like a Champion. There is also a video, Performance Mountain Biking that may be of interest.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mario A. Cerdas on December 18, 2000
Format: Paperback
I began mountain biking in January 2000, learning whatever I could from watching the other bikers (and in this sport, there's no time for others to stop and explain!) Don't want to go through the "University of Hard Knocks" to learn more of the sport? Here's the solution!
Whether if you are a new mountain biker or an experienced downhill maniac, this book will teach you the basics and perfect your technique. It provides great details on everything a mountain biker should know about arm & leg technique, taking falls, pedaling tricks, trail use and care, emergency repairs, survival techniques, mountain biking "etiquette", no-no's and even what's fashionable and what's not on the sport.
I would've rated this book 5 stars, had Nealy provided more help on mud trail mastering techniques, making clipless pedals easy and maybe a couple of dog-dodging and cow/bull evading techniques. (Mud, rocks, dirt, grass, rivers, dogs and even bulls are common on a same trail, in a country like mine - Costa Rica) Perhaps we'll see it in a second edition?
The bottom line: This book in its easy-to-understand and funny cartoon format is a must for anybody and everybody who loves mountain biking! So what are you waiting for? Another spectacular crash? Hit that "Add to Shopping Cart" button now!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By R. Wells on July 12, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book was given to me as a gift after I had been riding about a year. I read it from cover to cover with great interest. It has helped me improve my riding skills greatly. I can now ride over logs, do the bunny hop, climb rock steps, and ride stuff that I would have walked a year ago. Now I am re-reading it again and ordering some copies for friends who will also benefit from it. Try it as a gift for a beginner or intermediate rider.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 13, 1998
Format: Paperback
Whether you are an experienced mountain biker, a beginner, or just someone interested in the sport, if you only buy one book - this is it. It's very informative and funny. The information helped me quite a bit years ago when I was a beginner...now I just reread it every year or so for the entertainment.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Greg C. Murnock Jr. on September 13, 2004
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If you only have one book in your personal mtn bike library, this is the one. Funny! Interesting! Great illustrations! Originally purchased back in the old school days of the sport and is still the number one to have, mine is on the coffee table...and another copy in the office...
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