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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
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #61,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 Forbes.com, 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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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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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9be6c9a8) out of 5 stars 26 reviews
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HASH(0x9c051648) out of 5 stars Inspirational, not a guide book. Dec 13 2012
By John Klemme - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
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.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b5fb30c) out of 5 stars Highly Recommended for the Tour-minded Cyclist Feb. 19 2013
By chucksinnc - Published on Amazon.com
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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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HASH(0x9b86d1d4) out of 5 stars 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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HASH(0x9b5f59b4) out of 5 stars A lot of text seems lifted direct from promo materials for bike tour companies June 19 2014
By W. Spencer - Published on Amazon.com
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'.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b5f6534) out of 5 stars The Skinny: Tour Guides Plugging Their Businesses -- Inspirational Photos -- NO Useful Information Oct. 5 2015
By Alex - Published on Amazon.com
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This book offers some inspirational photos of stunning places to bike, however, there is a certain aftertaste created by the fact that all the essays have been compiled by bicycle touring companies that seemingly want to plug their businesses. You are basically paying for a massive sales pitch, but even as a sales pitch it is flawed.

From a formatting and information point of view, I dislike that the tours in the US aren't all covered under a "USA" umbrella of sorts, but that they are filed in between the international destinations in the alphabetical order of the state names. Generally, sorting by continents first, then countries, then states would make this book more useful. That said, there isn't much usability in the book to begin with, as all and any helpful information about the destinations is missing. A simple map marking the 50 tour locations would have been tremendously helpful; for the US states I would have wished for a basic state outline with a location marker within the respective state. There is positively no information in the book whatsoever in regards to where to go, how to get there, and so on. So not only is it not a guidebook, but it really isn't useful as anything but a very basic starting point, which I found disappointing, especially considering who the authors are. I guess they don't want to give anything away in order to bolster their respective businesses.

I give 2 stars for the pretty photos; the flimsy contents are worth 1 star at most.


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