In case you haven’t noticed by the early Christmas light decorations going up around Oxford Circus (did you know they sneak them in 5 hours earlier each year? – made up fact), Christmas is around the corner. Luckily, cyclists are an easy bunch to buy a gift for, so here are 10 great books most wouldn’t mind receiving.
Quick note: Amazon tweaks the prices of their books pretty often so I’m sure these prices will be out of date before I even press the publish button!
1. The Urban Biking Handbook
The Urban Biking Handbook is an all round guide to cycling. It discusses everything from cycling safely to how to maintain your bike. Although readers in England may be a little put off by the American tone. None the less I was impressed with the depth of the maintenance section.
2. Bicycle by Helen Pidd
This expertly written guide by Guardian journalist Helen Pidd is a perfect introduction to cycling. In touches on subjects such as cycling gear, maintenance and customising your bike. It’s a great book to just pickup and refer to as a new cyclist or as a cyclist still learning. Truly a great gift.
3. The Ultimate Guide to Bicycle Maintenance
For £8.99 this is an excellently illustrated and easy to follow guide to bicycle maintenance. For those planning a new years resolution to look after their bike more it’s a great stocking filler.
4. It’s not about the bike
Let’s be honest, would any bike book list be complete without Lance Armstrong’s book? A great read on the challenges Lance Armstrong has overcome with plenty of cycling goodness thrown in.
5. The Rider
Tim Krabbes short book is a thrilling read about the world of professional road racing. You step into the shoes of a competing road cyclist and go through all the emotions and inner thoughts of a challenging race.
6. Moods of Future Joys: Around the World by Bike
Al Humphreys excellent read is about his cycling adventure around the world. His tight budget, the extreme conditions and occasionally dangerous situations faced make for a fascinating tale of perseverance.
7. Cycling Britain
For those looking for longer rides throughout the UK the Lonely Planet Cycling Britain guidebook will appeal. Unfortunately, the book isn’t without its annoyances. The information is becoming out of date faster than it can be updated and the route directions need much improvement. However, it should point you in the right direction to discovering some beautiful parts of England.
8. Tomorrow, we ride
A book that will really appeal to those interested in the golden era of cycle racing.
9. Escape Routes
An excellent guide to short (2 – 7 mile) rides around England. Great for those cyclists who are less about the miles covered and more about the cake stops along the way!
10. 35 London Cycle Routes
The list wouldn’t be complete without recommending my own eBook! Containing 35 of the best bike rides in London, this downloadable book is a great last minute gift for any London Cyclist! If I say so myself..
Instantly available for £7.95 here.
Photo courtesy of Chris Beckett Flickr
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