Customer Reviews for

City Cycling

Average Rating 2
( 1 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
Page 1 of 1
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2008

    A reviewer

    I'm a big fan of Mr. Ballantine's numerous editions of his Bicycling Book, a groundshaking work that helped spawn the bicycle boom of the 1970s. That said, I was very disappointed in his latest effort City Cycling. City Cycling, while concentrating on the use of the bicycle as urban commuting vehicle, is in reality mostly a rehash of Ballantine's earlier efforts, which always advocating bike commuting anyway. There's only so much you can say about bike commuting, particularly when most of the book is targeted to urban bike commuting in the United Kingdom. That's not the only problem with Mr. Ballantine's book. He makes several unfortunate clunker recommendations, such as buying and using adjustable stems on everyday commuting bikes (an accident waiting to happen, as these use mere bolt friction to hold their position). He's out of touch in other areas too, such as recommending purchase of old-fashioned mountain bikes with rigid stems as a useful training device for those planning on using a mountain bike regularly - wow, what a big waste of money, when you'll almost certainly be jonesing for a suspension bike in a month or two!! Other ideas from the past, like putting in the usual skimpy, add-on chapter on bike maintenance and repair, have become obsolete with time. It may have made sense in 1980, but in 2008, when thick books devoted solely to bike repair must be limited to certain types of bicycles due to the immense diversity of components and design features, it's worse than useless, even counterproductive, to try and give such generalized repair advice (always followed by language such as 'when it gets complicated, take it to a bike shop and pay them money to fix it). Two stars is being generous. I'd certainly pass on this book and recommend Mr. Ballantine's earlier works, using bikeforums to fill in any gaps on today's bike commuter equipment.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
Page 1 of 1