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World of BMX (Enthusiast Color) Paperback – August 7, 2003


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Product Details

  • Series: Enthusiast Color
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: MBI (August 7, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760315434
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760315439
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 8.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,035,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

Mountain Bike Madness is the book that will introduce you to the wild ride of mountain biking. It encompasses the history, the personalities who added to the cachet, the evolution, how to ride, where to ride, and who with. It’s the straight story, the story it would take years to find out if you asked around.

Quite simply, there isn’t a book like this anywhere.

About the Author

J.P. Partland first swung a leg over a bicycle when he was three. Little did he know it would become a life-long obsession. When his parents dragged eight-year-old J.P. to suburbia, they gave him a used "convertible" Schwinn Bantam. It was a lame bike by his schoolmate's standards. He used it to master the town. By seventh grade, he was racing cars to school and racing friends home on a Schwinn Varsity. His first bike trip came at thirteen. Fourteen brought on his first race, an ultra-marathon event called the Pepsi Challenge Bicycle Marathon. He won the junior division, riding 230 miles over the course of a day (competitors under the age of sixteen were only allowed to ride sixteen of the 24 hours) on his Schwinn Varsity.

That Varsity eventually became his first commuter bike. He took it to school every day from the first day of junior high to the last day of high school. He has been a bike commuter to every job he has ever had. Currently, he's commuting on a fixed-gear.

A Bianchi was soon to follow the Varsity. He took it to Europe twice; once for a cultural exchange to northern France and the following year for a bicycle tour of Europe with the American Youth Hostels (now Hosteling International).

His first United States Cycling Federation (USCF) license came at the age of fifteen. The Bianchi was a sport-tourer, so it doubled as a racing bike. He joined the fraternity of racing in the dark ages before heart rate monitors existed and training methods became periodized; miles were what he was told. Miles were what he did. Solo. Without guidance from other racers, he struggled to keep up. After a decent interval of club rides with racers, training started to take shape and racing got easier. J.P. was winning races by the age of seventeen.

At seventeen, he was also a shop rat, hanging around, absorbing everything he could. The year was 1985, and some of the employees had Fat Chance mountain bikes. They occasionally did Sunday rides. One day, J.P. borrowed one, and rode around the Ramapo mountains with the shop gang. It was a great experience.

He got his category III license before turning senior. The bike shop world became a fixture upon high school graduation; he started working the day after, beginning an interest that remains to this day.

J.P.'s work has appeared in nearly 50 cycling-specific and general interest magazines as well as a dozen websites. He is a contributing editor to The Ride magazine. He is a regular contributor to Velo News. He has been read in most of the regional cycling publications, both BDS and Bicycle Retailer and Industry News, and has been published in Bicycling, Bicyclist, Bike, Womens’ Sports and Fitness, Fitness, Hooked on the Outdoors, and Self. In the regular world, his writing has appeared in Outside,The New York Times, The Daily News, New York Magazine, and a host of other publications as well as on the web.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark A. Lucas on March 28, 2012
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Covers the BMX scene and techniques from the 1980s. For modern coverage of BMX, refer to the many BMX magazines - avoid the urban/street/jump scene mags if you are interested in racing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "clambereader" on December 11, 2003
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I got this because I enjoyed Mountain Bike Madness. I liked "The World..." from the moment I picked it up. The cover looks like someone has ridden over it a few times. I tried wiping it off, but found out it was part of the design. The book--cover, text, and pictures, flow together like the perfect run.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 17, 2005
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This book was my favort book i have aver read because it was about bmx bikes and that is what i like to do all the time. I go to the skate park all the time. I can read this book over and over agen. thank you for wrighting this book
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