This book celebrating cycling covers the bicycle's invention and subsequent historical development, stories of intrepid early cyclists who traveled the world, the 20th-century popularity of cycle touring, and the depiction of bicycles in films, books and art. It examines the sport of cycling, including histories of the Tour de France and the other great European races, the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a Espa a, and goes on to explore velodrome-based cycling and the rise of BMX and mountain biking. It investigates the science behind balance and aerodynamics, and covers the future of bicycles, including innovative flying, floating and electric bikes. It also touches on the technical aspects of bicycles, including an exploded diagram of a typical bike and tips for basic maintenance of your own bike. Beautifully illustrated with vintage and modern images, this book is a perfect gift for both bike obsessives and general readers.
From detailed portraits of the icons of the sport, to statistical breakdowns of the greatest road races and potted histories of its most enduring records, this collection of superbly entertaining infographics includes everything you need to know about professional cycling.
Whether it is the tallest and shortest champions, oldest and youngest Tour riders, or the richest in the peloton, Velopedia has it covered. Examining nearly all of the sport's most intriguing stories, it also includes the most memorable rivalries, heroic losers, most controversial stars and biggest scandals, not to mention the best punch-ups and mid-race mishaps. The eccentric side of the sport is here too, with kitsch kits, the strangest superstitions and most elaborate facial hair.
Charting every generation from the Victorian age to the present day, Velopedia is the perfect book for both the most devoted amateur cyclist and the armchair fan.
This is a study of the names and bikes of the world's most famous, innovative and legendary makers of contemporary bespoke bicycles. The book features bike builders from the UK, France, Italy, the US, Germany and Australia.
"Loaded with bombshells and revelations."--VeloNews " An] often harrowing story . . . the broadest, most accessible look at cycling's drug problems to date."--The New York Times " 'If I cheated, how did I get away with it?' That question, posed to SI by Lance Armstrong five years ago, has never been answered more definitively than it is in Tyler Hamilton's new book."--Sports Illustrated "Explosive."--The Daily Telegraph (London)
"Every weekend, across the nation's rolling countryside, watch out for the Mamils: middle-aged men in lycra" - BBC News
"Mamils make Oxford English Dictionary debut" - Telegraph
"Oh the shame of being married to a MAMIL" - Daily Mail
There is a new breed emerging.
They hunt in packs, dressed in unforgiving lycra.
Their natural habitat is the local espresso bar, where they obsess about power-to-weight ratios and worship the latest high-tech road bikes.
Desperate to shave a few milligrams for speed, they will spend thousands on anything made out of carbon " conveniently forgetting about their own waistlines.
At night they dream they are Bradley Wiggins or Alberto Contador.
They are the Mamils. And they are taking over the world.
The Modern MAMIL - A Cyclist's A-Z takes a humorous look at cycling and the middle-aged man in lycra.
Knack Cycling for Everyone is the book for those looking to get introduced, or reintroduced, to today's world of cycling. It is a step-by-step, comprehensive guide that evaluates all bicycles available today, helps you determine the kind of bike that's right for you, and shows you the accessories you do and don't need to ride comfortably. For beginners to intermediates, it includes numerous how-to descriptions, replete with informative photos and tips, on all styles of riding--road biking, mountain biking, commuter cycling, and touring. There are chapters on training, long-distance riding, riding with children, riding with groups, and rules of the road.
Learn from a legend Trim seconds off your time, train more efficiently, or simply maximize your fitness workouts with Mastering Cycling.
John Howard, three-time Olympian and 18-time national masters cycling champion, has created the ultimate cycling guide for serious riders, triathletes, and masters athletes. Cyclists from 18 to 88 will benefit from the targeted approach that covers these essentials:
- Technique instruction and refinement for cornering, climbing, and descending
- Workout plans for fitness and competition
- Training for road races, time trials, and triathlons
- Strategies that will shave seconds from your times
In addition, Mastering Cycling guides you in equipment selection, event-specific training, motivational strategies, nutrition, hydration, and selecting cycling clubs, coaches, and competitive events. With such comprehensive coverage, it is the one resource you'll turn to time and time again for a lifetime of serious cycling.
Bob Roll former Tour de France racer, well-known scribe, and race announcer is back to cause a ruckus "Bobke II" (correctly pronounced BOOB-kuh ) revisits all of the original journals of Roll s wild rides and crazy tales about cycling s uncensored side.
When Bobke retired from competition, his pen continued the crazed poetic commentary, and Roll s newest additions cover both topics held reverent in cycling and also those that are hardly related to the sport. Bobke tips his cap to the classic riders and races, takes us on a grueling week of training with Lance Armstrong, tells the sport as he sees it, and entertains us with plenty of ditties and rants in between. It s a zany, often absurd, yet compelling commotion."
Cycling's vast history is a fascinating mix of gripping sporting moments, inspired pursuits and a whole host of heroes, hellions and legend-makers.
A Year in the Saddle travels through the calendar year, each day telling a single cycling story: from the death of the great Fausto Coppi, through to the dominance of Sir Chris Hoy on the veoldrome track. It takes in the highest peaks of the Tour de France and the flats of Flanders, as well as celebrating the history of the bike itself.ÿ
Cycling writer Giles Belbin brings together the most important, memorable and intriguing moments of this wide and varied history. With striking and beautiful illustrations by artist Daniel Seex, each inspired by the stories told,ÿA Year in the Saddle is a sporting treasure trove of human virtue, vice and cycling trivia.