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    best bicycle book

    what's yours? - any genre.

    i got about halfway through "the third policeman" by flann o'brien before throwing in the towel - too "gosh and begorrah" and leprechaun-ish by half.

    there are some sherlock holmes stories featuring bicycles - must check those out.
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    It's a 70's era roadie book, but I really enjoyed "The Rider" by Tim Krabbe.
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    Re: best bicycle book

    Zinn and the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance.

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    Pro Cycling on $10 a Day. From Fat Kid to Euro Pro.
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    I enjoyed a book called "Into Thick Air" about a guy riding his bike to all of the low spots on the continents other than Antarctica. I can't remember his name though.

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    The "bible" Mastering the Mountain bike skills.

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    best bicycle book

    "Wheelmen" is pretty good


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    My book comes out in a few weeks. I have considerable confidence that this will be the most popular book to date on mountain biking. I don't know anyone who could put more on that subject between two book covers than I just did.

    "Fat Tire Flyer" is my story from about 1970 to 1992. In 1971 I was a rock band roadie and a hippie bike fanatic. I met another hippie bike fanatic named Gary Fisher, who hung out with the Grateful Dead. We had so much in common that we shared a house. We started building off-road bikes out of old Schwinns and the like. We called them "clunkers."

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    For about three years starting in 1976 I put on a crazy race down a steep hill on fat tire bikes. Downhill racing caught on everywhere else later.

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    Then we started making bikes specifically for the race rather than putting together old clunkers.

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    In 1979 and Gary Fisher and I rented a garage where we assembled this new kind of bike on frames built in another garage by a kid named Tom Ritchey. We called our company "MountainBikes." Here's our business card.

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    Then big companies started copying the bikes we made and everybody started riding them. They even used our company name to describe all off-road bikes, so Gary and I renamed our company "Kelly-Fisher MountainBikes."

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    In 1983 I sold my share of the company to Gary, and it became Fisher Mountain Bikes.

    In 1980 I started a little newsletter, and it grew into the first mountain bike magazine.

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    I don't know anyone who had a better bike adventure than I did. Mountain biking took me all over the world, from the Giro d'Italia to the Iditarod.

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    There are lots of photos that nobody else has. Here's one of Bobby Weir of the Grateful Dead from a ride we took in 1992.

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    "Pro Cycling on $10 a Day" - Phil Gaimon
    "The Secret Race" - Tyler Hamilton
    "The Happiness of Pursuit" - Davis Phinney. Great read about one of the pioneers of US pro cycling, and Phinney's struggle with Parkinsons Disease. I read this after one of my best riding buds was diagnosed. Really helped me understand what he was going through and what he could potentially face as the disease progressed.

    Have not come across many good MTB books, although Repack's sounds very promising.

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    Cycle Of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong by Juliet Macur.
    Life will pound away where the light don't shine, son...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider View Post
    "Fat Tire Flyer" is my story from about 1970 to 1992. In 1971 I was a rock band roadie and a hippie bike fanatic. I met another hippie bike fanatic named Gary Fisher, who hung out with the Grateful Dead. We had so much in common that we shared a house. We started building off-road bikes out of old Schwinns and the like. We called them "clunkers."

    For about three years starting in 1976 I put on a crazy race down a steep hill on fat tire bikes. Downhill racing caught on everywhere else later.

    I don't know anyone who had a better bike adventure than I did. Mountain biking took me all over the world, from the Giro d'Italia to the Iditarod.
    Wow, that is amazing. With all of the meaningless threads about gear and wheel size necessary to really mountain bike, you guys did it all on bikes that probably no one here would even attempt to ride.

    I don't buy a lot of books, but this is one I will get. Good job and thank you for the effort to pull this together.

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    I'm surprised no one has mentioned The Metal Cowboy: Joe Kurmaskie. His books are hilarious.
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    The Secret Race, by Tyler Hamilton and Daniel Coyle. Nice book. i really like it. its really thrilling reading this book. its an award winning book.

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    Bike Snob NYC has a hilarious blog that has spun off three books now. I can't read his stuff out loud without laughing too much to get the words out.

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    The Masked Rider - Cycling West Africa by Neil Peart is great. Right now I am all about The Mountain Bikers Guide to Colorado by Dan Hickstein.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pearl-drum-man View Post
    The Masked Rider - Cycling West Africa by Neil Peart is great. Right now I am all about The Mountain Bikers Guide to Colorado by Dan Hickstein.
    Neil Peart as in Rushs' drummer?

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    team 7-eleven is a good read, any of Bob Rolls books, The fat cyclist?? I think it was called, about a fat English professor at University of Indiana going on a protein shake only diet and riding his ass off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joeduda View Post
    team 7-eleven is a good read, any of Bob Rolls books, The fat cyclist?? I think it was called, about a fat English professor at University of Indiana going on a protein shake only diet and riding his ass off.
    Forgot about Roll's books. Some of his stories (about half of which I believe) are hilarious. He touches on his career racing MTBs and discusses how much more difficult it was than road racing. Good read for sure.

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    A biography about Major Taylor. Can't remember the name but I think I read it around five years ago so it's still current.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joeduda View Post
    Neil Peart as in Rushs' drummer?
    Yep. He has written several books. Search it out on Amazon or the like, good stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rev Bubba View Post
    A biography about Major Taylor. Can't remember the name but I think I read it around five years ago so it's still current.
    "Major Taylor" by Andrew Ritchie, another excellent read.

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    That's the coolest picture of Bobby ever!

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    WHEELS ON ICE: CYCLING IN ALASKA 1898-1908
    Miners with Goldrush fever during the stampede. Very entertaining if you can find a copy

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    Someone above already mentioned The Secret Race, which was pretty good although ghost-written. Here is one I highly recommend.

    I met Andy Homan at the US Bicycling Hall of Fame where he was selling his book, "Life in the Slipstream." It concerns the exploits of one Bobby Walthour, who rode the brutal six-day races at the turn of the 19th Century.

    This was an exhausting, drug-fueled spectacle and Walthour was a champion at it. Riders were open about the drugs they took. Cocaine of course, but also strychnine for that extra toxic kick after day five.

    Walthour also participated in the most dangerous sport that didn't involve swords, motorpace racing on the banked track. Riders paced on obsolete tracks behind primitive motorcycles that often blew tires or engines or collided at speed, killing drivers, riders and spectators. Racing technology was moving faster than track technology. The tracks had been designed before speeds of up to 50 mph had been possible, and the venues could not contain the carnage. Most of the top riders of the day died on the track, as did Walthour's longtime friend and personal pace driver.

    I also recommend "Quest for Speed" by Andrew Ritchie. It is a history of bicycle racing, starting from the very first contests on penny-farthings.

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