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    Good Cycling Novels/Biographies?

    I read a book called "Ten Points" a while back, even though I'm solely a montain biker and it's about road crit racing, I loved it. It was written by the editor of Bicycling magazine I think. Anybody with further recomendations?

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    Outside of Lance's books (obviously), I read A Dog In A Hat, by Joe Parkin. Interesting, quick (and pretty funny) read about the dark underside of trying to race professionally in Belgium. I think I finished it in about 4 days.

    http://www.amazon.com/Dog-Hat-Americ...3817585&sr=8-1
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    if you like cycling travelogues i would heartily recommend josie dew

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    Good Book

    I read a book way back when...Sean Kelly-A Man for all Seasons. I think that was the name of the book. I read it before I was even thinking about riding a bike. I really enjoyed it. I also read a book about Greg Lemond, that was very good. I think any book on cyclist is good, showing what they go through to achieve what they want.

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    Metal Cowboy by Joe Kurmaskie
    "A full rigid SS or fixie is 99% rider, 1% bike, and 100% more fun" Monogod

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    Riding with the Blue Moth

    "Riding with the Blue Moth" by Bill Hancock. It's a book about riding a bike across the country that has nothing to do with riding a bike across the country.

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    I strongly recommend Between the Hammer and the Sickle, by Simon Vickers.

    It's a true story of Simon Vickers and three others, crossing the former USSR by bike. It's an amazing story. See link.

    http://www.amazon.com/Between-Hammer.../dp/1856190811

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    Strong +1 for Metal Cowboy by Joe Kurmaskie. Great storyteller.

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    Check out The Rider by Tim Krabbé [author of The Vanishing]. It's about an amateur bike race in the 70's, told from the perspective of one of the racers. It really feels like you're there, suffering on every climb... Even if you don't like road racing, it's still very well written, and provides a visceral experience. Well worth picking up if you ever come across it. It was only translated into English a few years ago, so copies may be hard to find.

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    Major Taylor: The Extaordinary Career of a Champion Bicycle Racer by Andrew Ritchie

    not much into track and its history but a great perspective read.
    don't sweat the petty things & don't pet the sweaty things

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    The Bicycle Diaries by David Byrne ( of Talking Heads) has been pretty good so far, it's about bicycling (and much more) in many cities around the world.

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    This was a great read...

    also Marco Pantani's bio is good.
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    Here is an article about Doris Matyasovich including a link to her book:
    http://outside-blog.away.com/blog/20...tell-me-i.html
    I am enjoying reading the book, Doris rocks! If you live in southern CA (Oc) you may have seen her ripping up the trails.
    Hope I am still able to ride in my 60s...

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    Here's another vote for Between the Hammer and Sickle, that was an EPIC ride for sure and a story well-told also. -GT2005

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    Quote Originally Posted by the bionic knee
    Outside of Lance's books (obviously), I read A Dog In A Hat, by Joe Parkin. Interesting, quick (and pretty funny) read about the dark underside of trying to race professionally in Belgium. I think I finished it in about 4 days.

    http://www.amazon.com/Dog-Hat-Americ...3817585&sr=8-1
    Which of his books are a good read? Might pick them up

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    I like Bob Roll's musings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by huckie
    Strong +1 for Metal Cowboy by Joe Kurmaskie. Great storyteller.
    he's also a real nice guy. his family lives pretty close to mine so i see him with his youngest son at the neighborhood park pretty often in the summertime. i'm not the biggest fan of his actual writing style but the stories are epic and well worth reading....

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    In Search of Robert Millar by Richard Moore. Scotland's greatest cyclist turned out to be cycling's biggest head case.
    It don't mean a feng if it ain't got that
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    Hearts of Lions- The Story of American Bicycle Racing...great book although it was written in the 80s.

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    Ghost Trails by Jill Honer is awesome Check her blog and order her book on the side bar

    http://arcticglass.blogspot.com/
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    +1 on Fotheringham's Tom simpson bio. His historical examinations of the earlier era and characters is enlighteneing and meticulously researched.

    This one is his second book, and well worth seeking out a copy:


    Another great read about the earlier days:
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    The sketchier you are, the better you'll look in artists' renderings.

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    The Rider

    Quote Originally Posted by pinkrobe
    Check out The Rider by Tim Krabbé [author of The Vanishing]. It's about an amateur bike race in the 70's, told from the perspective of one of the racers.

    This is a simply well written book that can go under the radar.

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    "Into the Remote Places" if you can find it. I haven't, but read a bit out of someone else during a trip.

    http://www.amazon.com/Into-remote-pl.../dp/086051255X

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlowerThenSnot
    Ghost Trails by Jill Honer is awesome Check her blog and order her book on the side bar

    http://arcticglass.blogspot.com/
    Yep, 2nd that. Really inspiring read.

    Two Wheels North is good as well for a turn of the last century tale of bike-packing.

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    The Rider, Tim Krabbé
    French Revolutions, Tim Moore

    I could list plenty of other books about the history of bike racing, but those two are tops for pure pleasure of reading. They both talk about riding on road, but they're really good.

    Morgan

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