I have a (leftover from Christmas) gift certificate for a local bookstore and I would like to buy a good cycling reference book with it.
What book would you consider to be the most comprehensive and useful for a new cyclist? There are many books available which makes it overwhelming.
In flipping through some books, one called Effective Cycling by John Forester looked pretty good.
If you could only choose one book, what is your "can't live without" Bike Bible?
Let me add that I would like to find a book that has solid coverage of...
- Safety/road rules (USA)
- Basic bike maintenance along with info about some of the more complex repairs... even if I don't perform these repairs myself, I like to understand how things work
- The basics of cadence, gearing, etc. and how various techniques contribute to better overall riding
- Fitness improvement (interested in touring rather than racing)
Ok, maybe I'm dreaming about finding all of that in ONE book, but humor me here, ok?
P.S. Yes, I'm aware of the Sheldonbrown site and have read some of those articles. Very useful. Sometimes it's nice to have a real book as a reference though.