Discover the history of cycling and learn the essentials of riding, from buying the right equipment and clothing, to acquiring safety skills. A unique gallery section showcases the latest cycle types, whether mountain bike or road racer, highlighting the differences between each. The "Better Cycling" section teaches you key on- and off-road techniques, explaining everything from hairpin cornering and bunny-hopping to handling different road surfaces. Then find out how to really challenge yourself in the world of competitive cycling, and prepare yourself for road, track, and off-road racing with advice on eating well and training. Finally, a detailed maintenance section guides you through bike care and repair with clear photographs and step-by-step instructions.
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Chris Sidwells is a journalist and author, a former bike-shop owner and a racer of road, track, mountain and cyclo-cross bikes. His previous titles include Mr Tom - a biography of his uncle who died in the 1967 Tour de France - and Shay Elliot: the Story of the First Irish Yellow Jersey. He also writes regularly for Cycle Sport, Cycling Plus and Cycling Weekly. Chris lives in Cornwall.From Booklist:
All cycling enthusiasts, from beginners to would-be Tour de France competitors, will want to consult this book again and again. The author begins with a short history of the bicycle, charting its evolution from a simple two-wheeled machine propelled by foot power (the draisine, patented in 1817) to today's ultramodern, high-tech vehicle. Individual chapters discuss such matters as proper cycling attire, how to teach a child to ride, how to tailor your diet to maximize its effectiveness, and how to maintain and repair your bike. But the book's showpiece is its bike gallery, a series of detailed photographs describing each and every conceivable variation on the two-wheeler theme. The whole is copiously illustrated, but this section, which runs to nearly 40 pages, is simply beautiful. The book is perfect for newbies, for someone who cycles to work, and for the off-roader, the racer, and the person who sees cycling as a healthy workout. David Pitt
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Book Description San Val, 2005. Book Condition: Very Good. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Bookseller Inventory # GRP79124680