The Essential Touring Cyclist: A Complete Guide for the Bicycle Traveler (Essential Series) / Edition 2
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The Essential Touring Cyclist: A Complete Guide for the Bicycle Traveler (Essential Series) / Edition 2

by Richard Lovett
     
 

ISBN-10: 0071360190

ISBN-13: 9780071360197

Pub. Date: 12/18/2000

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing

The classic guide for beginning and intermediate cyclists is back—and it’s better than ever. With the latest on bikes, gear, and training techniques and new sections on short tours, and touring abroad, this new edition of The Essential Touring Cyclist promises to appeal to a whole new population of aspiring cyclists. Whether you’re heading out for…  See more details below

Overview

The classic guide for beginning and intermediate cyclists is back—and it’s better than ever. With the latest on bikes, gear, and training techniques and new sections on short tours, and touring abroad, this new edition of The Essential Touring Cyclist promises to appeal to a whole new population of aspiring cyclists. Whether you’re heading out for five hours or five months, this vividly designed, heavily illustrated, and resource-rich guide delivers everything you need.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780071360197
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date:
12/18/2000
Series:
Essential Series
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
1,061,799
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.23(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction


Cycle Touring 101. Getting Started


1 Choosing and Equipping a Bicycle


Types of Bicyles; Gearing; Wheels, Tires, and Tubes; Saddles; Toe Clips; Other Components; Accessories; Useful Additions; How Much Must I Spend?


2 Equipping Yourself


Helmets; Gloves; Eye Shields; Shoes; Cycling Shorts; Shirts and Jerseys; Jackets and Wind Shells; Rain Gear; Cold-Weather Clothing


3 Making Friends with Your Bike and Staying Friendly


Before You Buy; Stems and Cranks; Adjustments


4 Basic Riding Skills


Pedaling Cadence; Riding in Traffic; Traffic Laws; Wind; Dogs; Railroad Tracks, Cattle Guards, and Rumble Strips


5 Day Tours and Training Rides


Training Basics; Spring Training; Base Training; Training for a Tour; Training through Winter; Stretching and Weight Lifting; Doing Your First Century


Cycle touring 102. Beyond Day Riding


6 Organized Tours


Summer Camp on Wheels


7 Vans and Credit Cards: You Don't Have to Camp or Carry a Lot of Weight


Types of Tours


8 Loaded Touring: You Can Take It All With You


Basic Camp Equipment; Bags; Loading Up; Getting Rid of the Shimmies; Other Packing Tips; Light-Touring Rig; What to Carry


9 Life on the Road


Choosing a Destination; Where to Spend the Night; Route Planning: You Say There's a Big Hill Ahead?; Finding Your Way through Cities and Towns; Showers, Sanitation, and Locks; Food; Water; Group Size


10 Challenges and Adversities: With Proper Preparation, Both Can Be Fun (Almost)


Hills and Mountains; Poor Visibility: Forest and Fog; Deserts; Living--Or at Least Drinking--Off the Land; Bridges, Tunnels, and Freeways; Gravel; Construction Zones; Hitching a Ride; Avoiding Confrontations; Rain; Night Riding


11 Getting There: Planes, Trains, Automobiles, Buses, and Ferries


Making a Choice


Appendix: 65 Great Tours--and More


Index


Acknowledgments

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