A Golden Age of Cycling
A Gentleman's Adventure on Two Wheels, 1924–33
Born in 1879, Pope was a keen member of the Cyclists’ Touring Club at a time when relatively peaceful roads and improved bicycles made two-wheeled travel a popular recreation. For ten years he kept this meticulous, evocative diary of trips on his trusty Merlin machine – from weekend circuits near his Hammersmith home to summer tours as far afield as the Scottish Highlands and continental Europe.
En Cyclo Pedia
Everything You Need to Know About Cycling, from the Essential to the Obscure
International bicycle culture is celebrated in this stylishly illustrated A–Z of facts and stories. Entries range from how Brooks’s upmarket saddles are made to performance-enhancing drugs and the colour of a race leader’s jersey (not always yellow).
Bicycle Repair Manual
This guide offers advice on everything you need to know about maintaining a bicycle, whether designed for general use, road racing or mountain trails. It begins with the basics – setting up the riding position and handlebars – before demonstrating how to carry out everyday safety checks and common repairs. For the real enthusiast, more complex tasks such as adjusting the brakes and tuning the suspension are also explained. Each aspect of maintenance is accompanied by step-by-step instructions and clear diagrams. Slightly off-mint. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Anatomy and 100 Stretching Exercises for Cycling
Cycling can be a physically demanding hobby, especially for the less young and flexible. This highly illustrated manual reveals the biomechanics of cycling through exploded views of the body demonstrating the muscles in action. The series of stretches and exercises show how fitness can be improved for cycling as well as how simple stretches performed while riding can reduce fatigue and discomfort. Off-mint.
The Bicycle Book
The Definitive Visual History
In 1885 British inventor John Kemp made use of two innovations for the Rover Safety Bicycle: a chain drive and pneumatic tyres, developments that made all previous designs obsolete. With hundreds of profile photographs of classic bikes and accompanying archive images and ephemera, this history analyses developments from boneshakers, penny-farthings, shoppers, Choppers and BMX bikes to the carbon fibre racers and ingenious commuter cycles of today. Slightly off-mint.
Mountain Bike Maintenance
Supported by hundreds of colour photographs, the detailed instructions in this manual analyse every component of a mountain bike and advise on maintenance and repair. There are also tips on choosing components, setting up the correct riding position and basic riding technique.
Bad Teeth No Bar
A History of Military Bicycles in the Great War
Relatively light, cheap to produce and silent to operate, bicycles were widely employed during the First World War by all the major combatants. This illustrated history considers how cycle troops were organized, trained and equipped, reviews the various types of bicycle and ancillary equipment in use and profiles the principal manufacturers of the day, including Birmingham Small Arms, Royal Enfield, Triumph and Raleigh.
The Heroes and Hellraisers that Made Road Cycling
Despite tacks and broken glass spread on the road, fans attempting to impede competitors, and cyclists drafting behind cars, the inaugural Tour de France was won in 1903 by Maurice Garin, with his and the race's success helping to establish the popularity of the sport. This illustrated history of road cycling tells the story through key personalities, from the early two-wheel pioneers to legends such as Merckx and Hinault and the stars of today.