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Watch Your Line (Second Edition): Techniques to Improve Road Cycling Skills Paperback – June 14, 2011
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From the Author
Preface to the First Edition
This book is provided as a collection of recommendations to improve road bike handling skills. If you are reading this, I thank you for interest and appreciate your desire to improve your cycling skills.
By improving our skills we make cycling more enjoyable, comfortable, and safe. While this book is generally targeted to the intermediate cyclist, I hope that the principles, techniques, recommendations and drills will resonate with cyclists of all levels.
I believe a smooth cyclist is a more efficient and safer cyclist. A more efficient cyclist may be able to ride tempo and climb more efficiently, saving valuable energy and time. A safer cyclist will pose less risk to themselves and other cyclists in a group or fast paceline. I also believe a smooth cyclist is better received by the non-cycling public, which might possibly reduce motorist-on-cyclist aggression. By demonstrating smooth, confident, and predictable pace and handling, we show other cyclists, motorists, and creatures that we belong sharing the road.
This book consolidates many of the ideas, principles, and observations I have developed over several decades of riding. By writing down these lessons learned, I hope to provide objective and constructive recommendations for us all to review, contemplate, and implement, at our leisure and convenience.
When I started researching road bike handling skills, many references I found were focused on off-road riding. I decided to provide some of my lessons-learned for the road cyclist. Most of the points presented in this text were conceived, refined, and tested during solo and group rides. I rejected and consolidated numerous concepts in an attempt to strengthen the content, and reduce repetition.
I also hope to reach more cyclists through this book, since I unfortunately can not ride with each of you. I hope you gain a measure of the satisfaction and payback reviewing this text, and applying the principles, that I have had in writing and revising it. It is my sincere desire that the principles and practices contained here will improve your cycling. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The book is really useful to someone who hasn't ridden in many years and who never really "learned" how to ride other than by just riding. That is most of us, of course.
The book is divided into reasonable sections that are laid out in a very systematic way, which one would expect from an engineer. (The author claims that as his vocation.) You learn about bike fit, position, bike size, methodology for increasing speed, and bike handling skills.
I found great use in some of the drills that Canfield recommends, to build better pedaling skills. The results were an increase in average speed of about one and a half miles per hour, moving up to a B class rider. I've also experienced improved abilities in length of rides.
In short, this book is worth it if you don't have a lot of riding experience.