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Old 01-18-23, 11:42 AM
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Most interesting or fun bike books you have read

Thought I would follow-up on the best biking YouTube videos with the best cycling books you have read.

My fave so far: The Mid-life Cyclist by Phil Cavell
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Old 01-18-23, 12:03 PM
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The Rider by Tim Krabbe.
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I thought Being Gary Fisher: An Autobiography was entertaining, although I'm not crazy about the magazine-style format.

Samuel Abt writes about cycling well. His 1985 book, Breakaway, is kind of a classic.
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Well, I recently read
Two Wheels Good -
The history and mystery of bicycle
by Jody Rosen (5/24/2022). Im always reading something, but this book I didnt really find entertaining. I felt he focused too much on the utility tricycles in Bangladesh.

Dan

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Old 01-18-23, 01:39 PM
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Faster by Michael Hutchinson : The obsession, Science and Luck behind the World’s Fastest Cyclists
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The Dancing Chain by Frank Berto. An exhaustive look at the development of the derailleur in particular and bikes in general. Very dense and informative. Illustrations are sublime.

Not a quick or easy read but worth it.

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Old 01-18-23, 04:55 PM
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Didn’t read the book, but watched the video series and plan to read the book.

2 Years on A bike.

Phenomenal journey, incredible story and images.
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The Ultimate Bicycle Owners Manual and Bike Snob by BSNYC were entertaining.

If you want the stretch the definition of book then Yehuda Moon

I like Just Ride by Grant Peterson, it wasn't make you smile entertaining but I liked it.

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Old 01-19-23, 07:25 AM
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I found this in the free library at work. I really enjoyed it. Guy does seem a bit crazy, but he did it.
https://smile.amazon.com/Mud-Sweat-G...ps%2C86&sr=8-1
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I am reading Japanese Steel by William Bevington right now. I paid $36 for it and thought I would like it, but, happily, it turns out that like it a whole lot more than I thought I would. The book is full of outstanding photography by Scott Ryder and a lot more informative text than I expected.
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The Secret Race, by Tyler Hamilton.

It’s the inside story on how Lance and his team was able to get away with doping for so long.
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Haven't read many biking books. I did read Just Ride by Grant Peterson and Bicycle Diaries by David Byrne. In the fall, I read Get Up and Ride by Jim Shea. It's about his ride on the Great Allegheny Passage with his brother-in-law. It was okay, probably more meaningful to someone from Pittsburgh, due to all of the locations mentioned.
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Shimano 100 Works

Shimano 100 Works, the book is an easy read and the pics aint too bad!

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Just started Miles From Nowhere by Barbara Savage, a story of a 2 year worldwide bike tour they began as almost completer novices. Pretty fun, easy read and some good info if you're thinking about doing some touring.
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The Lost Cyclist by David V. Herlihy. Circa 1880s. Guy starts around the world on a safety and disappears.

Around the World on a Bicycle by Thomas Stevens. On a high wheeler. You have to accept or ignore his racist comments about the people he meets.
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Not having read a good bike book with a decent plot and story I have to say the pickings are slim. Come on you'se guys... There's gotta be something out there...
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I haven't read any of these because I don't read much fiction.

But here you go.

​​​​​​https://www.theguardian.com/books/20...cycling-novels
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Great Book

Just finished Hearts of Lions by Peter Joffre Nye, The History of American Bicycle Racing. I learned a lot.
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Icons by Brad Wiggins. I never realised how much he was into cycling history. It's a great read and not too heavy.

In Search of Robert Millar. I picked this up on Amazon Unlimited and didn't expect much. But it turned out to be a fascinating read.

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The Masked Rider, by Neil Peart (late drummer of the band Rush) is a surprisingly good read about his bicycle travels in West Africa.

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A few favourites.

Pro (World Tour) cycling:
Half Man, Half Bike: Life of Eddie Merckx. William Fotheringham
The Death of Marco Pantani. Matt Rendell
The Monuments. Peter Cossins

Bikes and stuff: It's All About The Bike. Robert Penn

Mtb -- British fellow rides the Divide: Eat, Sleep, Ride. Paul Howard
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Good Anxiety: Harnessing the Power of the Most Misunderstood Emotion Hardcover – September 7, 2021


by Dr Wendy Suzuki (Author)
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Over the Hills: A Midlife Escape Across America by Bicycle

This is an excellent read
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