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Old 09-21-04, 03:13 PM
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Best book?

I got a $15 gift certificate for a book store the other day. So what's your favorite cycling book out there?
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Old 09-21-04, 04:05 PM
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Originally Posted by DXchulo
I got a $15 gift certificate for a book store the other day. So what's your favorite cycling book out there?
I really enjoyed both of Lance's books, especially the first one. I also liked Marla Streb's book.
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Joel Friel - The Cyclist's Training Bible is a standard if you're doing serious training.
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The Cyclist's Training Bible or Serious Cycling get my vote. Both are around $20 at the store and cheaper online.
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Tim Krabbe's "The Rider" is another option.
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I also recommend “Need for the Bike”. It’s a bunch of short vignettes about all aspects of cycling. Its something you can just pick up and read, and re-read over again.
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I too really enjoyed both of Lance's books, It's Not About the Bike and Every Second Counts but I've been a Ned Overend fan longer than I've been a fan of Lance and was delighted to get his book, Mountain Bike Like a Champion, which the owner of my FBS gave to me as a gift and had Ned autograph for me in person. I also just had to get Marla Streb's book, Downhill - The Life Story of a Gravity Goddess because I simply lust for^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^Hadore her. Another book that's great for the coffee table although I personally don't have a copy yet is, The Noblest Invention.
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Need for the bike....short essays, almost poetic.

Heft on Wheels by Mike Magnuson....love it. A memoir of an out of shape, drinker smoker who becomes a pretty good local racer. Magnuson is a writer by trade and he does it well.

The Race by Dave Shields. A boy from Utah makes it all the way to the TDF. Very good fiction.
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G'day,

"100 years of the TDF'......100's of great pictures, results of every stage ever, a chapter on each year...foreword by some bloke called Lance.........

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Two books I have found to be inspiring as well as good are Bernard Hinault's Road Racing Technique & Training and Joe Friel's Cyclist's Training Bible. At first glance, Friel's book might seem far too advanced for many of us, but what is great about the book is that with selective reading even novice riders can get their money's worth in each chapter. Hinault's book is nearly 20 years old, out of print, and hard to find, BUT it is filled with insight and inspiration--if you have a philosophical outlook. The line illustrations and photo series really helped me with technique.
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Miles from nowhere by Barbara Savage.
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Anyone ever read "Fast Cycle Time" by Christopher Meyer? A friend just gave it to me today and I was wondering if it would be worth the time. I'm not a racer or anything, but would like to improve my cycle time!!
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Bobke II - Bob Roll, and as mentioned above, The Ride - Dave Shields.
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I'm a big fan of Serious Cycling.
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For anyone entertaining the thought of trying real bike racing, "over there", A Dog in a Hat. This is the most realistic look at what entry level pro bike racing is like. I laughed all the way through it. Especially the payoffs and the negotiating on kermesse wins.

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