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Books & DVD's

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If you spend any significant time on a bike, not ensuring it's fitted correctly is a recipe for poor performance, discomfort and potentially injury. Unfortunately many how-to cycling books skim over this area, prescribe one size fits all generic formulae or ignore it completely. Look online and you'll find confusing and contradictory advice....

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We're all familiar with the story of Lance Armstrong. The Texan who battled cancer then conquered the Tour de France, winning seven times before being exposed as a drugs cheat. This is the story of the man instrumental in setting the record straight, David Walsh. David is a journalist and had a particular passion for cycling, meeting Lance...

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I'm a great fan of the Dummies series of books. They're written clearly and, unlike other guides, explain the jargon as you get to it, rather than leaving you to hunt down a glossary at the end of the book. Cycling for Dummies is the latest in the series and covers pretty much everything you'd want to know about cycling in the UK, from...

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I'm one of those people who can't help but glance into people's living rooms as I walk down a street. If the curtains are open I'll always have a nose and see what what they're watching on the telly or having for tea. Don't get me wrong, I don't stand and stare, simply cherish the half a second stocktake of peoples lives I gleen. An open...

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This pocket-sized mountain bike guidebook is organised in a very clear, logical way that makes it very enjoyable to use and inspiring to flick through. The author, Ian Boydon, has drawn on his 17 years of mountain biking experience in the Lake District to hand pick 24 trails, from short, medium, long and full day loops for varying levels of technical...

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As the Tour de France approaches, book shelves will once again groan under the weight of earnest celebrations of this most punishing of sporting events. Heroes will be celebrated, villains villified, killer climbs investigated until the lactic acid flows from the page to your retinas, and the history of the world's most famous bike race will once again...

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How to be a better cyclist ( Advanced Cycling - the essential guide ) comes from the Institute of Advanced Motorists. In essence it's a short, colourful book with quickfire chapters on most aspects of cycling on the road and illustrative photos or diagrams on every page. The Advanced Cycling subtitle of the book doesn't involve advanced...

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If you are into mountain biking and want to advance your skills then this could be the book for you.  Colourful, inspirational and linked to online video clips that demonstrate the skills - if you don't get to the end of this book without being able to do a bunny hop or increase your air time then you clearly have been reading with your...

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There's surely an element of every road cyclist that's a hill-bagger, a closet polka dotted king or queen of the mountains who's fascinated by the challenge of climbing contours. How hard can it be to pedal up, Ditchling Beacon on the London to Brighton ride, dramatic Winnats Pass in the Peak District, or the Rosedale Chimney in North Yorkshire? ...