Cyclopedia: It's All About the Bike [NOOK Book]

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A path through cycling-specific information: slang, cycling stars, equipment, and nicknames
 
The essential A-to-Z compendium of everything there is to know about the bicycle, this sports reference is full of amazing facts and enthralling anecdotes. Numerous entries have been updated for this paperback edition. A world of death-defying feats and obscure mechanical oddities, the nature of cycling is both heroic and geeky, and the perils of...
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Cyclopedia: It's All About the Bike

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Overview


A path through cycling-specific information: slang, cycling stars, equipment, and nicknames
 
The essential A-to-Z compendium of everything there is to know about the bicycle, this sports reference is full of amazing facts and enthralling anecdotes. Numerous entries have been updated for this paperback edition. A world of death-defying feats and obscure mechanical oddities, the nature of cycling is both heroic and geeky, and the perils of vicious dogs are given the same attention as the perils of drug and sex scandals. From the history of the Tour de France and Lance Armstrong’s rise and fall to the origins of the quick-release system and Chris Hoy’s dominance of the Beijing Velodrome, no element is omitted from this exploration of the bicycle and its faithful riders. Cyclopedia has all the equipment, the races, and the faces needed to convert any amateur cyclist into a fully fledged bike expert.
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Editorial Reviews

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“One of the few books that can genuinely be described as indispensible" —The Washing Machine Post

"[a] fact-filled feast ... Top stuff"  —Sport Magazine

"Fotheringham knows his cycling and loves it."  —Independent

“A humorous yet substantial addition to sports or cycling history collections.” —Library Journal  

"[Fotheringham] has a wry, deft writing style and peppers entries with amusing factoids ... a hard book to put down" —cycling-books.com

"A treasure trove of cycling/bicycling racing facts and anecdotes." —BikeCommuters.com

Library Journal
Fotheringham (Cycle Racing) offers a reference to bicycles and cycling culture. Organized alphabetically, entries include brief biographies, terms, competitions, bicycle models and makers, team song lyrics, and even time lines. Informative and frank biographical entries open with birth and death dates, major wins, nicknames, and (when applicable) books written. Framed sidebars present subject trivia, while maps detail a competition's geographical course. A humorous yet substantial addition to sports or cycling history collections.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569769485
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 869,673
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author


William Fotheringham is the cycling correspondent at the Guardian newspaper, covering the Tour de France as well as the Olympic Games. He launched Cycle Sport magazine in 1993 and ProCycling magazine and website in 1998. He is the author of The Badger: The Life of Bernard Hinault and the Legacy of French Cycling; A Century of Cycling; Cycle Racing; Fallen Angel; Half Man, Half Bike: The Life of Eddy Merckx; and Put Me Back on My Bike.
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  • Posted January 15, 2012

    Informative on very wide range of topics

    Being an encyclopedia, this book covers a wide range of topics (with less depth as always in any encyclopedia).

    I am a mechanical design engineer and I was looking for 2 things.

    One: a book that covered ALL designs that ever came out on bicycles. This book does mention a lot but I am not sure if this is a complete list.

    Two: I was looking for more in-depth analysis of at least some basic mechanical design aspects. The author mentions about many design aspects. Covers (little too much IMO) about the famous riders (humans, rather than the bike itself).

    The book IS definitely useful as a start-off for me and the authors sheer volume of work is appreciated.

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