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Bicycling Magazine's Complete Book of Road Cycling Skills : Your Guide to Riding Faster, Stronger, Longer, and Safer Paperback – Bargain Price, January 15, 1998
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"Bicycling magazine has assembled the most comprehensive book about road cycling in recent years. Everything you need to know about this wonderful sport is clearly presented and easy to put to use."--Alex Stieda, first North American to lead the Tour de France
"Cycling is a sport to be enjoyed for a lifetime. Learn from the experts, test your limits, then go explore the world."--Karen Kurreck, former world time trial champion
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There are sections on how to equip your bike, how to follow the rules of the road, and tips and tricks bikers need to know to coexist safely in traffic. There are also sections on what to eat and drink, how to train effectively to increase your abilities, and how to get into serious long-distance touring - things which I hadn't originally been interested in but which were fun to read about. I think what I liked best about the book was that it was clearly written by enthusiasts who've spent a lot of time riding and a lot of time thinking about how to convey their skills and enthusiasms to the public.
If I had a criticism, it'd be that the book suffers by being a collection of separate magazine articles not originally intended for publication in this form, so some information is repeated and coherence is sort of loose. But it's not a major criticism and I'd recommend the book anyway.
I bought the book because I wanted to dust off my bicycle again after a dozen sedentary years. The last book on cycling I read was Eugene Sloan's "Complete Book of Bicycling." I would say the subtitle is very descriptive of what this book offers: "Your Guide to Riding Faster, Stronger, Longer, and Safer."
The book is written by people who race bicycles. They explain that many training techniques for racing used wisely will make the touring cyclist a much better rider. I found some of the suggestions about when to drink how much water and caution against overreaching and overtraining to be very helpful, but those were not the only things. I can endorse the encouragement to work for smoothness in pedalling as well as a higher cadence in a lower gear instead of lugging it in a gear that is just a little too high.
Because of extra years and extra pounds it will be a while before I can reap all of the benefits I might from this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Even with many decades experience found this volume instructive. Also it is fun reading. Can serve as a reference for selected rereading.Published on May 9, 2014 by Richard
I had not ridden since I was in college. I started out in spinning class and then bought a bike. This was one of the first books I bought. Read morePublished on January 6, 2014 by John M. Beasley
Even though this may be a "old" book published about a decade ago, it still provides a wealth of information for the new cyclist. Read morePublished on March 31, 2013 by A. Hua
The book was just ok. The actual reading was not pleasant because the actual publishing quality was low. Read morePublished on March 4, 2013 by jake mcCallister
This is a great book, it still has a lot of information that you can relate to or learn from, but lots of it is outdated. Read morePublished on November 26, 2010 by Eduardo Villanueva
If you are serious about riding then you need this book. Things you might not other wise think of, to make you a better rider in everyway. Handle the bike in turns, and in traffic. Read morePublished on April 3, 2009 by Joseph Scannell
As another reviewer pointed out, this is a colleciton of articles that don't make one continous book. I look at it as more of a manual. Read morePublished on January 1, 2009 by C. Boudreau