Best cycling adventure book, any ideas?

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Best cycling adventure book, any ideas?

Postby Penfold » 30 Jan 2007, 4:08pm

Any thoughts on 'must read' cycling books?

I enjoyed Lance Armstrongs series of books, I enjoyed Josie Dews travel books, I have the first of Alastair Humphreys around the world books
( Link here http://www.alastairhumphreys.com/index.html )

In need of some more inspiring reading, any sugestions? :idea:
I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything,
I still believe that people are really good at heart.
- Anne Frank

There is a forgotten, nay almost forbidden word, which means more to me than any other. That word is England.
- Winston Churchill

reohn2

Postby reohn2 » 30 Jan 2007, 4:47pm

The Third Policeman by Flann O'Brien.
Beware though it can be a bit dark in parts.
One Kilometre and we're the showers,don't know the author as I can't put my hand on it at the mo, unless I've lent it out.

Stan have you got it? If so tell us the author :)


this has the potential for a good thread

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Postby sedwin » 30 Jan 2007, 7:29pm

No, sorry John, I had already read it . You might have offered it to Wes?
The Author's name is Tim Hilton.

Bob H

Postby Bob H » 30 Jan 2007, 7:54pm

"Round the World on a Wheel" by John Foster Fraser. ISBN 0-7088-4268-2 Makes us cyclists today seem" like softies!

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Postby horizon » 30 Jan 2007, 9:47pm

Does anyone know if Ray Reece wrote a book? He went RTW in the early 70s and got lots of stick for doing it on a racing bike.

Tallis the Tortoise

Postby Tallis the Tortoise » 31 Jan 2007, 8:56am

I've read "Bicycles up Kilimanjaro" by Nick and Richard Crane and am part way through "Journey to the Centre of the Earth" by the same authors. Both books are a great laugh. Hard to believe that Nick Crane sawed his gear lever in half and cut the labels from his clothes to save weight in JCE yet recently walked around with a brolly strapped to his backpack for the BBC "Coast" series.

Andy :-)

Hugo

Dervla Murphy

Postby Hugo » 31 Jan 2007, 9:37am

Dervla Murphy on South Africa.

She did it in two sections, and dressed as a man.
Name of book eludes me..

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Postby Mick F » 31 Jan 2007, 12:32pm

Wasn't there an Enid Blyton "Famous Five" book with the kids on bikes? Those were the best adventure books ever written! (Smiles to himself!)

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Postby mankymitts » 31 Jan 2007, 12:41pm

Flying Scotsman by Graeme Obree is a great read. Couldn't put it down. A very honest book not ghost written like Lance's.

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Postby Penfold » 31 Jan 2007, 12:43pm

8)

Some good looking reads being posted, keep 'em coming. I got a birthday in March so HID needs a few ideas :idea: for the list of prezzies. :wink:
I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything,
I still believe that people are really good at heart.
- Anne Frank

There is a forgotten, nay almost forbidden word, which means more to me than any other. That word is England.
- Winston Churchill

Guy

Postby Guy » 31 Jan 2007, 1:15pm

Some of my favourites:

Rough Ride - Paul Kimmage

Fat Man On A Bicycle & Fat Man On A Roman Road - Tom Vernon

Greece On My Wheels - Edward Enfield

Or, a bit junior but still a damn' good read: The Big Loop - Claire Huchet Bishop

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Postby bikepacker » 31 Jan 2007, 2:19pm

Miles from Nowhere
Roll around Heaven all day
The road that has no end
Boomerang Road
Off the map
Lone Traveller
Where the pavement ends
Full Tilt


If anyone has a copy of Metal Cowboy or Journey Home they would like to swap for Roll around Heaven all day or Miles from Nowhere, let me know.
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uphill88

Postby uphill88 » 31 Jan 2007, 2:34pm

For a good laugh try French Revolutions[cycling the tour de france]byTim Moore published by vintage.

Guy

Postby Guy » 31 Jan 2007, 2:53pm

uphill88 wrote:For a good laugh try French Revolutions[cycling the tour de france]byTim Moore published by vintage.

It is a laugh, but it's littered with unnecessary obscenities which spoiled it a bit for me.

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Postby Si » 31 Jan 2007, 3:28pm

Discovery Road by T. Garratt - a tale of adventure, well written and doesn't take itself too seriously - I really liked it.