Of any good cycling books?

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Of any good cycling books?

Postby cycle cat » 15 Jan 2012, 2:00pm

I've read all of the Josie Dew ones.
I like reading about cycle touring.
Anything to do with cycling would be good.
History or maintenance.
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Re: Of any good cycling books?

Postby fausto copy » 15 Jan 2012, 3:49pm

Three really good, and favourite books of mine are:
French Revolutions, by Tim Moore
Discovery Road, by Tim Garratt & Andy Brown
It's Not About the Tapas, by Polly Evans.

Great touring stories, covering France, Australia & Spain.
I'm sure you'll love them too, given that you've read Josie's tales.

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Re: Of any good cycling books?

Postby comfortablynumb » 15 Jan 2012, 4:08pm

I have read some books by Anne Mustoe which I find very good for both the cycling and the more general content.
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Re: Of any good cycling books?

Postby farafield » 15 Jan 2012, 4:46pm

Try this site for ideas .. http://www.cycling-books.com/

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Postby Big T » 15 Jan 2012, 10:16pm

Most of Bettina Selby's books are worth a read. I'm currently reading Thunder and Sunshine (cycling south America and Asia) by Al Humphries - just finished Moods of Future Joys (Cycling through Europe and Africa). Also, Mark Beaumont's books.
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Re: Of any good cycling books?

Postby robs » 15 Jan 2012, 10:53pm

A favourite is Around the World on a Wheel, from Victorian times. Also any of Dervla Murphys, although they are not all cycling, they are quite amasing. Another vote for Anne Mustoe and Bettina Selby.
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Re: Of any good cycling books?

Postby scotsmanincumbria » 16 Jan 2012, 8:17am

I am currently reading 'one man and his bike' by Mike Carter - I am half way through it and it is a very enjoyable read, put back your faith in mankind
http://scotsmanincumbria.blogspot.com

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Re: Of any good cycling books?

Postby bikerpauline » 16 Jan 2012, 9:28am

Postcards from the edge of Britain by Peter Mann. An excellent account of his tour around the coast of Britain on a Moulton. Much better than Josie Dew's book on a similar journey.

http://www.petermann-online.co.uk/book1.html

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Re: Of any good cycling books?

Postby MLJ » 16 Jan 2012, 9:38am

All of Edward Enfield, particularly 'Greece on my Wheels'; Christian Miller, 'Daisy, Daisy'; Mary Elsy, 'Pedals and Petticoats'

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Postby HPFlashman » 16 Jan 2012, 4:44pm

scotsmanincumbria wrote:I am currently reading 'one man and his bike' by Mike Carter - I am half way through it and it is a very enjoyable read, put back your faith in mankind


I`ll second this, and also recommend "The bicycle diaries" and "The lone cyclist". All very different stories but good reads anyhow. :D
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Re: Of any good cycling books?

Postby pedalsheep » 16 Jan 2012, 7:14pm

scotsmanincumbria wrote:
I am currently reading 'one man and his bike' by Mike Carter - I am half way through it and it is a very enjoyable read, put back your faith in mankind



I enjoyed this very much too.
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Re: Of any good cycling books?

Postby reeze » 24 Jan 2012, 7:55am

If you wanted to be inspired try The Escape Artist: Life from the Saddle by Matt Seaton.

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Re: Of any good cycling books?

Postby benjaminn » 25 Jan 2012, 8:58pm

If you like the history of cycling, project Gutenberg is great:

Mark Twain:
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/70/70-h/ ... #2H_4_0017
scroll down to TAMING THE BICYCLE

or for cycle touring back in the days:

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/31111/31 ... 111-h.html
with some great pictures,

or

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/31111/31 ... 111-h.html

Have a browse and you'll find plenty more from every era of cycling. The primary sources are always more enlightening!

or for fiction based around cycling:

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1264/1264-h/1264-h.htm

by HG wells.

I've recently read "The Third Policeman" which isn't really about cycling but has a lot of Sturmey 3 speeds in it!

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Re: Of any good cycling books?

Postby vjosullivan » 27 Jan 2012, 3:52pm

benjaminn wrote:If you like the history of cycling, project Gutenberg is great

There's some good stuff in there. Thanks for the links.
Thomas Gaskell Allen and William Lewis Sachtleben in 'Across Asia on a Bicycle' (pub 1894) wrote:At last the front and rear parts of the machine became entirely separated. There was no such thing as steel to be found in the country, no tools fit to work with, and no one who knew the first principles of soldering. After endeavoring to convince the native blacksmiths that a delicate bicycle would not stand pounding like a Chinese cart-wheel, we took the matter into our own hands. An iron bar was placed in the hollow tubing to hold it in shape, and a band of telegraph wire passed round from front to rear, along the upper and lower rods, and then twisted so as to bring the two parts as tightly together as possible. With a waddling frame, and patched rear-wheel describing eccentric revolutions, we must have presented a rather comical appearance over the remaining thousand miles to the coast.
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