Anyone recommend any good books?

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Re: Anyone recommend any good books?

Postby TomBruce » Wed Jun 18, 2014 1:45 pm

Hope you enjoy it...

I should say that the "hygiene regime" during my cycle trip is not a reflection of my normal life!

That was the style I was going for - easy to read, not describing every detail of the 1000s of landscapes I saw, but talking more about everyday life of the road, the people I met, and the challenges I faced. It aint gonna please everyone but I'm not Shakespeare...

http://www.tombrucecycling.com/book
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Re: Anyone recommend any good books?

Postby TomBruce » Fri Jun 20, 2014 11:06 am

Part 1 (the European Leg) of my book "Every Inch of the Way" is currently available on Amazon for free http://www.amazon.co.uk/Every-Inch-Bike-Around-World-ebook/dp/B00CLUGALK/ref=tmm_kin_title_0

http://www.tombrucecycling.com
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Re: Anyone recommend any good books?

Postby Sweep » Fri Jun 20, 2014 7:54 pm

Recommended.
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Re: Anyone recommend any good books?

Postby pedalsheep » Sat Jun 21, 2014 7:06 pm

Recommended

Seconded - I enjoyed reading it.
'Why cycling for joy is not the most popular pastime on earth is still a mystery to me.'
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Re: Anyone recommend any good books?

Postby boagy » Sun Jun 22, 2014 8:45 pm

Moron to Moron.

A book by Danny Bent I think it is Beijing to Bombay or something like that both books are by first time tourer's and a laugh.
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Re: Anyone recommend any good books?

Postby Spoke » Thu Jul 10, 2014 8:06 am

I am looking for a similar thing (for a gift).

I found this one "12 Months in the Saddle"
http://www.bicycle-discounts.com/access ... epic-rides

And according to this review http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/uk/ ... 66339.html
and http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/reviews/ ... the-saddle
it looks interesting.

I especially like the fact that the riders seems to be 'ordinary' people (MAMILs) going for an extra ordinary experience. :)

Did anybody read it?
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Re: Anyone recommend any good books?

Postby pedalsheep » Thu Jul 10, 2014 9:19 am

Spoke wrote
am looking for a similar thing (for a gift).

I found this one "12 Months in the Saddle"
http://www.bicycle-discounts.com/access ... epic-rides

And according to this review http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/uk/ ... 66339.html
and http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/reviews/ ... the-saddle
it looks interesting.

I especially like the fact that the riders seems to be 'ordinary' people (MAMILs) going for an extra ordinary experience. :)

Did anybody read it?


I bought this very cheaply last year from a clearance bookshop as it had a slight printing fault. Its OK but its basically a book for looking at the pictures rather than actually reading. They were accompanied by a professional photographer and some of the pictures are excellent but the text is rather banal - mostly just blokey banter. Its a nice coffee table book but I wouldn't call it a good read.
'Why cycling for joy is not the most popular pastime on earth is still a mystery to me.'
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Re: Anyone recommend any good books?

Postby Spoke » Thu Jul 10, 2014 8:09 pm

pedalsheep wrote:I bought this very cheaply last year from a clearance bookshop as it had a slight printing fault. Its OK but its basically a book for looking at the pictures rather than actually reading. They were accompanied by a professional photographer and some of the pictures are excellent but the text is rather banal - mostly just blokey banter. Its a nice coffee table book but I wouldn't call it a good read.


So it looks nice :) good enough for a gift if I don't find something better! :)
Thx!
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Re: Anyone recommend any good books?

Postby 20lennox » Sat Jul 12, 2014 9:36 pm

French Revolutions by Tim Moore - bloke testing himself against the TdF route - very funny - very true - my husband giggled himself to sleep every night!
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Re: Anyone recommend any good books?

Postby Sweep » Sun Jul 13, 2014 12:32 pm

+ 1 to the Tim Moore book.

(though gave up on his Donkey powered Camino book - I found the jokes too forced - that's what comes of leaving the bike behind)

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I can recommend this.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Touring-Surviva ... ival+guide

Not a travelogue but you will learn more from it than reading several travelogues about the practicalities.

Answers lots of sensible questions (even stupid ones - stupid questions are often the best) you will have thought of, some you will have thought of but were too embarrassed to ask and some you maybe haven't thought of but should have done.

But no worries they will ask and answer them for you.

With this on a Kindle you could prepare for a trip in no time and if you take it with you will have a ready reference for comfort and advice along the way.
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Re: Anyone recommend any good books?

Postby pedalsheep » Mon Jul 21, 2014 9:06 pm

Sweep wrote
I can recommend this.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Touring-Surviva ... ival+guide

Not a travelogue but you will learn more from it than reading several travelogues about the practicalities.

Answers lots of sensible questions (even stupid ones - stupid questions are often the best) you will have thought of, some you will have thought of but were too embarrassed to ask and some you maybe haven't thought of but should have done.

But no worries they will ask and answer them for you.

With this on a Kindle you could prepare for a trip in no time and if you take it with you will have a ready reference for comfort and advice along the way.
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I bought this a couple of years ago from their website http://www.travellingtwo.com and a couple of days ago I received an email from them telling me that I was entitled to download the new updated edition for free. I did so and it is absolutely excellent. The focus is primarily on lengthy tours but the advice is equally applicable to shorter jaunts.
Highly recommended.
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Re: Anyone recommend any good books?

Postby Sweep » Fri Sep 12, 2014 10:23 am

pedalsheep wrote:
I bought this a couple of years ago from their website http://www.travellingtwo.com and a couple of days ago I received an email from them telling me that I was entitled to download the new updated edition for free. I did so and it is absolutely excellent. The focus is primarily on lengthy tours but the advice is equally applicable to shorter jaunts.
Highly recommended.


Agreed - I have just read the updated edition and it's even better than the first.

I know this might sound like a cliche, but if you buy this ebook I don't think you will need to buy another practical book on touring again.

IMPORTANT: I'd recmmend that folk buy the book direct from travellingtwo as pedalsheep did.

Apart from (presumably) more money going to the authors, the updating system works far better when buying direct than through Amazon.

In addition to the ebook format you also get a PDF.

Also a fair chance that more tax will end up in the public purse as well so a win win.
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Re: Anyone recommend any good books?

Postby dundrydude » Fri Sep 12, 2014 10:30 pm

Travels with Rosinante - French bloke cycles round the world rivetting local beer bottle caps onto his mudguards as he goes. doesn't get much better than that :D
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Re: Anyone recommend any good books?

Postby robing » Fri Sep 12, 2014 11:53 pm

No place like home thank god. By Stephen Primrose Smith. A really good read and funny.


http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B00M9QV ... mp_s_a_1_1
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Re: Anyone recommend any good books?

Postby Sweep » Sun Sep 14, 2014 2:01 pm

+1
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