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The Bicycling Big Book of Cycling for Beginners: Winning Strategies, Inspiring Stories, and the Ultimate Training Tools

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  103 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Bicycling is undergoing a renaissance in this country as millions of people are taking to the streets in this nostalgic, beloved pastime. From purchasing one’s first bike to learning all its different components, Bicycling Big Book of Cycling for Beginners is the go-to guide for any beginning cyclist’s collection. The vast territory of cycling and its facets will become a ...more
Paperback, 270 pages
Published June 3rd 2014 by Rodale Books
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Joseph
Dec 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Bicycling Big Book of Cycling for Beginners: Everything a New Cyclist Needs to Know to Gear Up and Start Riding by Tori Bortman. Bortman is a bicycle consultant who owns Gracie's Wrench, where she offers classes and one-on-one bicycle consultation. I generally separate my bill paying job from my reviewing but here the two merge. I have been a professional bicycle mechanic and service manager for several years. I earned my USA Cycling mechanics license and formerly raced at the local velodrome. A ...more
Carly
Jul 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, nonfiction
First of all, I think this book should be renamed "The Bicycling Big Book of Cycling for Beginners Who Want to Become Serious Road and Race Cyclists Despite The Fact They've Never Been On A Bike." Admittedly, this means that the full book lends itself to a rather small audience. If you're not planning to be a recreational road biker who puts in a century (100 mile ride) or two, most of this book will be completely irrelevant. However, if you're thinking of buying a road bike, this book is an abs ...more
Wynn B.
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Most Excellent!

This book is absolutely the best for new and old bicyclists. It covers everything you need to know about choosing, riding, respect, maintenance, in a easy to understand way. This book covers it ALL! It’s all you will need.
Cesar Trujillo
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book if you want to understand the basics about road biking. In my case, I came from mountain biking so it was much needed to have instructions on several aspects of the new level. It's a very comprehensive guide that will take you through different aspects of road biking: from choosing your road bike, the anatomy of it, riding, training, eating, maintenance. Highly recommended if you're new to road biking!!
Robert
Mar 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: bike
I found this book leaned a bit more towards those looking to get into cycling as a serious sport more than just the casual rider. With that in mind it did contain a lot of good info on a wide range of subjects including training and nutrition, just to name a few. The other thing I noticed, with the focus on those looking to cycling as a sport, was that the author focused only on drop bar bicycles. Hybrid and mountain bike riders, and all others were kind of left out. There is some good info that ...more
Yadira  Denisse
Great book for beginners and to use as a reference!! I read this before I started riding the new road bike (that I had purchase for the first time) and by the time I was finally able to get on I understood the different types of features or the bike and the motion of the pedals as well as basic maintenance and knowledge about cadence, endurance, etc!
Marty Abschutz
Apr 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I've been a recreational rider for about 10 years. I have become a bit more serious during the past four years. Still, there are lots of tips and tricks that I picked up. It can help you at any level. One caveat, the focus is for people that ride on the road, as opposed to off-road.
Licking County Library
Jul 11, 2015 rated it liked it
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Recommended by Kristine W. , Main Library, Adult Services
Stacey
Mar 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
I found this to be a very informative and fact filled book for cyclists at all levels.
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“Road cycling is a means to an end. It’s one way we can ride away from the phone, the house, the bills, the TV, what’s going on at work, how the kids are driving you bonkers. Getting on the bike is the antidote. It’s a mini-vacation for your soul. It’s a time to revamp and breathe—even if it’s just for an hour at a time.” 0 likes
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