Bicycling: A Reintroduction

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Interest in bicycling is growing rapidly, with worldwide industry sales up 10 to 25% per year over the past decade. There are currently 450 million bicycles owned in the US, with over 60 million adult riders. Interest in commuting (gas prices), health and fitness (boomers retiring), and environmental concerns (zero emissions) are converging to make bicycling a subject area of continued high growth. This book is designed as an introduction to bicycling, and features current information along with professional ...
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Overview


Interest in bicycling is growing rapidly, with worldwide industry sales up 10 to 25% per year over the past decade. There are currently 450 million bicycles owned in the US, with over 60 million adult riders. Interest in commuting (gas prices), health and fitness (boomers retiring), and environmental concerns (zero emissions) are converging to make bicycling a subject area of continued high growth. This book is designed as an introduction to bicycling, and features current information along with professional quality step-by-step and identification photos.
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THE BOOMER CHRONICLES
"There’s a new book I want you to know about: Bicycling: A Reintroduction (Quayside) by Karen Ruth. I just saw a copy of this beautifully designed and easy-to-use book. It’s made for people like us: baby boomers who want to rediscover the joys of biking. According to the author, about 60 million adults ride bikes, and interest in biking is growing rapidly worldwide, with sales up 10 percent to 25 percent over the past 10 years. The book covers everything from why you should ride, to selecting a bike, to repairing it. I highly recommend it."

WOMEN'S BICYCLES
"You haven’t ridden a bike since you were twelve. Now you want to rediscover the freedom of that two-wheeler. This book is an introduction for you–for adults who haven’t ridden in years or aren’t riding as much as they want to. Sure, you never forget how to ride a bike, but if you haven’t been in a bike shop in years, you will be overwhelmed by all the choices and all the sparkly new machines. How do all the brake designs compare? What sort of frame style is best for your intended riding? This book answers those questions. Also covered are some very basic bike repairs that every rider should master, along with numerous riding tips."

LIBRARY JOURNAL.COM
"Riding a bike may be, well, like riding a bike, but the materials and skills associated with biking (bicycle styles, safety gear, security, road rules, tools, supplies, etc.) can still pass you by. If this reintroduction to the phenomenon of bicycling reminds you of a keenly presented primer for children it's because this is an earnest sport. Certain aspects of biking can slip an amateur biker's mind. Yes, there's a nostalgic ring to the idea that there's no such thing as an obvious breakdown, but because certain aspects of cycling don't involve muscle memory we can forget which hand signals mean what, how to patch a tire, or even what to look for when buying a bike. This is an excellent overview, clearly presented with exceptional visual detail—a one-stop primer worth 100 Wikipedia searches—best for hobby cyclists and beginners, or, ahem, re-cyclists."

BEST SELF ATLANTA
"The thrill of riding your first bike is not easily forgotten, and the new book "Bicycling: A Reintroduction" aims to recapture that excitement. Whether you are interested in a leisurely bike ride through Piedmont Park or want to get into mountain biking, this book also gives you all the information you need on the right bike for you, appropriate clothing, helmets, maintenance and repair and more."

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THE BOOMER CHRONICLES
"There’s a new book I want you to know about: Bicycling: A Reintroduction (Quayside) by Karen Ruth. I just saw a copy of this beautifully designed and easy-to-use book. It’s made for people like us: baby boomers who want to rediscover the joys of biking. According to the author, about 60 million adults ride bikes, and interest in biking is growing rapidly worldwide, with sales up 10 percent to 25 percent over the past 10 years. The book covers everything from why you should ride, to selecting a bike, to repairing it. I highly recommend it."

WOMEN'S BICYCLES
"You haven’t ridden a bike since you were twelve. Now you want to rediscover the freedom of that two-wheeler. This book is an introduction for you–for adults who haven’t ridden in years or aren’t riding as much as they want to. Sure, you never forget how to ride a bike, but if you haven’t been in a bike shop in years, you will be overwhelmed by all the choices and all the sparkly new machines. How do all the brake designs compare? What sort of frame style is best for your intended riding? This book answers those questions. Also covered are some very basic bike repairs that every rider should master, along with numerous riding tips."

LIBRARY JOURNAL.COM
"Riding a bike may be, well, like riding a bike, but the materials and skills associated with biking (bicycle styles, safety gear, security, road rules, tools, supplies, etc.) can still pass you by. If this reintroduction to the phenomenon of bicycling reminds you of a keenly presented primer for children it's because this is an earnest sport. Certain aspects of biking can slip an amateur biker's mind. Yes, there's a nostalgic ring to the idea that there's no such thing as an obvious breakdown, but because certain aspects of cycling don't involve muscle memory we can forget which hand signals mean what, how to patch a tire, or even what to look for when buying a bike. This is an excellent overview, clearly presented with exceptional visual detail—a one-stop primer worth 100 Wikipedia searches—best for hobby cyclists and beginners, or, ahem, re-cyclists."

BEST SELF ATLANTA
"The thrill of riding your first bike is not easily forgotten, and the new book "Bicycling: A Reintroduction" aims to recapture that excitement. Whether you are interested in a leisurely bike ride through Piedmont Park or want to get into mountain biking, this book also gives you all the information you need on the right bike for you, appropriate clothing, helmets, maintenance and repair and more."

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LIBRARY JOURNAL.COM   
"Riding a bike may be, well, like riding a bike, but the materials and skills associated with biking (bicycle styles, safety gear, security, road rules, tools, supplies, etc.) can still pass you by. If this reintroduction to the phenomenon of bicycling reminds you of a keenly presented primer for children it's because this is an earnest sport. Certain aspects of biking can slip an amateur biker's mind. Yes, there's a nostalgic ring to the idea that there's no such thing as an obvious breakdown, but because certain aspects of cycling don't involve muscle memory we can forget which hand signals mean what, how to patch a tire, or even what to look for when buying a bike. This is an excellent overview, clearly presented with exceptional visual detail—a one-stop primer worth 100 Wikipedia searches—best for hobby cyclists and beginners, or, ahem, re-cyclists."

BEST SELF ATLANTA
"The thrill of riding your first bike is not easily forgotten, and the new book "Bicycling: A Reintroduction" aims to recapture that excitement. Whether you are interested in a leisurely bike ride through Piedmont Park or want to get into mountain biking, this book also gives you all the information you need on the right bike for you, appropriate clothing, helmets, maintenance and repair and more."
 

THE BOOMER CHRONICLES
"There’s a new book I want you to know about: Bicycling: A Reintroduction (Quayside) by Karen Ruth. I just saw a copy of this beautifully designed and easy-to-use book. It’s made for people like us: baby boomers who want to rediscover the joys of biking. According to the author, about 60 million adults ride bikes, and interest in biking is growing rapidly worldwide, with sales up 10 percent to 25 percent over the past 10 years. The book covers everything from why you should ride, to selecting a bike, to repairing it. I highly recommend it."

WOMEN'S BICYCLES   
"You haven’t ridden a bike since you were twelve. Now you want to rediscover the freedom of that two-wheeler. This book is an introduction for you–for adults who haven’t ridden in years or aren’t riding as much as they want to. Sure, you never forget how to ride a bike, but if you haven’t been in a bike shop in years, you will be overwhelmed by all the choices and all the sparkly new machines. How do all the brake designs compare? What sort of frame style is best for your intended riding? This book answers those questions. Also covered are some very basic bike repairs that every rider should master, along with numerous riding tips."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589236042
  • Publisher: Creative Publishing International, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/2011
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 946,930
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen Ruth is a massage therapist, writer, and cyclist in Minneapolis. She has cycle toured (self-supported) across the US, in Canada, France, and Ireland. She rides a Terry Symmetry for fun and a Motobecane mixte (free from the trash) for commuting and errand running.

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Table of Contents


Introduction

Why Bike? Why Now?
More Bike Choices
More Riding Options
More Health Benefits
More Room to Grow
Get a Bike
Bicycle Gallery

Get Riding!
Bike Riding Skills

Safety and Security
Security

Clothes and Accessories
Clothing
Accessories
Car Racks

The Bicycle: An Overview
Parts of a Bike

Fix It
Tools and Supplies
Storing Your Bicycle
Basic Bicycle Maintenance and Repair
Bicycle Maintenance Schedule

Appendix: Cycling Fun & Adventure Guide

Glossary
Resources
Photo Credits
Index

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