Anyone recommend any good books?

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Re: Anyone recommend any good books?

Postby byegad » Sun Sep 15, 2013 6:25 pm

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hgtevelo wrote:I have just read French Revolution s by Tim Moore, really good.

No sex in that though either :wink:


I've read that too. really funny - I especially like the bit where he's trying out SPD pedals for the first time!


My favourite was the slug squashing, second is the infamous Special Pizza. :D
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Re: Anyone recommend any good books?

Postby TomBruce » Thu Sep 19, 2013 12:24 pm

You can read the first part (about 54 pages) of my book "Every Inch of the Way" about my round the world adventure for free here: http://www.tombrucecycling.com/book

This is the European leg, from Peckforton, Cheshire, England to Istanbul

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Re: Anyone recommend any good books?

Postby pedalsheep » Fri Sep 20, 2013 8:58 am

Danny Bent's 'You've gone too far this time sir' about his ride to take up a teaching job in India is a good read and currently free on Kindle.
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Re: Anyone recommend any good books?

Postby chris3vic » Sat Sep 21, 2013 10:22 pm

Who knew there were so many!!

:D

Loads of recommendations. Thanks. Enough to keep me going for many years at the rate I read!
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Re: Anyone recommend any good books?

Postby North Wales Yorkie » Mon Sep 23, 2013 11:29 am

TomBruce wrote:You can read the first part (about 54 pages) of my book "Every Inch of the Way" about my round the world adventure for free here: http://www.tombrucecycling.com/book

This is the European leg, from Peckforton, Cheshire, England to Istanbul

Thanks,
Tom

I'm enjoying the read, Tom, just starting the Asia section. I was interested in the "Dog Dazzer" but a search only brought up "Dog Dazer II", is this the same device?
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Re: Anyone recommend any good books?

Postby TomBruce » Wed Sep 25, 2013 10:00 am

That's the one, it was a great device, really did work on almost every dog that came at me.
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Re: Anyone recommend any good books?

Postby Whippet » Mon Sep 30, 2013 8:31 pm

IrishBill76 wrote:http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B005D5CLFY/ref=wms_ohs_product?ie=UTF8&psc=1 This one had me in hysterics many a time.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B004 ... UTF8&psc=1 I rather enjoyed this one too.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1849 ... UTF8&psc=1 Absolutely loved this one. Read it twice now and plan on another go soon :)


They'll be great for my next holiday, thanks!
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Re: Anyone recommend any good books?

Postby Big T » Wed Oct 02, 2013 3:36 pm

Just finished reading Tyler Hamilton's book and really enjoyed it. Tells it like it really is/was in the Pro Peloton.
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Re: Anyone recommend any good books?

Postby North Wales Yorkie » Thu Oct 03, 2013 10:51 am

TomBruce wrote:That's the one, it was a great device, really did work on almost every dog that came at me.

Thanks Tom, I've ordered one, just need an unlucky dog to test it on :shock:
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Re: Anyone recommend any good books?

Postby dundrydude » Wed Oct 09, 2013 10:26 pm

Several of the books mentioned in this thread are in a bundle of books I have for sale on a well known auction site, item number 200972972599 :D
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Re: Anyone recommend any good books?

Postby StirlingCrispin » Fri Oct 11, 2013 1:33 pm

I've read many cycling books over the years but these are the ones that have been kept on my bookshelves rather than passed on to a charity shop:

Freewheelin' A Solo Journey Across America by Richard A. Lovett
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/087742 ... 0877423520

Miles from Nowhere by Barbara Savage
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Miles-Nowhere-B ... 985&sr=1-1

The Wind In My Wheels: Travel Tales from the Saddle by Josie Dew (her best book by far)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Wind-My-Wheels- ... 0751502499

A bike ride, by Anne Mustoe - as discussed above

Discovery Road, by Tim Garratt & Andy Brown,
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Discovery-Road- ... 0953057534

And finally:
Postcards From The Edge of Britain by Peter Mann
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Postcards-Edge- ... 1898941408
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Re: Anyone recommend any good books?

Postby Sweep » Sun May 25, 2014 7:54 am

Just read the freebie bit (see above) of Tom Bruce's book.

Enjoyed it so I suppose I should buy the rest.

I think one or two folk have critcised the style in that when describing towns buildings views etc he uses a fairly limited vocabulary.

In truth I found this somewhat refreshing, having a limited appreciation of detailed architectural descriptions.

I found the style clear, crisp and down-to-earth with little recourse to over-dramatisation which can make some similar travelogues sound like a breathless over-hyped pub-tale-telling by a breathless gap year returnee with tales of almost being eaten alive by scorpions/cycling across a canyon on a zipwire or whatever.

Instead simple descriptions of slumming it on the cheap are rather empowering.

In the bit I read, despite this down to earth style, I remain somewhat puzzled/bemused possibly alarmed by his hygiene regime - at least a couple of times after what seems like an extended period on the road free camping in woods etc he describes being offered a shower by a friendly local (he meets lots) but declining it because he couldn't be bothered/didn't have time. I would have thought a shower would be a godsend in such situations and set one up for a few days.
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Re: Anyone recommend any good books?

Postby william_just » Wed May 28, 2014 7:47 pm

This is a lovely book, done for children but great for adults too, especially if you appreciate nice graphics:

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Re: Anyone recommend any good books?

Postby Ridgeback » Wed May 28, 2014 10:51 pm

Danny Bent . His book 'you've gone to far this time sir, is a good read
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Re: Anyone recommend any good books?

Postby Sweep » Tue Jun 10, 2014 5:43 pm

no probs Tom.

I bought the full kindle book in the end - am enjoying it though haven't finished it yet.

So enlightenment on your shower aversion may await me :)
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