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    Books on Cycling.

    How many of you read books on cycling? What subject are the books, non-fiction, fiction, or both?

    So far I have read a total of 20 cycling related books. Some are advice wuch as weight training, touring, etc, one is a fictional story one is a book of qoutes but most are true stories of people's touring adventures.

    Here are the subjects and titles:

    Quotes:

    1. The Quotable Cyclist by Bill STrickland

    Advice, tips, and training:

    2. Bicycling Books Basic Riding Techniques - by the editors of Bicycling Magazine

    3. Bicycling Books The Most Frequently Asked Questions About Bicycling - by the editors of Bicycling Magazine

    4. The Bicycling Users Manual from the editors of Bicycling Magazine

    5. Bicycling Magazine's 900 All-Time Best Tips - by the eidtors of Bicycling Magazine

    6. Weight Training For Cyclists - by Eric Schmitz and Ken Doyle

    7. The Lance Armstrong Performance Program - by Lance Armstrong and Chris Carmichael

    8. The Long Distance Cyclists' Handbook - by Simon Doughty

    Non-Fiction Touring stories:

    9. Metal Cowboy - by Joe Kurmaskie

    10. Spokesongs - by Willie Weir

    11. Hey Mom, Can I ride My Across America Five Kids Meet Their Country - by John Seigel Boettner

    12. Wide Hips, Narrow Shoulders A Bike Touring Adventure Story - by Monte M. Lowrance

    13. Westward Ha! Bicycling Cross Country with My Two Sons - by Calvin H. Allen

    14. Just Keep Pedaling A Corner-toCorner Bike Ride aCross America - by T.E. Trimbath

    15. Miles From Nowhere A Round The-World Bicycle Adventure - by Barbara Savage

    16. A Crossing A Cyclists Journey Home - by Brain Newhouse

    17. Roll Around Heaven All Day A Piecemeal Journey across America by Bicycle - by Stan Purdum

    Story about bike messangers:

    18. The Immortal Class Bike Messanger and the Cult of Human Power - by Travis Hugh Cullet

    Autobiography/biography's

    19. Its Not About The Bike My Journey Back To Life - by Lance Armstrong with Sally Jenkins

    Fiction:

    20. 16,000 Suspects A RAGBRAI Murder Mystery - by 17 Iowa writers

    I am currently reading a non-fiction touring adventure story called:
    We Passed This Way A Coast-to-Coast Bicycle Trip with Historical Reflections - by Dick Swinnerton

    I also have a non-fiction touring story to read yet called: Changing Gears - by Jane Schnell

    If anyone wants to know anything about any of the books I read please ask. I recommend all of the books I have read for anyone here to read.

    I'll give a "book report" on the 2 last books I mentioned above when I finish reading them as well as others I read in the future.

    Does anyone have any recommendations on books for me to read?

    Please share your questions, opinions, suggestions, etc.

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    Good list, I've read a few of them.

    Here are a few more:

    Catfish and Mandala - Andrew X. Pham
    - cycling in Viet Nam

    On the trail of Marco Polo - Brady Fotheringham
    - cycling the "silk road".

    The Road of Dreams - Bruce Junek
    - cycling around the world

    Tour De France - Graeme Fife
    "...perhaps the world needs a little more Canada" - Jean Chretian, 2003.

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    Aerobat, On The Trail Of Marco Polo is one of the next books I'm going to order. Reading the excerpts and reviews on it, it sounds like a good book.

    There is one small issue with reading all these touring adventure stories though. That is the more I read about it the harder the "bug" bits me and the more I want to do it myself. I plan on doing some self contained tours next year.

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    If anyone's interested, I was at Hasting's bookstore the other day and was looking on the sale table. Found a couple of copies of a book of bicycle stamps. There must be a thousand of 'em. Anyway, the book list price was 25 bucks. On sale for 3.99.
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    Dirtgrinder I'm interested. Was the book on clearance? Or just on sale? Can you get me the info on the book, full title, author, publishing company, and if possible the ISBN #, you'll have to ask a store employee for the #. I'd like to try to order it through Barnes and Noble if I can. If it was on clearance it may be difficult to order it, but worth a try.

    Thanks.

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    I highly recommend Burrows' book Bicycle Design - towards the perfect machine on bicycle design in general.

    And if you are seriously interested in the technical history of the bicycle (the derailleur, anyway), The Dancing Chain is a must.

    Cheers...Gary

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    Here's a newly available book that I really like.

    Fred Matheny's Complete Book of Road Bike
    Training

    So far as I know it is only available here:

    http://www.roadbikerider.com/rbt_excerpt.htm
    Just Peddlin' Around

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    This is the book.
    http://www.addall.com/Browse/Detail/0933201788.html
    http://www.ixxibalba.com/WildWest/1035/misc.htm
    I went and picked up the last two copies. If anyone is interested I'll send them to you.
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    Metal Cowboy is a good read about one cyclist's touring experiences.
    Booyah!!

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    methany's book rocks

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    Dirtgrinder,

    If the price is right I am interested in buying one of those stamp books.

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    Bike books I've read:
    • It's Not About the Bike by Lance Armstrong and Sally Jenkins
    • A Season in Turmoil by Samuel Abt
    • The Yellow Jersey by Ralph Hurne
    • World of Cycling by John Wilcockson
    • Tales from the Toolbox by Rupert Guiness
    • The complete series of Greg Moody books
    • Complete Guide to Bicycle Maintenance and Repair from Bicycling Magazine
    • Volume 1-4 of the Barnett Manual
    • Bicycle Road Racing by Eddie Borysewicz
    • Training for Cycling by Davis Phinney and Connie Carpenter
    • The Lance Armstrong Performance Program by Lance Armstrong and Chris Carmichael
    • Serious Cycling by Ed Burke
    • High-Tech Cycling also by Ed Burke
    • Bicycling Science by Frank Rowland Whitt and David Gordon Wilson
    • The Cyclists Training Bible by Joe Friel (This is the one I'm currently reading...


    I'm sure there are more plus I've got a few more inbound from Amazon.com (soon I'll have them ALL!)

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    Touring Bikes by Tony Oliver, a guide to designing and building them.
    The Third Policeman, Flann O'Brian. Indescribable surrealist crime comedy which explains why you feel so attatched to your bike. You just have to read it for yourself, even better, see the play.

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    Sports Nutrtition Guidebook by Nancy Clark, MS, RD
    While not cycling specific an excellent book if you want a clue to eating properly. The author IS a bike commuter.....
    All right partner, keep on rollin' baby, you know what time it is....

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    I thought it was time to put a list of many of books on cycling adventures from my collection. Let me know if you want specifics on any of them.

    Wells

    Two Wheels North; Bicycling the West Coast in 1909; Gibb, Evelyn McDaniel; 2000

    2 Wheels 2 Years & 3 Continents; A Bicyclist’s Dream Fulfilled; Galen, Ralph W.;1977

    Cold Beer and Crocodiles; A Bicycle Journey into Australia; Smith, Roff; 2000

    A Bike Ride;12,000 miles around the world; Mustoe, Anne;1992

    The Adventure of Two Lifetimes; Goetz, Pegy Newland and Brian Goetz;2001

    Computing Across America; The Bicycle Odyssey of a High-Tech Nomad;Roberts, Steven K.;1988

    Metal Cowboy; Tales from the road less pedaled;Kurmaskie, Joe;1999

    Where the Pavement Ends; One Woman’s Bicycle Trip Through Mongolia, China & Vietnam;Warmbrunn, Erika;2001

    Spokesongs; Bicycle Adventures on Three Continents;Weir, Willie;1997

    The Trail to Titicaca; A journey through South America;Attlee, Rupert;1999

    Following the Sun; A Bicycle Pilgrimage from Andalusia to the Hebrides;Mitchell, John Hanson;2002

    A Crossing;A Cyclist’s Journey Home; Newhouse, Brian;1998

    Riding the Desert Trail; By bicycle to the source of the Nile;Selby, Bettina;1988

    Cycling Adventures of Coconut Head; A North American Odyssey;Schredd, Ted;1996

    Against the Wind; A Maine to Alaska Bicycling Adventure;Basch, Marty;1995

    Free-Wheelin’; A Solo Journey Across Ameerica;Lovett, Richard A.;1992

    Africa Trek; A Journey by Bicycle through Africa;Buettner, Dan;1997

    The Impossible Ride; The Story of the First Bicycle Ride across the Amazon Jungle;Sutherland, Louise;1982

    Over the Hills; Lamb, David;1996

    Stealing from a Deep Place; Travels in Southeastern Europe;Hall, Brian;1988

    Pedaling the Ends of the Earth; Four young me come of age in a great bicycling adventure stretching from Spain to Japan;Duncan, David;1985

    Himalayan Passage; Seven months in the high courtry of Tibet, Nepal, China, India, and Pakistan;Schmidt, Jeremy;1991

    Short Summer in South America; Sanders, Nick;1989
    Hurt City;;Voiland, Bob;1994

    Cycling to XIAN and other excursions; Travels by bicycle through China & Tibet;Buckley, Michael;1988

    Seeing Myself Seeing the World; A Woman’s Journey Around the World on a Bicycle;Vantress, Sally;1990

    Changing Gears; Bicycling America’s Perimeter;Schnell, Jane;1990

    Round Ireland in Low Gear; Newby, Eric;1987

    Lone Traveller; One Woman, Two Wheels and the World;Mustoe, Anne;1998

    The Masked Rider; Cycling in West Africa;Peart, Neil;1996

    Travels in a Strange State; Cycling across the USA;Dew, Josie;1994

    We’re Outta Here!; How to plan an dtake the trip of your dreams;Wooten, David;1997

    Three Men on a Bike; A Journey through Africa;Spowers, Rory;1995

    The World up Close; A cyclist’s Adventures on Five Continents;Nasr, Kameel B.;1990

    Six Years After D-DAY; Cycling through Europe;Alsmeyer, Marie Bennett;1995

    Ride with the Wind; The Adventures of a Grandmother who Bicycled around the World;Hamlin, Charlotte;1997

    Roll Around Heaven All Day; A Piecemeal Journey Across America by Bicycle;Purdum, Stan;1997

    The Long Ride; Sumner, Lloyd; 1978

    Two Wheels around New Zealand; A bicycle journey on Friendly Roads;Bischke, Scott;1989

    The Road of Dreams; A Two-Year Bicycling and Hiking Adventure around the World;Junek, Bruce B.;1991

    Ironhourse Rider; A Coast to Coast Bicycle Odyssey;Turner, Bo;1996

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    wow wellshorten that is quite a list..
    i have read only a few of them, getting methenys' sp? book tomorrow if its available..
    nancy clark is sooooo good. for nutrition.. its helped me prepare for some very long endurance rides.
    currently reading Lances book(got it for quite a bargain)and have Friels training book right now.
    Quotable cyclist was given to me while in recovery.. nice little book.

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    Wellshorton, it seems we have read some of the same books. But the books you have read that I have not yet, are going to be added to my list of "Books to be Read", thanks for that.

    Where did you purchase all of your books? I have had to order one from Amazon.com, unfortunatly it was a used copy, I prefere new when possible. All of the rest were either purchsed from or ordered through B.Dalton/Barnes and Noble. If a sotre has it in stock I purchase it from the store, if not I have them order it in for me. I have a readers discount card that comes in handy, saves 10% per purchase. I have yet to use BN.com to order a book. If I have to do that I only get a 5% discount with my card. So you see the reason I'd rather order from or purchase at one of the stores.

    The only reason I had to order from Amazon is B.Dalton/Barnes and Noble could not order the book. But I prefere to deal with them rather then Amazon.

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    The only one I have that has not been mentioned is Zinn and the Art of Mountain Bike Maitenence by Lennard Zinn.
    Strike like an eagle and sacrifice the dove.
    Words and Stuff.

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    I have a few more, but just didn't include them in the list. Whenever I can I look for different ones in bike shops, used book stores, and some of the larger independant book stores. It's taken a while to collect them plus find time to read them but I try to keep with them.

    Right now I am reading Thomas Stevens' book Around the World by Bicycle written in the 1880's. It was just recently republished and available from bookstores. It's a long read with amazing detail. This guy rode around the world first and had pretty bad equipment, not to mention almost nonexistant roads!

    Wells

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    Another great book, if you are interested in how they got this way recently, is

    Kolin, Michael J., and denise M. de la Rosa.
    THE CUSTOM BICYCLE: BUYING, SETTING UP, AND RIDING THE QUALITY BICYCLE.
    1979, third printing.


    Interviews with several leaders of the day about the hows and whys of their bicycles.

    Cheers...Gary

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    Just ordered On The Trail Of Marco Polo. While I await its arrival I am still reading Changing Gears. When I am finished with Changing Gears and start reading On the Trail Of Marco Polo I will order another book, don't know which one yet though.

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    I just finished The Heart Rate Monitor Book for Cyclists by
    Sally Edwards and Sally Reed.
    A real good book to help you get on the right track using
    heart rate monitor training.

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    Just finished 'Journey to the Centre of The Earth' by the Crane cousins, fascinating read.

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    Currently riding an MTB with a split personality - commuting, touring, riding for the sake of riding, on or off road :)

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    I strongly recommend Road to Montevideo , a single woman's one-year bicycle adventure in South America 1941-42, by Helen Richardson Coyle. It is privately published by her son, Bill Coyle (wtcoyle@hotmail.com), $11.50 including S&H. I learned about it from a review in the Adventure Cycling mag. Basically, her plan to cycle through all of South America was interrupted in Montevideo, Uraguay; because a single woman cycling was so strange that it was assumed she had to be a spy. In fact, it sounds like she was very lucky to get out with just having her trip ended.

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    Some favorites of mine I didn't see mentioned:

    Bicycling Medicine, Arnie Baker, M.D. Lots of good medical and health advice from a Doctor and note-worthy racer.

    Efffective Cycling, John Forester. If you get this book, the very first thing to read is at the end of chapter 37 (in the revision I have), where he quotes John Scott's description of the Sonora Pass. Forester's breadth and depth of knowledge on cycling is amazing. Some info is dated, some you might disagree with, but everything is worth a read.

    Greg LeMond's complete boot of Bicycling, Greg LeMond and Kent Gordis. This one may be out of print, and much of the information seems pretty dated, now. But what I like is that it has a lot of good common sense advice, and seems a lot less "clinical" and fanatical than a lot of books. It's also interesting to read Greg's account of his early (pre-European) career. To hear him tell it, racing and winning came as easily to him as breathing.

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