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How many times have you read Tim Krabbe's book "THE RIDER"?

Old 01-04-11, 10:13 AM
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How many times have you read Tim Krabbe's book "THE RIDER"?

5th time down for me, and it gets better every time...
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Old 01-04-11, 10:15 AM
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Three times I think. I've lent it to others to read more times than that.
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Twice..... very good book.
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twice...and I don't normally read books more than once.
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67 years young, and he's still racing.

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I'm almost done with the first time through it and will finish it up today at lunch. I will read it again, no doubt. Fantastic read!
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twice! great book.
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Only twice. I think it's the best cycling book I've ever read, and I've read everything I can get my hands on.
Sometimes I loan it out and people tell me "It was OK." which just amazes me.
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One. I read it in about three hours non-stop. Mesmerizing!
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67 years young, and he's still racing.

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It's one of the rare books that gets better with every read. Seriously - it's amazing how much quality and nuance is in there. The first time through, you're just in it to see how he fares, but the other times, you can really get into their heads for the moments they're racing.
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I read it once but I plan to read it again in the future.
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only once, but that was because i loaned it to a friend a year ago and he hasn't returned it yet. of course, he may be holding it hostage since i borrowed one from him about 4 years ago that i have yet to return (or read for that matter).
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Ach, every three or four months for five years. Now trying to annotate the thing. i think this book is like the 'Genesis' of roadcycling. A perfect storm of a brain, a muse, a bike.
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once, and loved it
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Originally Posted by hhnngg1 View Post
It's one of the rare books that gets better with every read. Seriously - it's amazing how much quality and nuance is in there. The first time through, you're just in it to see how he fares, but the other times, you can really get into their heads for the moments they're racing.
Yeah. Twice for me. A superb read.
First time, I just wanted to get a feel for it. Second time, I read a lot more into it.
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twicet.
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Never even heard of it. What's it about?
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Not in the library, so zero.
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Never even heard of it. What's it about?
I'm with you. ???
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Just finished my second reading of it the other week. I liked it better the second time around, not that the first I didn't like it. It was just much better the second time.
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It's on my nightstand. First time through it.
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Once, and I really didn't think it was as great as all the hype on here led me to believe. It was good, but not mind blowing. Here's a short review I wrote. Then again, I'm a noob. Maybe I need to learn more and re-read in the future to fully appreciate the book.
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Once, in two sessions over two days. I was amazed at how well he captured the emotion of the sport. I'll definitely read it again at some point.
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Once, and I really didn't think it was as great as all the hype on here led me to believe. It was good, but not mind blowing. Here's a short review I wrote. Then again, I'm a noob. Maybe I need to learn more and re-read in the future to fully appreciate the book.
FYI - This is NOT a book that is meant to be a quick-read, and folks with short attention spans (and who customarily read books catering to short-attention spans, or short-content material) won't quite get the gist of it, especially on the first pass.

Start riding/racing more, and the more seriously you take the sport, the more meaningful you'll find the nuance. It's not just good because it's a cycling book - it's actually a beautiful piece of literature on its own. But definitely not meant for quick-fix consumption.

And when you start reading a lot of literature, of all different fields, you'll start to really realize how rare it is for someone to capture the essence of ANY activity in writing as well.

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