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Old 03-23-14, 04:58 AM
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Do we have a C & V library?

I have just bought 2 more old bicycle books on Amazon, and I got to thinking I wonder what other books I have not heard about, or just simply missed.
Is there a thread to talk about or suggest books worth a read?
I have just bought
Understanding, maintaining and riding the Ten speed bicycle by Denise M. de la Rosa and Micheal J Kolin,
and also,
Glenn's New Complete Bicycle Manual by Clarence W. Cole's & Harold T. Glenn, Revised by John Allen.( I have the original too, lots of good info.)

I also have
Richards Bicycle book from 1973 . . interesting read, and proper use of grammar?!
Richards Ultimate bicycle book, and a few more.
Are there any others you could recommend?

Thanks all. Paul
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I used this one back when. Still have it.
The All New Complete Book of Bicycling 1981 by Eugene A Sloane 0671249673 0671249673 | eBay

And the other book by Kolin and De la Rosa is, I think, the best book on bikes from the greatest era.
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Frank Berto's "Upgrading Your Bike". Written in the late 1980s, it does a nice job describing components from that era.

You'll see used ones on Amazon for well under $1, plus shipping.


https://www.amazon.com/Bicycling-Maga...g+your+bicycle
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The Bicycle Wheel by Jobst Brandt is a really good reference on wheel building.
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I really enjoy Anybody's Bike Book by Tom Cuthberson.
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I've found Basic Bicycle Guide to be a revealing read.

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Nice SuperSport!
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If you like high end bikes from the early 80's period, and Campagnolo components, as well as others, I can recommend
The High Tech Bicycle".
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I'm fond of "Every Man His Own Mechanic", by Francis Young. If you find one of the later editions, circa. 1920 (there's an undated blue clothbound edition from this period that's somewhat common on eBay), it'll include a pretty exhaustive chapter on bicycle maintenance. Truth be told, not a lot has changed in the last hundred years, but it's still a fun read.

"The Modern Bicycle" by Schwalbach and Wilcox from 1898 is slightly less practical, but quite entertaining.
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Nice SuperSport!
Was there a Super Sport in that picture?
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I've found Basic Bicycle Guide to be a revealing read.
The 70s were a wonderful place to grow up. Can't remember quite why I left. Something to do with the allure of Rubik's cubes and girls with big hair.
Are there more good pictures inside?
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Have been thinking a lot about this as I get some classic bikes back on the road, including the 1974 Jack Taylor that I recently wrote about (https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...r-britain.html). I like to use period-correct components if I can. To eke out best performance, or push the gearing as far as possible, or minimize weight, or stay true to a particular country or era I have found the following to be particularly useful:

1) For great historical overview, decade-by-decade summaries of sales and trends, and tons of pictures of components: "The Dancing Chain" by Frank Berto.

2) For fabulous technical summaries of most parts of bikes from 1970s and 1980s: "Upgrading your Bike" by Frank Berto. This was written just at the transition from classic Campagnolo/Simplex/Suntour - 5/6 speed friction shifting bikes with toe clip pedals to the Shimano-dominated era of indexed shifting bikes with clipless pedals. As a result, the book has excellent coverage of both the 70's and 80's, with tons of tables summarizing features, dimensions, and functional tests of both older and newer components.

3) A well-written, efficient, and sometimes acerbic and entertaining series of equipment articles from mid 70s by Joe Kossack, former technical editor of Bike World magazine. The 70 pages or so of Kossak articles are packaged together in an inexpensive reprint with a series on frame building articles by Tom Ritchey, Richard Sachs, Colin Laing and others. Outstanding collection and well worth the $14 cost from Velo-Retro: Vintage Catalog Reprints.

4) Good book on maintenance and repair of bike parts, written at a time when most examples and photos come from C&V era: "Glenn's New Complete Bike Manual."

5) A classic from the early 70's bike boom era. "The New Complete Book of Bicycling" by Eugene Sloane. Sloane's 500 page tome was the most complete book available when 10 speed bike sales exploded between 1970 and 1974. Available in multiple editions, but the I like the 1974 version that came out when bikes were everything to us in junior high and high school (see picture below).

6) Finally, a mid-70's shop catalog that deserves mention because of its abundant photos, comparisons, comments, and uniform listing of both weights and prices of components from the era. Pages are available as a catalog scan on-line.
Palo Alto Bicycles 1976. Take a look at this page as one example of the useful information collected in the catalog:
p30.jpg.

The most used items in my C&V reference library:
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1) Yellow Jersey - Ralph Hurne



2) The Rider - Tim Krabbe



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1) Put Me Back on My Bike: In Search of Tom Simpson - William Fotheringham




2) Road to Valor - Aili and Andres McConnon

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Are there more good pictures inside?
Most of the pics in the book are NSFW.
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Nice SuperSport!
There was a bike ?
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Of course there's always Catch Me If You Can, by Rance Hamstrung. Contrary to popular misconception it's not about dopers on the pro tour…but about dopes in the suburbs who hack derailleur hangers off perfectly good frames under the cover of darkness.
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Does NSFW stand for to hot to post here or to dull to bother?
What was Greg Lemond's book called? I liked that one.
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Do we have a C & V library?

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Six Days of Madness by Ted Harper for you vintage track guys. Awesome.
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I really enjoy Anybody's Bike Book by Tom Cuthberson.
I remember reading that in about 1973.
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Was there a Super Sport in that picture?
Its holding up the bike.
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I really am getting a lot of information from my recent purchase of Bicycling Quarterly back issues. also, the Rivendell Readers are available on memory stick (up to issue 39) - rest are free online.

I think it depends where you are in the hobby as to the relevance of reference material.

and I do appreciate links posted here - especially the Sutherland handbook!
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History

Hearts book especially interesting info on early racing in US. Six day bike race anyone?
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