Good cycling books

MartAstur Posts: 122
edited November 2012 in Road buying advice
Can anyone recommend any good cycling books.

I have been put in charge of buying my own Christmas presents this year and as I just bought a brand new bike (without telling her) the wife has put quite a tight limit on what I can buy so I thought I would get a few cycling books (the turbo trainer will have to wait).

I have read Wiggin's pre tour 'In persuit of Glory' and also Victoria Pendelton's 'Between the lines' and really enjoyed both. I plan to buy Wiggin's new book of course but was wondering if anyone can recommend any other cycling books. I would also be interested in any good bike repair books. In fact any books to do with cycling.


  • lc1981
    lc1981 Posts: 820
    There's a similar thread here with some good suggestions. I enjoyed David Millar's Racing Through the Dark and William Fotheringham's Merckx: Half Man, Half Bike, and It's All About the Bike by Rob Penn is good if you want to know more about the history and design of bikes (it doesn't cover maintenance but it might be good background reading is it explains some of the physics behind how a bike works). There are also some good coffee table-type books such as Mountain High.
  • nevman
    nevman Posts: 1,611
    Fallen angel.will fotheringham,s book on Fausto Coppi .
    Whats the solution? Just pedal faster you baby.

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  • you might get a bargain on lances its not about the bike
  • David Millar autobiography
    Laurent Fignon autobiography
    In search of Robert Millar
    The secret race
    Chris Hoy autobiography

    All good reads

    I wasn't keen on The Flying Scotsman, I found it pretty boring and repetitive.

    Currently reading 'Obsessive Compulsive Cycling Disorder' which is very good, and under a pound for the Kindle version on Amazon.
  • dai_t75
    dai_t75 Posts: 189
    I have picked up 2 books since starting (couple of months) and found them both to be good:

    - Cyclecraft - This is essentially about how to ride safely on the roads and deal with tricky situations.

    - Zinn and the art of road bike maintenance - This is an a4 size books with lots of diagrams showing you how to fix/fiddle with just about everything on the bike!
  • There are many good cycling book options out there. Lots of good suggestions already, too. Here are a few more.

    It depends on what cycling topic you want to get into:

    Pro cycling and doping scandal:
    -Armstrong's War by Daniel Coyle - Great book about Armstrong during the 2004 season. Great insight into pro cycling, the races, and the riders.
    -Secret Race by Tyler Hamilton and Daniel Coyle - Great book about the doping scandal that gripped the cycling world recently.
    -USADA Reasoned Decision - You can download and read that one for free. Includes testimony from most of Armstrong's former teammates, doping admissions, and insight into the doping problems with pro cycling.

    Other Cycling topics:
    -Obsessive Compulsive Cycling Disorder by David Barter - Already mentioned above, but worth mentioning again.
    -The Feed Zone Cookbook by Allen Lim and Chef Biju Thomas - Good recipes for athletes on the go.
    -The Bicycle Guide to Complete Bicycle Maintenance and Repair: For Road Bikes and Mountain Bikes - This is a complete guide for anyone who is looking to do their own bike repair at home.

    I hope this list helps. There are more out there, depending on what topic you are interested in.

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  • Thanks for the recommendations. Wow! there is even a cook book in there :) might actually buy that.

    I think I am going to buy the Obsessive, Compulsive Cycling Disorder and for sure one or two others that have been mentioned.
    Very useful to have other peoples opinions as there seem to be quite a lot of books out there. Now I have a list it should be easier to choose :)

    Thanks again,
  • The Rider by Tim Krabbe needs to be added to the list :)
    "You really think you can burn off sugar with exercise?" downhill paul
  • The Rider by Tim Krabbe needs to be added to the list :)

    Added! :) Never heard of that one ... looks good. Thanks
  • Bobbinogs
    Bobbinogs Posts: 4,841
    The Hour one by Dr Hutch is ok. Not half as "hilarious" as it says on the tin but it does give a great background to the hour and all the history. It also shows the level of obsession required to be successful at that level, as well as the madness that is the UCI.

    I really enjoyed The Full English. I forget who it is by but it really is a great chuckle of a read and, if you are middle aged like I am, then it does ring a lot of bells... although my aspirations for a day of riding is slightly more than 15 miles :) Great stuff though, pretty much read it within a few days which is always a good sign.
  • nolight
    nolight Posts: 261
    You can't get faster by reading!
  • nolight wrote:
    You can't get faster by reading!

    Yes you can.
    "You really think you can burn off sugar with exercise?" downhill paul
  • mustol
    mustol Posts: 134
    Reading Nicholas Roche's 'Inside the Peloton' at the moment, really good insight into the life of a pro cyclist. David Millar's 'Racing Through the Dark' is a must-read and also enjoyed 'Slaying the Badger'.
  • secretsam
    secretsam Posts: 5,117
    Much as above, Rob Penn's book very interesting, gives insight into the history of the bike as well. There was a book yonks back by ?? Bettina Selby?? about cycling to the Himalayas, you could also try that fella who rode round the world in a record time, the Scot chap, don't recall his name.

    Oh, and 100 greatest climbs might be worth adding to your list, along with a good maintenance book.

    It's just a hill. Get over it.
  • I thoroughly enjoyed:
    Free Country: A Penniless Adventure the Length of Britain - two blokes set off from Lands End in boxer shorts and nothing else, with a plan to cycle to John O Groats.
    You've gone too far this time Sir. Chap cycles from London to India.
    Both very interesting and more about the journey than the bike.
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  • I really enjoyed Racing through the dark, i didn't actually know all that much about Miller when i read it, but that didn't really effect my enjoyment of it. Probably going to go for Half Man Half Bike next.
  • lotus49
    lotus49 Posts: 763
    nolight wrote:
    You can't get faster by reading!

    Yes you can.


    Reading about the greats can be inspiring and you can also pick up useful tips about technique, diet, pacing yourself properly etc. Reading won't make up for riding but you can't ride your bike when you're on the train.

    Have a look at for some more reading suggestions.
  • Currently reading 'Obsessive Compulsive Cycling Disorder' which is very good, and under a pound for the Kindle version on Amazon. I'll go with that!
  • Just finished the Secret Race last week. Great reading, but apart from the doping, it also reveals how "thick" some of those riders are! Amendment, make that " extremely very thick" :-)
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  • A Dog In A Hat by Joe Parkin (I think that's right) is a good read about an American racer making his way on the Belgium kermesse scene. Eye opening and funny in equal amounts!
  • I also found David Millar's Racing in the dark a really good read. Best cycling book yet.

    I also hear good things about 'Gold', which is a novel about track cycling.
  • jordan_217
    jordan_217 Posts: 2,580
    The Death of Marco Pantani by Matt Rendell. Very well researched and written.

    +1 David Millar biography.

    Currently reading Merckx: Half man, half bike by William Fotheringham. Enjoying it so far.

    Beryl Burton or Tom Simpson biography next......
    “Training is like fighting with a gorilla. You don’t stop when you’re tired. You stop when the gorilla is tired.”
  • My local oxfam book shop has 4 copies of Armstrongs it's not about the bike! (which i thought was pretty craply written.) I'm now reading Mark Beaumont's the man who cycled the world, superb and inspiring!
  • Thanks for all the great recommendations. Was hard to choose but in the end I just ordered the following:
    21 Days of Glory
    Bradley Wiggins - My Time
    Mountain High - Europe's 50 greatest Mountain climbs
    The Rider - Tim Krabbe
    Obsessive, Compulsive cycling disorder
    Zinn and the Art of Road Bike Maintenance
    The Time crunched cyclist

    These should keep me busy for a while and in the New Year I will buy a few autobiographies.
    Thanks once again.