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Richard's 21st-Century Bicycle Book

Richard Ballantine

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ISBN 13: 978-1-58567-112-0
Trim Size: 7 1/8 x 9 1/4

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Finally Richard has written a new work, replacing the million-copy bestseller with an up-to-date new guide completely new for a new century.

"Richard's original Bicycle Book was one of my most read bicycle books. It was truly a cult classic and covered the unique aspects of bicycles not found in mainstream road or mountain bike books these days. My original copy is long since worn out. Richard Ballatine is a wonderful writer and passionate bicycle enthusiast and it comes out in every word of his text. This latest version is slicker and fancier than the first, but remains full of great bicycle information. The famous chapter about recumbents, the 29 pages of "Zzzwwaaaammo!" provide a good overview of recumbency that should get another generation excited about our favorite kind of bicycles." Bob Bryant, Recumbent Cyclist News

The New York Times called Richard's Bicycle Book "the very best, the only good book ever written for the amateur cyclist" when it was first published almost thirty years ago. Quickly recognized as the essential manual for cyclists at all levels, it has gone on to become a million-copy bestseller. But the times and the bikes-have changed. Now Richard older, wiser, and in many ways younger, too is ready to lead a new generation into a millennium in this completely new edition of his cyclist's "bible."

Richard's 21st Century Bicycle Book covers all kinds of bicycles from mountain bikes to kids' tricycles, and including cargo cycles, exoctic superbikes and futuristic 70-mph vehicles. Richard provides expert advice on buying the right bicycle and setting it up for maximum comfort and efficiency as well as thorough evaluations of such accessories as anti-puncture tires, child seats, helmets, lights and more. His basic lessons will have even the most wary riding within 15 minutes, and his tips on negotiating traffic will guarantee safe travel for pleasure and fitness riders alike. For the more adventurous cyclists, Richard especially explores the pleasures of mountain biking (with special focus on recent advances in bike technology), transcontinental touring, off-road expeditions, and competition biking. Bikes and cycling are economical, ecological and, most importantly, great fun, and this is the guide to lead everyone Sunday cyclists and Olympic hopefuls alike pedaling into the 21st-century.

Richard Ballantine is the author of Richard's Bicycle Book and, with Richard Grant, of Richard's Ultimate Bicycle Book and The Bicycle Repair Manual, and the founder of several cycling magazines. He is an editor at Rufus Publications, founded by his parents, Ian and Betty Ballantine, and has written books on a wide range of subjects.

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