Cycling book club


Cycling book club

The group to share the cycling books you have read, or are currently reading, with others.

Location: Adelaide, Australia
Members: 50
Latest Activity: Oct 27, 2014

Read any good cycling books lately?

Let everyone know what books you recommend (or suggest staying away from). Suggestions that generate good interest I will attempt to find and make available through the Adelaide Cyclists Book Shop.

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New Cadel Evans book for kids

Started by Gus Apr 18, 2013. 0 Replies

Hardie Grant's publicity today included a new book on Cadel Evans aimed at kids 10-15 yrs.…Continue

Tags: Cadel, Tour, TdF, books

Rouleur Magazine

Started by Gus. Last reply by Gus Aug 17, 2011. 2 Replies

Regular readers would know I am a big fan of Rouleur Magazine. Issue 22 has just been released. It is a really classy read. Great writing on…Continue

Tags: reading, books, magazines, rouleur


Started by Gus. Last reply by trappy Dec 22, 2010. 10 Replies

I have a pile of magazines to entertain me through the Christmas break. They all landed on my doorstep today so I am overwhelmed with excitement!…Continue

Tags: photography, Roleur, Wheeler, Treadlie, magazines

Velo-City: Perth

Started by Andrew Priest Dec 21, 2010. 0 Replies

Hi Okay not a South Aussie book but still a good insight into metro cycling in Perth and I suspect most, if not all Australian capital cities. Most of the chapters are written by cyclists about their…Continue

Book Review - One More KM and We're In the Showers by Tim Hilton

Started by Gus Sep 20, 2010. 0 Replies

Over the winter I've aimed at less screen time to make time for reading some cycling books. I've just finished…Continue

Tags: books, trialling, time, hilton

Best book for (relative) newbie road riders

Started by Mark Drechsler. Last reply by Derek Hasel Aug 10, 2010. 5 Replies

Hi all,As a relative new kid to riding (less than a year) I'm keen to learn more about stuff like road etiquette, technique, training and nutrition and I've been looking around for any good books…Continue

Crane Brothers

Started by Noel McPharline. Last reply by Noel McPharline Aug 10, 2010. 2 Replies

For an exciting travel adventure, any of the Crane Brothers books are ideal."The Great Bicycle Adventure" (1987) is a compilation of 15 short stories often touching on previously published works.In…Continue

Blazing Saddles: The Cruel and Unusual History of the Tour de France

Started by Gus Aug 3, 2010. 0 Replies

I've just finished this book by Matt Rendell. I thought it might be a bit crappy but reading it just before Le Tour kicked off this year it was good to put things into perspective. It looks at every…Continue

Tags: France, de, Tour, Rendell

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Comment by Gus on January 27, 2012 at 8:43

Hello book lovers. If you are seeking a high quality cycling reportage magazine - Rouleur has a bargain at the moment. Free shipping.

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Great magazines . . .Order any number of Rouleur issues before the end of February and they will be absolutely postage-free, which is a treat. Even if you order other items at the same time – like the latest annual, for instance – the magazines will be sent without additional postage charges. Stop Your Messing Around and save a few quid…

Comment by Gus on December 14, 2011 at 14:32

thanks for that P-CL.. I must check out Full Tilt.

The Bike Show (podcast) has just broadcast it's annual what to read show.

Here is an interesting question. Of all they sports why are there more books about cycling than any other sport?

Comment by Purple-crowned Lorikeet on December 10, 2011 at 13:08

For touring books, two must-read classics are Dervla Murphy's Full Tilt (riding from Dublin to Delhi in the 60s) and the Crane Brothers' Journey to the Centre of the Earth (These guys are the ultimate weight weenies - they certainly go overboard at times. They ride to the point on the earth they estimate is the furthest from ocean). Full Tilt is absolutely my favourite book about cycling.

For bike racing books - Major by Todd Balf is a great read about an African American cyclist at the end of the 1800s. From memory he ended up in a world championship race in Adelaide - though its a few years since I've read it so my memory is a little hazy.

Comment by Troy Collett on November 8, 2011 at 11:41

Anyone read One way road yet? or David millars book?

Comment by Gus on October 4, 2011 at 16:54

Quick poll. Rouleur is a British cycling magazine - not your usual how to descend fast and reviews magazine but a really stylish read with excellent photography and writing from some of cycling's best writers. It is not available locally and the price from the UK is about $30.

Would you buy it locally either from a local bike shop or mail order if you could? The cover price would be about $20.

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Comment by Gus on November 23, 2010 at 12:25
There is a great new post on Le with some vignettes of great cycling writing.
Comment by Gus on November 1, 2010 at 20:08
The Bike Snob NYC is on ABC Radio National's Life Matters Tuesday 2 Nov. It'll be podcast on the website after the show. Should be fun.
Comment by Gus on October 5, 2010 at 20:33
Gemma, Matt Rendell is a great writer. I've not read his Pantani bio but his book Blazing Saddles: the cruel and unusual history of the TdF is excellent and unexpected.

@Amanda, so I should scrub that one from the shop... ok. I'll replace it with The Anna Meares Story
Comment by Gemma K on October 5, 2010 at 20:00
Amanda - sounds like a Lance Armstrong book (self-absorbed wanker)!

I have a few good cycling books, happy to lend them out. "Death of Pantani" by Matt Rendell is a pretty scary one....
Comment by The Sports Pharmacist on September 3, 2010 at 21:07
After receiving "21 Nights in July" a few weeks ago, I managed to sit down and read it over the course of the week. Extremely difficult to put down, I could have polished it off in one session if I had the time.
As Guy said, as long as you don't take some of his overly thought views to heart, this is a fantastic read. The TDF stage summaries are very clever (managing to cram 4 hours of racing into just a few sentences is on occasion hilarious), as are the scything attacks on motorists.
well worth the read.......probably worth a second go over too!

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