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Fifty Places to Bike Before You Die: Biking Experts Share the World's Greatest Destinations

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Fifty Places to Bike Before You Die is the ninth addition to the bestselling Fifty Places series by Chris Santella. Biking has grown increasingly popular in recent years, as both a leisure and an extreme exercise activity, and Santella covers trips for cyclists of every level. Fifty Places to Bike covers environments as varied as the Dalmatian Coast in Croatia, the Indochi ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by Harry N. Abrams
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Taffnerd
Nov 23, 2012 rated it liked it
More of an inspiration than something that would actually help you actually undertake any of these rides. Points for covering places all over the world.
Rebeca
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh the places I'll go! ...more
Stefanie
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book offers some inspirational photos of stunning places to bike, however, there is a certain aftertaste created by the fact that all the essays have been compiled by bicycle touring companies that seemingly want to plug their businesses. You are basically paying for a massive sales pitch, but even as a sales pitch it is flawed.

From a formatting and information point of view, I dislike that the tours in the US aren't all covered under a "USA" umbrella of sorts, but that they are filed in be
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Deon Stonehouse
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Fifty Places To Bike Before You Die has selections for all levels of interest. Do you like flying down single track, surrounded by jaw dropping scenery on trails that will challenge? Then turn to trip #46 for Kirstin Peterson’s essay on the White Rim Trail in Moab Utah. Do you prefer road riding? How about trip #9 through California Wine Country or trip #14 through Burgundy France? I like bike trails, nice paved trails with no cars swooping around me. Try trip #7 the Okanagan Valley, trip #42 in ...more
dirt
Jun 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anybody who has ever ridden a bike
I tend to shy away from the Number of Things You Should Do Before You Die books because they propagate the idea that life is a series of check marks to be filled in and touted. This mindset can prevent you from savoring the daily adventure of your ordinary, everyday life. However, I savored this book.

These days I don't get a chance to hop on my bike as often as I would like, so I enjoyed pretending to ride along these 50 intriguing routes. The trails are narrated in vivid detail by people who h
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JDK1962
Apr 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
I think that if this doesn't make you want to get out and ride, you're probably dead.

I'm docking it a star because there are no Colorado rides (really? I mean...come on guys, really? New York City is there and NOTHING from Colorado?). And an apparent preoccupation with wine kind of turned me off (but that's just me).

But man, do I want to do some of these rides...
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Regina Hunter
Mar 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Need to oil my wheels.
Cam
Sep 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Could end up being the most expensive book I've ever read. So many great rides around the world to chase down. ...more
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