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Fifty Places to Bike Before You Die: Biking Experts Share the World's Greatest Destinations Hardcover – Oct 1 2012

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang (Oct. 1 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584799897
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584799894
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 2.5 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 885 g
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About the Author

Chris Santella is a freelance writer and marketing consultant based in Portland, Oregon. A regular contributor to the New York Times and, he has also contributed to the New Yorker, Travel & Leisure, Golf, and Delta Sky. Santella is the author of eight other titles in STC’s Fifty Places series.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PokerBear on April 20 2013
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Great Book to Inspire some Great Road Trips ! Especially when it's snowing outside ... and it Snows a lot in Montreal!
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This is 50 rides mostly designed to promote the tour companies. There are no details of elevations, where to sleep, nothing like that . Simply a description of the route, as described by the tour guide. Not very useful, unless you want to leave the planning to a tour company.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Inspirational, not a guide book. Dec 13 2012
By John Klemme - Published on
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There are a lot of cyclists out there who are perfectly content with doing all of their biking in their backyard. Santella's book is just a starting point for people considering a trip further afield. In browsing the book, readers will get some grasp on the landscape of possibilities and a few names and addresses to get started.

The preceding reviewer complained that the book was just marketing fluff from bicycle tour operators and guides, ( full disclosure: I'm one of the "experts" interviewed in the book). Although it's true that all of the experts are "in the business", I can't think of a better way of curating the selection of destinations and offering it up to the public.

If you're a veteran adventure cyclist, this book isn't for you. However, if you'd like to encourage someone (or yourself) to consider a cycling vacation at some point, this is a great place to start.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Highly Recommended for the Tour-minded Cyclist Feb. 19 2013
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If you are interested in tour-cycling, then this book is worth every penny. As a prior review mentioned, the 50 rides profiled in this book are written by individuals from various touring companies and non-profit organizations. This is what makes it good. You are hearing about the rides from the people who know them well. If you are really interested in a ride, you can choose to find a tour company or just use this book as a guide for creating your own tour.

What I like most about this book is that it has opened my mind to some tours I wasn't even aware of. I'm 45 years old in 2013, and am doing two of the tours from this book. If I can do at least two per year I'll have this list accomplished by the time I'm 70...hopefully there will be another book with 50 more rides to choose from.

There are so many places to do a bike tour. This book really helps you choose some of the most amazing destinations. I like browsing through this book so much I've ordered a 2nd copy for my office.
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Largely ads for bike touring companies Nov. 27 2012
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Many of the reviews are by tour guides recommending trips their company offers. Many of these are great trips, but this is not what I was expecting - I can get that information from a trip catalog.
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A lot of text seems lifted direct from promo materials for bike tour companies June 19 2014
By W. Spencer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Very disappointing. Many of the recommended places to cycle are no more than sales plugs for a cycle tour operator--and where cycling on your own or as a self-directed group might be difficult, because you have to be driven out to the cycle-friendly locations. The title of the book would more accurately be, "50 Places with Bike Tour Operators to Consider".

I'm sorry, Mr. Santella, but this is also lazy authorship--pulling together existing (perhaps even unedited) promotional text into a 'book'.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
good information June 28 2013
By kend47 - Published on
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The book has helpful information if you are planning on taking any of these rides. Rides are organized alphabetically by location (country or state) and provide a good description of each ride including companies who guide in the area.