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    Default Required reading ATMO

    I think well read cyclists should read these books:

    Hearts of Lions, Peter Nye
    The fastest Bicycle Rider in the World, Marshall W Taylor
    A social history of the bicycle, its early life and times in America, Robert A. Smith
    Winning Bicycle Racing, Jack Simes
    The Cyclists Training Bible, Joe Friel
    Cycling After 50, Joe Friel
    The Custom Bicycle: Buying, Setting Up, and Riding the Quality Bicycle, Michael J. Kolin, Denise M. De La Rosa
    The Bicycle Wheel, Jobst Brandt
    Effective Cycling, John Forester


    Some might like to add Zinn and the Art of Bicycle Maintenance, but I have never read it.

    Please add your reccomendations, since I would like a chance to read them

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    Default Re: Required reading ATMO

    "make the break"

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    Default Re: Required reading ATMO

    This one is pretty good, albeit pushing 30.


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    Quote Originally Posted by bikinchris View Post
    I think well read cyclists should read these books:
    Hearts of Lions, Peter Nye
    The reason why I include this is the lack of knowledge current cyclists have about the depth and rich history American bicycle racing has had in the past.
    The fastest Bicycle Rider in the World, Marshall W Taylor
    50 years before Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball, the most popular sport in the world was bicycle racing and the highest paid athlete was a son of freed slaves. Incredible story of overcoming the odds.
    A social history of the bicycle, its early life and times in America, Robert A. Smith
    Details the changes in social lives, business practices and the effects the bicycle had on the American way of life. This should be required reading in every American history class.
    Winning Bicycle Racing, Jack Simes
    One of the early how to books on bicycle racing.
    The Cyclists Training Bible, Joe Friel
    Great way to organize training for racing or just trying to be faster,
    Cycling After 50, Joe Friel
    We are all going to turn 50 sometime in the future. This book helps you figure out why that can be an advantage.
    The Custom Bicycle: Buying, Setting Up, and Riding the Quality Bicycle, Michael J. Kolin, Denise M. De La Rosa
    A how to book from the pre-Titanium days. Great read.
    The Bicycle Wheel, Jobst Brandt
    A book that debunks and teaches good wheel building skills by a Porsche chassis engineer. No nonsense. It taught me how to build my first wheels 31 years ago.
    Effective Cycling, John Forester
    An encyclopedia of techniques for good riding, setting up a bike and learing about the bike and how to use it. Not all up to date, but some parts are very good.


    Some might like to add Zinn and the Art of Bicycle Maintenance, but I have never read it.

    Please add your reccomendations, since I would like a chance to read them
    I added notes to explain why I posted this to begin with. There is more to bicycling than racing.

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    Funny. I just threw away my copy of Eddie B's book last week - other than sentimental value and some pretty neat pics, a lot of it seemed hopelessly dated ("eat horse meat if you can because horses are fast and cows are slow" or something to that effect). Still, this book was really the first of its kind here in the US (or so I've been led to believe) and one of the first training bibles to incorporate some real science, even if that science was kind of "Iron Curtain-y" and consisted of advice to ride - hard - a lot. It was tough off-season advice to follow, especially for someone living in New England (or who works for more than 10 hours a week, for that matter).

    The introduction is hilarious as well- Eddie (or is it Eddy?) basically mocks his co-author for having a Master's degree in exercise physiology despite his (co-author's) not being in top shape (apparently in the late 70's in Poland this degree required academic testing as well as some sort of very high benchmark of physical fitness). It's pretty funny, as Eddie doesn't really understand how this can be - of course, back in Poland, people are superb physical specimens compared to these weak Americans.

    Don't get me wrong, though - I most likely read this entire book several times in my late teens; I ate it up. There was nothing else. It was printed (not too far from me, in Brattleboro, VT at a "Vitesse Press") before Lemond won his first TdF, so there are a couple of pictures of Greg as a strapling as an example of a decent American cyclist (I recall there are quite a few pics of Roy Knickman as well...)

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    .....Yes, I think I'm still recovering from the steak tartar and rice diet.

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    The Rider.

    If you are a racer, this is the best cycling book, ever.

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    This is a good book as well, though showing it's age:



    More racing again, sorry:

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    I've been reading Training for Cycling by Davis Phinney and Connie Carpenter. Dated, but has some good info and great stories.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lavi View Post
    The Rider.

    If you are a racer, this is the best cycling book, ever.
    +1. You don't need to have raced to "get" the feelings and images that he author describes. Perfect.
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    +1 On "The rider".
    Author is the brother of Jeroen Krabbe who played in the Fugitive and many other movies.
    If I see a title "Cycling after 50" I think " somebody needs to make his boat payments"
    What is next " framebuilding after 50?".
    Only difference from 30 to 40 to 50 is that I get slower and more beat up, the rest stays the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rabo View Post
    Only difference from 30 to 40 to 50 is that I get slower and more beat up, the rest stays the same.
    I think my right knee has been riding the "50" book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rabo View Post
    +1 On "The rider".
    Author is the brother of Jeroen Krabbe who played in the Fugitive and many other movies.
    If I see a title "Cycling after 50" I think " somebody needs to make his boat payments"
    What is next " framebuilding after 50?".
    Only difference from 30 to 40 to 50 is that I get slower and more beat up, the rest stays the same.
    Hey, don't knock it until you have read it!

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    Fascinating book.

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    i really rate David Millar two books personally, although I quite understand that he’s not to everyone’s taste.....

    ‘The Racer’ and ‘Racing through the dark’
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    I like a quote from Peter Winnen about bicycle racing:
    "First was the word".

    Cycling is just people riding bicycles down the road.
    It is the stories that make the sport.
    The Tour was started by a newspaper.
    It is al meaningless without the people who really are able to write about what is going on.
    I really like that.

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    Yes!--everything "Bike Snob" is worth reading. I'd add: "The Man Who Loved Bicycles, memoirs of an Autophobe" by Daniel Behrman, "Full Tilt" by Dervla Murphy, "My Life on Two Wheels" by Clifford Graves, and Neal Peart's "The Masked Rider."

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    Need for the Bike is a pretty good read.
    https://www.compasscycle.com/shop/pr...-for-the-bike/

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    Default Re: Required reading ATMO

    There're a lot of good ones out there. Here are some I think are great

    Guinness Guide of Bicycling - Durry and Wadley
    A Gear Higher - Code and Gordon with Streb
    Memories of the Peloton - Hinault
    We Were Young and Carefree - Fignon

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