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The Essential Touring Cyclist: A Complete Course for the Bicycle Traveler Paperback – April 1, 1994


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Mcgraw-Hill (April 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0070388490
  • ISBN-13: 978-0070388499
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,062,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard A. Lovett is a science writer, distance-running coach, and award-winning science fiction author. He has written more than 3,000 newspaper and magazine articles for such publications as Nature, Science, Running Times, and Travel & Leisure, and has sold more than four dozen science fiction stories. He also coaches Portland, Oregon's 300-member Team Red Lizard, as well as private clients, ranging from age-group competitors to Olympic Trials contenders. He holds degrees in astrophysics, law, and economics, and was a law professor before he retired from academia to pursue full-time writing.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 14, 1998
Format: Paperback
I have travelled about 13,000 miles in the U.S. and Canada. Most of that was solo, and none of it was with a support vehicle. This is the only book I recommend to people about to take a bicycle trip.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 25, 1996
Format: Paperback
This is the best book on bicycle touring I have found.
It is written extremely well, and succeeds in presenting a
fair amount of technical material without losing your
attention.
The book covers everything you want to know
about cycle touring: choosing a bike, on-the-road repairs,
health and injury issues, training, and touring equipment.
It was the only bicycle book I brought with me on my
first long distance touring adventure, a solo 938 mile trek.
If I only had one reference to prepare for touring, this
would be it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Mccaffrey on July 27, 2000
Format: Paperback
Mr. Lovett starts with the basics, and is careful to include viewpoints not his own. (Most importantly, he includes the words of a female cyclist when discussing topics such as women's safety on the road, hygiene, and clothing selection.) He loves the sport, and it shows in his writing. This is not the advanced treatise that an anonymous reviewer criticized as "written for morons" (how brave!), but Lovett does not claim it to be. It is methodical, and it points the reader to more advanced information when it is needed. This is a good book with which to start your touring library.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 4, 2000
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This book does include several things any experienced rider ought to know already. Where it succeeds and succeeds well is in helping a person to think about what they will need on tour. This is not a book for experts but it is an excellent book for anyone considering bike touring who either hasn't done it before or who has tried and had a difficult time. If you have ever had the thought of traveling by bike, buy this book to find out why traveling by bike can be so much fun.
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