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Bicycling Magazine's Complete Book of Road Cycling Skills: Your Guide to Riding Faster, Stronger, Longer, and Safer [Paperback]

Ben Hewitt , The Editors of Bicycling Magazine , Ed Pavelka
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Jan. 15 1998
Bicycling Magazine's Complete Book of Road Cycling Skills by Ed Pavelka and the Editors of Bicycling Magazine will help you take your road cycling to the next level with the newest techniques, equipment, and skills from the leading magazine in the sport. Check out how to:

* Ensure your bike is in tip-top shape in 8 easy steps
* Boost your efficiency with smooth pedaling and proper form
* Brake without wasting speed or wiping out
* Ride safely in wet, cold, and hot weather
* Convert your mountain bike for the road
* Master the skills of riding in traffic
* Get long-distance secrets from the Race Across America record-holder
* Train indoors with these 5 workouts
* Prevent saddle sores, numbness, and knee pain
* Motivate yourself to train harder
* Discover the world of recumbents and tandems
* Sprint like a champion
* Attack hills for maximum fitness

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Maybe you're a novice who has yet to squeeze into that first pair of sexy Lycra shorts. Or perhaps you're a seasoned racer who is seeking ways to become stronger and faster. Whatever the case, you will be well served by Ed Pavelka's comprehensive guide, which takes the reader on a highly readable ride through road cycling--from the basics of handling and maintenance to the subtle intricacies of racing. Instead of asking the reader to take his word on every subject, Pavelka has gathered a cast of Olympians and renowned mechanics to tackle whichever topic reflects his or her strongest suit. Besides the basics, chapters also include in-depth advice on sprinting, hill climbing, using heart monitors effectively, training indoors during the wintry months, and even surviving your commute in the concrete jungle. If that's not enough, Pavelka has devoted an entire section to medical concerns, including overtraining, sore knees, and saddle sores. --Ben Tiffany


"In this book are all the basic techniques and skills we use in pro road racing, translated for fast recreational riders."--Ron Kiefel, former pro cyclist

"Bicycling magazine has assembled the most comprehensive book about road cycling in recent years. Everything you need to know about this wonderful sport is clearly presented and easy to put to use."--Alex Stieda, first North American to lead the Tour de France

"Cycling is a sport to be enjoyed for a lifetime. Learn from the experts, test your limits, then go explore the world."--Karen Kurreck, former world time trial champion

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4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the time and money! Jan. 13 2013
By gilikeu
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I am new to road biking, but no stranger to biking. I have biked for most of my life. At 50 I have purchased my first road bike. This book has helped me with many of the questions that I had and satified many of my fears. Each chapter is written by a different individual on a new topic. Great information. Some real good safety tips if you plan to ride in traffic as well.
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3.0 out of 5 stars 45 articles about cycling bundled and grouped Jan. 6 2001
This book comprise of 45 articles which are neatly grouped into eigth sections. There are lot of good tips in here, especially for the beginning cyclist. But some subjects are always so extensive that is difficult to include all of it in one article. Despite of that fact I particularly liked the chapter describing how the three different energy systems work ("Pedal Power").
The eight sections are: The basics, essential skills, safety in traffic, riding stronger and longer, year-round improvement, fueling your engine, medical concerns and special bikes.
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2.0 out of 5 stars This book is for advanced cyclists only Feb. 12 2011
I was recently "voluntold" that I would be participating in a 300km charity bike ride. While I do ride my bike to work and back on a daily basis (17km each way), I still thought it best to read a few books to train for the ride. This book was not what I expected, it definitely seems geared to those who are interested in riding for speed and/or races. Also, the terms were very technical and would only be familiar to those who cycle for sport rather than leisure. A good purchase if you're hoping to train for the Tour de France, not so good if you're hoping to just train for a charity bike ride.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Complete book of Road Cycling July 6 2009
By Norm U
I am a fairly serious cyclist and I ride a Hybrid bike. Althought this book is aimed more at road cyclists and racers, I found it very usefull . The authors tips on increasing endurance and speed, road safety, cycling injury prevention and treatment, understanding of the bodies energy sources and how they work are all usfull to anyone who rides a lot.
If you ride a lot this book is a worthwhile read.
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I have been cycling recreationally for a number of years, and want to learn more and improve.
I have looked at a couple of books, but this one is excellent:
1. All the chapters are short, relevant and written in plain understandable English
2. Within a couple of pages you have several useful tips
3. It has helped me dramatically improve very quickly
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not For the Recreational Cyclist June 29 2003
By A Customer
This book seems more concerned with anecdotes about professional cyclists than it is with providing information for the recreational cyclist. It has way too much crowing by the author about his cycling exploits and some dubious advice ("Breathe through your nose.") There is some mystifying blather ("The modern-day road ride is a big-ring hammerfest, where style and form disappear as riders start getting blown off the back when the action heats up.") and an interview with some guy who rides 1,000 miles a week-worthless for the average rider. Some good advice about hydration and safety but not much else.
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