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What cycling books are in your library; which would you recommend??(5 posts)

What cycling books are in your library; which would you recommend??lanternrouge
Sep 6, 2002 6:45 AM
and what books do you think are essential for any serious cyclist?


b - The Cyclist's Training Bible: A Complete Training Guide for the Competitive Road Cyclist by Joe Friel (essential)

b - Zinn and the Art of Road Bike Maintenance by Lennard Zinn, et al (essential)

- Bicycle Gearing: A Practical Guide, by Dick Marr

- Bicycle Repair Step by Step: How to Maintain and Repair Your Bicycle by Rob Van Der Plas

Books on Touring:

- The Essential Touring Cyclist: A Complete Guide for the Bicycle Traveler, by Richard A. Lovett, Vera Jagendorf

- Biking Through Europe by Dennis Jaffe

- 28 Days Behind Bars by Harold Wagoner
re: What cycling books are in your library; which would you recommend??bm
Sep 6, 2002 7:24 AM

Bicycling Medicine, by M.D. ??
(well organized, includes detailed technique and inury description/prevention)

Quotable Cyclist, by ??
(funny and inspirational)

Serious Cyclist, by Ed Burke
(esp for novices, important basic information that i forget from time to time)


triathlon training bible, by Joe Friel
(includes cycling technique, very detailed training programs)

(some other non-cycling triathlon stuff)

still want to get:

"science of cycling"
(interesting articles of the math and science behind cycling)

lance's inspirational " . . not about the bike"
(just want to read it)

art of maintenance
(someday want to build my own bikes)
re: What cycling books are in your library; which would you recommend??sweetbuns
Sep 6, 2002 8:55 AM
I normally do not shop for books, I prefer to use the library and only buy what is necessary, like reference books, my first recommendation to use the library to look at books that look good to you. In my own library, I have a handful, but this one I like alot:

Bicycle Road Racing: The Complete Program for Training and Competition
by Edward Borysewicz

I spent $2 on it at a second hand store. Those are the BEST places for books. Amazon is carrying it for $24.95. Sweet deal!
re: What cycling books are in your library; which would you recommend??RayBan
Sep 6, 2002 10:50 AM
I've got
Greg Lemonds book
Davis Phineys book
Joel Friels training bibles
No Brakes!
re: What cycling books are in your library; which would you recommend??boneman
Sep 6, 2002 2:39 PM
Training and racing

The C.O.N.I. book, published by the Italian Olympic cycling federation. Out of print but I've seen two copies on EBay in the last 4 years which went for considerable sums. Worth it if you can find it. Covers everything from training, diet, equipment, tactics, physiology, etc. A bit dated but way ahead of its time and has yet to be surpassed.

Bernard Hinaults book about training for racing. Again, out of print but worth looking for.

Friel's book- Flame me but this book isn't going to help develop your mindset for racing. Anybody who's been dropped in their first race after following the plot will understand.

Books about racing

Inside The Peloton by Graeme Fife- For the aficinado. A must read.

King's of the Mountains by Matt Rendel- About Columbian cycling and their place in history. Again, an aficiando must

Lance Armstrong- It's Not About the Bike I'm not a big LA fan but I've always respected his results going back to Subaru-Montgomery days. I only just read the book last month and despite being in Europe and having the benefit of the European view, it gives great insight into what drives him and you come to respect him as an individual.

Major Taylors biography which I believe is out of print. A great read and both culturally and historically significant. However, not the best written piece of literature you'll come across in life.

There was a book about the 197* Tour in which Michele Pollentier was DQ'd at a dope control. At the time, a revelation and insight into the incredible physical demands of the Tour. Again, out of print.

Want to get depressed- The books by Willie Voet and Paul Klimage. Interesting reading but you feel like you need a shower afterwards.

Bike repair- I'm from an era where there was no internet or any training or repair books except the CONI manual. If you're mechanically inclined, it isn't that difficult as we're talking about a bicycle. If you're not, have your LBS do the work.