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Cycling Books. Reviews and Other Lit Crit.
When we're not doing it we like to read about it. Find ye here: book reviews and extracts from our favourite cycling writers.
A review of Philippe Brunei's book by SIMON LEVERMORE
ARTHUR CLUNE reviews a book by Jacques Seray, which gives a fascinating insight into the history and intrigue of cycling’s greatest race.
Intrepid pedaller JOSIE DEW enjoyed the car-(and cyclist-) free roads of Nova Scotia. The scenery was stunning and the locals incredulous but welcoming
From BETTINA SELBY'S book of the Outer Hebrides, entitled The Fragile Islands.
In a not-so-recently published book on the life of Toulouse-Lautrec, JULIA FREY relates how, although his physical disabilities barred him from riding a bike they were unable diminish his passion for cyclesport.
A review of a book by ANDREW RITCHIE.
The writer COMPTON MACKENZIE was fourteen years old when the great bicycle boom swept through the British middle classes. In this extract from his book, My Life and Times, he describes the excitement which cycling brought to his life.
Steel and aluminium are the most commonly used cycle frame materials. In this extract from his book MIKE BURROWS explains what the numbers mean and how the tubes are joined together.
The shape of cycle frames, constrained by the characteristics of available materials, has hardly changed in over 100 years. In this extract from his book MIKE BURROWS considers how developments in materials technology will shape the future.
How do world travellers settle down again to their own beds? Or do they ever? LYNNE CURRY went to meet Anne Mustoe
Having lots of gears is very fashionable, but they add weight and complexity. In this extract from his book MIKE BURROWS asks: do we really need them?
In this extract from his book MIKE BURROWS asks; How much of wheel lore is science and how much myth? Do spoking patterns make a difference? And do disc wheels give a hard ride?
By improving your pedalling technique you can ride further and faster with less effort. Here, in an extract from his book, 'Cycling for Fitness', JOHN SCHUBERT explains how it can be done
In this extract from his book, Bicycle Design, MIKE BURROWS looks at how we lubricate our bikes
DOUGLAS MARCHANT, had a library of over two thousand cycling books and pamphlets, we asked him to recall some of his favourite pieces.
“Boldness Be My Friend” is the thrilling true-life account of WW2 POW escapee RICHARD PAPE’s attempts to evade re-capture and keep ahead of his German pursuers across Northern Europe. Illustration by DAVID ECCLES
Brakes played no great role in the cycling exploits of LAURIE LEE's mother. In his famous book, ‘Cider with Rosie’ he describes some of her alternative techniques:
Written by TONY WHEELER with photographs by RICHARD L'ANSON.
An extract from WILLIAM SAROYAN'S book
Cantilevered wheels may look odd, but they make sense for many bikes. In an extract from his book, Bicycle Design, MIKE BURROWS examines the monoblade alternative.
'A practical guide for people who want to reduce their car use by making simple changes to their travel habits, or by sharing or giving up their car'. By ANNA SEMLYEN. Reviewed by MICK ALLAN.
MARTINA SCHWAGER reviews Dörte Blechmann’s book‚ Wehe wenn sie losgelassen (Once you let them off the leash…), which charts the early days of women’s cycling in Germany.