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Old 10-13-05, 09:33 PM   #1
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RIP - Tom Cuthbertson

Bicycles were fairly popular in the USA before WW2. Cars took over during the post-war economic and highway-building boom. The anti-war and pro-environment movement of the 1970s brought bicycles back into popularity. Tom Cuthbertson's "Anybody's Bike Book" was probably the most informative and best selling bicycle book of that time.

Cycling Author Tom Cuthbertson Dies of Cancer

OCTOBER 12, 2005 -- SANTA CRUZ, CA (BRAIN)—Tom Cuthbertson, cycling author and enthusiast, died Monday evening of cancer. He was 60 years old.

Cuthbertson helped fuel the 10-speed boom of the ‘70s with his work Anybody's Bike Book, one of the best-selling bicycle repair manuals written. Cuthbertson also wrote Bike Tripping, Bike Bag Book, and a series of technical articles for Bicycling magazine during the ‘80s.

Cuthbertson is survived by his wife, Colleen Brokaw, his sons Cory and Ian and his stepchildren Dylan and Chancy.

The family has asked that any donations be sent to Colleen Brokaw, 170 Peach Terrace, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. The donations will be used to pay off Cuthbertson’s medical expenses, and leftover funds will go to the Red Cross and Salvation Army.

The Santa Cruz County Cycling Club is planning a fundraising memorial ride for Cuthbertson, though details have not yet been released.
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Wow, I hadn't seen. That's a shame. I still have my dog-eared, grease-stained copy of Anybody's Bike Book around here somewhere. Its blend of good advice, good humor and good politics definitely helped to propel me into cycling.
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"Anybody's Bike Book" That's where I first learned how to work on bikes. Besides it's relaxed style it contained some wonderful illustrations.
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Yeah, me too. "Anybody's Bike Book" got me started doing it myself. That and Richard's Bicycle Book back in the early 70's. Great stuff, great times.
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