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Bike Book Reviews/Suggestions(2 posts)

Bike Book Reviews/Suggestionshawker12
Nov 13, 2003 7:53 PM
I just finished The Immortal Class by Travis Hugh Culley. It's a memoir about being a bike messenger in Chicago. I liked parts of it but found other parts a little preachy and counter culture. Also picked up a DVD copy of Breaking Away. Man, I love that movie...compared to American Flyers, which gets worse every time I see it. I can't even watch it all the way through. Sheesh

Other good books are:

Half Wheel Hell by Maynard Hershon
Short stories, many from the early pages of VeloNews

Tales from the Toolbox by Scott Parr
What it's like to me the lead mechanic for Team Motorola in Europe.

The Yellow Jersey
Great, great fiction. Was almost made into a movie with Dustin Hoffman and then Tom Cruise. Alas, it never made it into production.

Pushing the Limits by John Howard
John is one of my heros from the 60-70s. An autobiography of what it was like to race professionally in the U.S before Greg and Lance. John also won the Iron Man and at one time held the Bonneville speed record of around 156MPH!! This guy did it all when a big payday was a free bike and expenses. Book is out of print but can be found. I've also been told John still has copies to sell.

Any other reccomendations?

Steve
re: Bike Book Reviews/SuggestionsDINOSAUR
Nov 14, 2003 9:24 AM
The Giro d'Italia by Dino Buzzati.

It's about the 1949 Giro. Fausto Coppi vs Gino Bartali.
It's a masterpiece, translating and editing done by John Wicockson, editor of VeloNews.