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Richard's Bicycle Book

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  32 ratings  ·  4 reviews
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"A complete and fully illustrated maintenance and repair guide. Every kind of bicycle described and evaluated. Who needs what and how to get your money’s worth. Where and how to buy your new or used machine. Fitting your bicycle to you – a little-understood and vital art. Everything you want to know about touring on both sides of the Atlantic. Bike size
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Paperback, Fifth edition, 384 pages
Published 1983 by Pan Books (first published 1975)
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Crawford
Sep 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Still a classic! And not to be dispatched to the local book fairs to make space on the overcrowded book shelves at home.

Book one about cycling has not aged well but is quaint and yearns for bygone years; but the language and hand drawn illustrations have a style that can't be matched in today's technocratic haste.

Book two on bicycle maintenance is relevant and helpful, especially the trouble-shooting algorithms. There have been advancements in bicycles not foreshadowed but the basic principles h
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Yann2
Oct 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fantastic book - I was lucky to find a copy way back in 1975 when I wanted to get a sports bike.

10-speed bicycles were very popular at the time, good ones were not easy to get where I lived at the time. I decided it would make sense to build one, from parts purchased at the stores, and putting it all together myself. [return][return]With the detailed information, illustrations and know-how presented in this book, I had fun, learned a lot, and built a better bike than I could buy in th
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Nov 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: cyclists
Superb. Richard Ballantine (an American in London) writes succinctly, imaginatively, practically, knowledgeably, descriptively, informatively, and simply beautifully. Pages 170-173 contain what has become the stuff of legend: how to deal with a threatening or attacking dog. No other writer dared to address this subject in England!

Perhaps a little dated now (mountain bikes were only just beginning to be imported from the States into Britain, by individuals, in 1983; but this book covered everyth
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