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Roadie: The Misunderstood World of a Bike Racer

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Veteran race announcer and long-time cycling enthusiast Jamie Smith sets out to explain the sport he loves and the roadies who live for it in this lighthearted treatise on bike racing. Finally, a book to explain those people who roll out for a ride dressed in technicolored Lycra at the crack of dawn on Saturday, and return at sundown with a glow of satisfaction and even st ...more
Paperback, 206 pages
Published March 1st 2008 by Velo Press
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Karen
Feb 05, 2016 Karen rated it really liked it
I read this book simply because I know the author. I have to say, as a person with zero connection to the bike-racing world (besides Jamie), I found it to be interesting and readable. There were parts that were laugh-out-loud hilarious and parts that were technical, but what I appreciate about Jamie's writing style is how straightforward it is. I even found myself wanting to go watch a bike race now that I would be able to understand what was going on...and I can't say that's a strong urge I've ...more
Michael
Aug 18, 2009 Michael rated it liked it
Shelves: cycling
The book seems to have two audiences - mostly it is directed at "friends of cycling road racers" so that they understand their "roadie" better; the second audience is aspiring road racers. I felt somewhat left out since I am in neither group - I'm a cyclist who happens to have developed some slight interest in cycle races and wanted to know a bit more. Still I found it a reasonably entertaining read - the author's style is engaging enough and I'm interested in the subject.

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Virgilio Pigliucci
I got this for my lady and friends willing to learn more about what I do on my spare time....

So far I am the only one that read it :(.

The book starts really well, fun to read and the comics and drawings are hilarious. Totally captures the spirit.
Second half of the book gets boring and a little too instructional than everything else.

Not hilarious enough for a cyclist to keep going, Not fun enough for someone willing to learn to keep reading to the end.

Still a 3 stars for me, mostly because of the
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Larry Gagnon
Feb 02, 2013 Larry Gagnon rated it liked it
I enjoyed Jamie Smith's writing style and personality as he presents the world of bike (as in bicycle) racers. I especially like Jef Mallet's accompanying artwork. The combination makes "Roadie" a fun read and provides a nice overview of the life of those who race bikes. For the cycling enthusiast, there is much in the book that you will think, "yea, I know that" so if you are trying to gain more knowledge, I don't think this is the book you are looking for, however, if you want some nice langua ...more
Janet Lynch
Feb 21, 2010 Janet Lynch rated it liked it
Shelves: cycling
On this rainy Sunday afternoon, five months after I began this book, I finally finished it, having read about ten books in between. While it contained good information, it was easy to put down. I'd like to read it again, it were half the length. The author goes on long after his point has been made, through analogy, cliche, and I think, jokes, much to the enjoyment of himself, and maybe some other readers, but not me. Definitely he's passionate about the sport and the illustrations are cute.
Mike
Apr 02, 2010 Mike rated it liked it
This book would have been handy back when I raced.Funny and fairly simple explanations of the hows and whys of racing.Meant for non racers to understand why the hell you would spend five hours a day,every day,riding rain or shine.
Mark Zadroga
Aug 13, 2010 Mark Zadroga rated it it was ok
Meh. I doubt any non-cyclist wants this much info. If you really want a feel for road racing track down Tim Krabbe's "The Rider". What it lacks in technical detail it makes up for in Krabbe's beautiful prose...
Denise
Feb 06, 2009 Denise rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fic
On p. 157, Jamie states "Have I ever seen someone cheat during a straight-line sprint event? Only once, but that is a story we can skip."

OK, Jamie, inquiring minds want to know that story! Was it you?
Alex Ghio
Aug 06, 2009 Alex Ghio rated it liked it
Easy reading. A brief explanation of the cycling world, especially in America. I was looking for more tactics in regard to bike racing.
Robert
Jan 02, 2009 Robert rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A good intro into the world of road cycling. Given my developing interest in this, it was a fun read on what I'm getting myself into.
Eric
Apr 18, 2011 Eric rated it really liked it
Shelves: cycling
Humorous and light. Enjoyed reading about being a roadie and getting more serious about bike racing.
Eric
Apr 10, 2012 Eric rated it it was amazing
This is a favorite read of mine. A must for anyone who doesn't understand the cyclists in their lives.
David Porter
Jan 20, 2015 David Porter rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Explains the life of the bike racer to those new to the sport. An interesting and entertaining read.
Brenda
Mar 24, 2009 Brenda rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009
Interesting. I did learn a little bit about bike racing but had figured most of it out already.
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