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    Best Bike Book(s) Ever?

    It's a heck of a lot easier collecting bike books than bikes space-wise but I collect both. So I thought I'd start a thread where people could talk about what they think is the best bike book (and why). I'll start. My all time fav is simply entitled "The Bicycling Book" and then subtitled "Bicycling--the best thing man has ever done." Hard to argue with either the title or the subtitle (OK is should have been titled the best thing man or woman has ever done, . The book was published in 1982 by the Dial Press and consists of a bunch of articles by people with a lot of expertise over subjects that they are passionate about. The late Beryl Burton (and if you don't know who she is, you need to google her) gives a great account of what it's like to race as a woman. There's a really fun article by a writer in Finland who tells you how to ride there in the winter. There's a really fun piece on klunkers since this when some enthusiasts in CA were modifying bikes to ride offroad.

    I could go on but what sets this book apart is that it is a collective effort (over 100 articles) written by experts and each piece is very short. There isn't any marketing BS; there isn't a bunch of techno speak; it is simply written by people who are passionate about what they are doing and want to share that passion with others.

    Edit: this is a link to the book: http://www.amazon.com/The-Bicycling-.../dp/0385276664
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    Beryl Burton was a giant of the sport, one of the greatest time-triallists ever, male or female. Simply astonishing.

    As for books, the best cycling book I have ever read is a novel: "The Rider" by Tim Krabbe. Read it if you want to get inside a racing cyclist's head.
    There have been many days when I haven't felt like riding, but there has never been a day when I was sorry I rode.

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    Curious George Rides A Bike - H.A. Rey

    Bicycling Bliss - Portia Masterson

    Bicycling Science - David Gordon Wilson
    "He who serves all, best serves himself" Jack London

    Quote Originally Posted by Bjforrestal View Post
    I don't care if you are on a unicycle, as long as you're not using a motor to get places you get props from me. We're here to support each other. Share ideas, and motivate one another to actually keep doing it.

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    The Dancing Chain by Frank Berto.

    The Quotable Cyclist by Bill Strickland

    Major Taylor: The Extraordinary Career of a Champion Bicycle Racer by Andrew Ritchie

    Bicycles in War by Martin Caidin

    Friends by Helme Heine. Much sweeter than Curious George Rides a Bike.
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    Solo Without Pie. The search for pie in the Midwest.
    Picking the Scablands. Washington and Oregon, 2005. Pie and spiders on the Columbia River!
    Days of Wineless Roads. Bed and Breakfasting along the KATY
    Twisting Down the Alley. Misadventures in tornado alley.
    An Good Ol' Fashion Appalachian Butt Whoopin'.

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    Urban Bikers' Tricks & Tips by Dave Glowacz

    The Art of Cycling by Robert Hurst

    The Immortal Class by Travis Hugh Culley

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    Joe "Metal Cowboy" Kurmaskie has 5 books out now; I have them all:

    METAL COWBOY: Tales of the Road Less Pedaled
    Riding Outside the Lines
    Momentum is Your Friend
    Mud, Sweat, and Gears
    You Might Be a Cyclist If....


    A little less engaging, but still a good read, is Rolling Around Heaven All Day, by Stan Purdum.

    The Quotable Cyclist is sweet, too, I have that as well.

    Bicycling for Dummies has some good information, as well.

    Personally, though, I'd pass on Liggett's Dancing On the Pedals; it was a BIG letdown. I couldn't even GIVE that one away, had to TRASH it. I also had a hardcover edition of Spokesongs by Willie Weir; I have a 10-month-old nephew who likes to handle things, so I let him handle that one. Best use for it.

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    I visited Belgium, My Host, in Ypres, was amassing a nice collection of large format books
    on Cycle racing History of that end of the country, Flanders..

    writers that cycle Tom Vernon , wrote and did a TV show , Fatman on a Bike
    touring, festivals, and dining.. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Vernon
    Dervla Murphy many Books including Full Tilt Ireland To India by bicycle.
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    Ballentines http://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Bicyc...mate+bike+book
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    Lance Armstrong's War by Daniel Coyle

    It's All About the Bike by Robert Penn

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    Bicycle Builder's Bonanza - Atomic Zombie
    "He who serves all, best serves himself" Jack London

    Quote Originally Posted by Bjforrestal View Post
    I don't care if you are on a unicycle, as long as you're not using a motor to get places you get props from me. We're here to support each other. Share ideas, and motivate one another to actually keep doing it.

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