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Bicycling Magazine's Complete Book of Road Cycling Skills: Your Guide to Riding Faster, Stronger, Longer, and Safer Paperback – Jan 15 1998


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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (Jan. 15 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875964869
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875964867
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.7 x 22.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #95,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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"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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rune Antonsen on Jan. 6 2001
Format: Paperback
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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As a long-time car driver who just made the 'switch' to cycle commuting, I had a lot of anxieties regarding safe and intelligent operation of a bicycle on roads shared with automobiles. This book served the purpose admirably and got me riding safe and sane on the streets of Manhattan, something I wouldn't have believed possible a couple months ago.
There are sections on how to equip your bike, how to follow the rules of the road, and tips and tricks bikers need to know to coexist safely in traffic. There are also sections on what to eat and drink, how to train effectively to increase your abilities, and how to get into serious long-distance touring - things which I hadn't originally been interested in but which were fun to read about. I think what I liked best about the book was that it was clearly written by enthusiasts who've spent a lot of time riding and a lot of time thinking about how to convey their skills and enthusiasms to the public.
If I had a criticism, it'd be that the book suffers by being a collection of separate magazine articles not originally intended for publication in this form, so some information is repeated and coherence is sort of loose. But it's not a major criticism and I'd recommend the book anyway.
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This book, although small and short, is money well-spent. You learn a lot from it, the writing style is great, and appropriate, it always makes a point.
The parts about cycling in a city were most applicable to me, and I can say they were great suggestions that help a lot!
I actually learnt to steer from this book!
It is also very useful to read about how to train (the section about not taking too many long rides, but preferring short intensive rides, and occasional long rides, as well as avoiding overtraining was particularly insightful). You can understand how to read you body when training, what you need to do, how much to stress. The part about cadence, and hear rate really made me want to buy a cadence-enabled cyclocomputer and heart monitor.
I don't think this is useful for a real pro, though, since it doesn't include any hard facts, tables, sheets, statistics that you need to compare yourself with. It is a book to begin with, to help you avoid mistaked, and stay healthy on the bike whatever your purpose is.
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Being new to road biking I wanted a book that covered the basics as well as one that gave guidance as to how I could improve once over the initial stage of riding. This book is very comprehensive in this regard. It is particularly useful in some of the training areas in that it makes suggestions that are not too overly structured, as some books are inclined to do, but at the same time maintain the overall training effect.It reinforces this approach by relating training regimes with real life experiences of riders, rather than adopt a "textbook" approach.I found the book extremely useful and fully recommend it.
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By A Customer on June 29 2003
Format: Paperback
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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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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