Cyclist BikeList: The Book for Every Rider

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Bikes are becoming an ever-more vital part of daily life for people of all ages. Laura Robinson combines fascinating history (the first bike was propelled by the rider’s feet pushing against the ground) with useful and fun information, including tips for the way to dress for safe and efficient biking; what to eat for maximum body efficiency; and how to select and maintain a bike.

The book features riding superstars like Lance Armstrong as well as the kids from Chippewas of ...

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Overview

Bikes are becoming an ever-more vital part of daily life for people of all ages. Laura Robinson combines fascinating history (the first bike was propelled by the rider’s feet pushing against the ground) with useful and fun information, including tips for the way to dress for safe and efficient biking; what to eat for maximum body efficiency; and how to select and maintain a bike.

The book features riding superstars like Lance Armstrong as well as the kids from Chippewas of Nawash First Nations, whose mountain bike team is coached by Robinson.

Detailed diagrams and charts of different types of bikes, tire treads, and even road signs, along with bios of famous cyclists throughout history make this lively book the perfect resource for both dedicated riders and first-time cyclists.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Beverly Melasi
The first bicycle was invented in 1817. It was powered by the rider's feet pushing against the ground. Over the years, many changes were added to its engineering, like rubber tires, petals, and a chain drive. Today there are many types of bikes, so one has to research before they buy. For kids still growing, it is not a good idea to spend a lot of money for a bike that will not fit in a year or two, so a hybrid bike is ideal. It absorbs vibrations from bumpy roads and has thick tires. The road bike is made for distance and demands good cycling skills on corners and quick turns. The off-the-road (mountain) bike can absorb the jarring shocks of bumpy roads and rocks without transferring them through the arms, feet, and butt. The BMX race bike jumps and does stunts, while free-style bikes are made for aggressive street riding. The dirt jumper is designed to take flight and does not have front brakes. The flatland bike has no seat at all and is for gymnastics, like hopping around on a set of stairs or to the top of the rail. Traffic laws require the use of a helmet, and the bike is to be equipped with a front white light and a red rear light to improve visibility on the road. A bell is also mandatory. People and animals respond more quickly to a bell than a verbal warning. A bike is considered a vehicle with the same rights as a car, so a rider must know traffic signs and use hand signals to communicate with others. Dress for the ride. Spandex or baggy shorts work the best. This book is packed with pictures, important information about road safety, how to choose the right bike, and clothing ideas for avid cyclists. Reviewer: Beverly Melasi
School Library Journal
Gr 5–10—Don't let the comic style of this book fool you. It's actually a wonderfully substantial introduction to bicycling, covering everything from the physics of bikes to simple mechanics to riding safety to dressing appropriately for changing weather conditions. It even includes tried-and-true tips like stuffing newspaper down the front of your shirt if you need an impromptu windbreaker. The writing is conversational and engaging. Robinson's enthusiasm is always tempered by common sense. For instance, she assumes that her target audience is still growing and advises buying versatile hybrid bikes instead of more expensive types that would have to be quickly replaced. The book is illustrated throughout by colorful photos and cartoons that are informative when they need to be (like showing the various parts of a bike), and otherwise dynamic and playful, with a manga look that enhances the book's accessibility. The final chapter covers cycling as a sport, with inspiring short vignettes about male and female racers. The author coaches a kids' mountain bike team and has found a great way to communicate her love of the sport to a wider audience.—Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780887767845
  • Publisher: Tundra
  • Publication date: 4/13/2010
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

LAURA ROBINSON has been a freelance journalist for nearly twenty years, and she is the author of five books on issues in sports. She was a former member of Canada’s national cycling team and a former Canadian rowing champion. Robinson coaches the Anishinaabe Racers, a mountain bike and Nordic ski team at Cape Croker First Nation Elementary School in Ontario, Canada. Her first children’s book, Great Girls: Profiles of Awesome Canadian Athletes, became a best seller. Cyclist BikeList: The Book for Every Rider is her second children’s book.

RAMÓN K. PÉREZ has been working as a cartoonist for little over a decade. His catalogue of work is as diverse as the styles he employs. He has illustrated comic books, manga, children’s books, role-playing games, collectible card games, and magazines. Ramón K. Pérez is the creator of a somewhat autobiographical weekly online comic strip Butternutsquash and the new adventure comic strip Kukuburi.

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