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The Bicycling Big Book of Cycling for Beginners: Everything a new cyclist needs to know to gear up and start riding Paperback – June 3, 2014
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TORI BORTMAN is a Portland, OR, bicycle consultant who owns Gracie's Wrench, where she offers classes and one-on-one bicycle consultation.
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The one downside of the book is that Tori recommends purchasing your bike at a local bike shop new and doesn't cover the possibilities of purchasing a used bike. For some of us even a new "budget" bike is too much money to put into a new sport without knowing if we will like it or not. Bikes depreciate like a car, as soon as you leave the shop with it the resale value takes a hit. that means you can get a used bike for much less than the price of a new one if you are patient. I still highly recommend the book but in addition add in your own research about the possibilities of renting a bike, talking to the local shop about buying a trade in, or even purchasing one on craigslist or eBay.
So, buy the book (the ebook was very inexpensive) get your gear and get going!
I got the book about a year ago right after I had returned to biking after about 10 years away from riding (and having "lost" much of my biking knowledge...) - and found the book very helpful to refresh my memory on many things (biking gear, bikes and their components, techniques for riding, nutrition, etc.). And a year later after having averaged close to 300 miles a month on my bike, I still find useful things to refer to in this book...
I'd give this book 5 stars, but I give it 4, because there are some parts in which the author could have used less words to express the same things. Actually, I'd give 4.5 stars, but I can give only an integer number of stars.