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Old 01-19-24, 09:27 AM
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Originally Posted by non-fixie
1. We waren allemaal goden ("We were all gods") by Benjo Maso. About the 1948 Tour de France. Great story about the race, as well as about its political implications in post-war Europe, especially Italy.


I have a Japanese translation.
A friend, who's a German teacher, translated it from a German book.
Maso is a sociologist and investigated TdF 1948 thoroughly like his job.
It is a really great story.


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Originally Posted by darkmoon
I have a Japanese translation.
A friend, who's a German teacher, translated it from a German book.
Maso is a sociologist and investigated TdF 1948 thoroughly like his job.
It is a really great story.


Thank you, darkmoon ! Really appreciated. I didn't know there was a Japanese translation. Cool that it has the original Dutch title on the jacket as well.

And yes, it is a great story. Who knows what Italy, or Europe for that matter, would have looked like if that Tour de France had ended differently.
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Originally Posted by bironi
I have read several cycling books over the years that brought me pleasure and insight.
Most have faded in my mind.
But the one story I have kept bookmarked for years is Harriet Fell's story of her PBP ride while working in France.
A fun simple read.

https://www.khoury.northeastern.edu/...l/PBP1975.html
Thank you for that link. "A chicken, whole and roasted" sounds like a wonderful thing to bring along for a long ride. Or a short one, for that matter.
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The Complete Book of Bicycling by Eugene Sloane.
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Old 01-19-24, 09:33 PM
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Originally Posted by non-fixie
Thank you for that link. "A chicken, whole and roasted" sounds like a wonderful thing to bring along for a long ride. Or a short one, for that matter.
That's what has stuck with me as well.
The image of a roasted chicken in the handle bar bag to pick away as the km roll by.
Thanks!
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Sutherland's Handbook for Bicycle Mechanics

Bought this book in the 70's and still use it every now and then. Now days with Sheldon,Youtube, and our Forum, it is more or less retired.

Still... It has well earned it's place next to my Eshbach's and my Harrison's...
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Old 01-20-24, 04:18 AM
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Thank you.
"We were all gods"
I'll give it a go.
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Old 01-20-24, 08:10 AM
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Hilarious and on-point.
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Old 01-21-24, 07:03 PM
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The Long Ride is an inspirational story!

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The Long Ride by Lloyd Sumner. Young man from Charlottesville, VA decides to get on his Schwinn Super Sport and ride it around the world in the early 70’s. Adventures ensue, both with keeping his loaded down bike running and with the interesting places he ends up in. Highly recommended! Who doesn’t dream of being chased by domestic elephants while biking fully loaded uphill on a dirt road in Indonesia?
Many years ago I had read about the book but couldn’t find it anywhere (the internet wasn’t around at the time), so I called all the bookstores in my area. No dice. In my travels for work I visited bookstores to look for it. Still nothing. After about a year my wife and I were furniture shopping and some bookshelves had a few books on it for decoration. Unbelievably, one of them was The Long Ride. I was able to purchase the “decoration” and really enjoyed the read. The photo of the elephant chasing Lloyd down the road in the jungle is stunning. Great book!
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To quote Amazon, "An extended meditation on cycling as a practice of life..." and a tome worthy of rereading (MANY times!). This one is part of my permanent collection.

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I liked that book as well

Originally Posted by rando_couche
To quote Amazon, "An extended meditation on cycling as a practice of life..." and a tome worthy of rereading (MANY times!). This one is part of my permanent collection.

My money is on the guy with the smile, bare legs, sweater, no gloves and no helmet.
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Richard's Bicycle Book. I bought it in '71 along with a Panasonic Touring Deluxe and it made me a lifetime cyclist.

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​​​​​​The stories are pretty good, but what I really enjoyed was the super accurate depiction of late 80s early 90s Boston from a messenger's POV. However, I was (am) a little frustrated with the confusion over exactly when it is supposed to be set. He describes the Boston of the late 80s - early 90s in a way only someone who was really there would know: The Res, Foley's, The Rat, The Channel, Bunratty's, Tim's Tavern, etc etc, and loads of local music references. But then he also talks about modern stuff like iphones, facebook etc. Confusing.. I like to think it is an alternate reality of our Boston in Modern times....
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Don't think I have a favorite, but I enjoyed Stephen Roche's autobiography.

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