on March 18, 2011
This book is a mix between an instruction manual, a autobiography, a humor novel. The author uses his own experiences (good, bad, and humorous) to introduce you to mountain biking. A must read for anyone considering the sport.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on July 27, 2002
My complaint with most mountain bike "how-to" guides is that they gear the reader toward being a professional rider. That's because they are most often written by professional riders. Seldom has a book been written that just covers the basic questions like "How do I jump a small dirt mound?" or "What is the difference between the different types of rear-suspensions that are available?" This book answers those basic questions without getting into so much detail that the average rider will be bored. The text and illustrations are clear, concise, and entertaining. The outline of the book brings the reader from shopping for their first bike, right up through explaining some of the most basic "expert" techniques. But, again, the book is very much geared toward first time or beginner riders and is intended to gradually step them up through the ranks of bad, to better, to good.
In short, this book covers most all of the basic techniques you will need to be a good novice mountain bike rider. And that's exactly what I want to be.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 5, 2000
A great source of information for us newies who want to take our riding a step further. Bill obviously has a great passion for the sport and his style sums up what mountain biking is all about - fun!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 25, 2000
An excellent book! Strickland's style is casual, funny, and fun to read, while still being packed with information. I recommend this book to all fat-tire enthusiasts out there.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 3, 1999
Oh no it's Mr.Bill! Don't let that sway you my friends. Forany of you who have read Mountain Bike magazine you certainly knowMr. Bill Strickland. If you don't you are in for a treat. Mr Bill is a fountain of knowledge that he explains with accuracy and witt.
Listen young one's. Listen and learn.....
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on June 20, 1999
Strickland's book is perfectly constructed. It is just the right combination of step-by-step instructions, personal anecdotes, illustrations, and mountain biking philosophy. Rather than writing as a Cycling God, Strickland writes as a person who has Been There, and amuses the reader with many references to his most graceful face-plants and other humiliating experiences. He writes wittily and with a casual style without insulting the reader's intelligence. Truly the Ultimate Guide to the Ultimate Ride.