Cycling books - for inspiration!

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by Morrisette, 15 Feb 2008.

  1. Hello,

    I'm looking to inspire myself for training for the London-Cambridge (OK I know this is a distance some people do as a commute :smile: but not me!)

    Anyone read any 'inspiring' cycling books they would like to recommend?

    I am actually planning to do some CYCLING as well as READING, but I usually find this sort of thing to be quite helpful for getting in the right 'space'.

    Thanks! :wacko:
  2. jashburnham

    jashburnham New Member

    French Revolutions byTim Moore - hilarious as well.
  3. Paulus

    Paulus Started young, and still going.

    Blazing saddles by Matt Rendell
    A Peipers Tale by Allan Peiper
  4. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

  5. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    I watch the courier racing vids on youtube or read anything about the tour de france types, either of those sets me off like a loon for a couple of days

    that or buy any piece of clothing of a vaguely go fast nature

    the bib tights work their magic every time I put them on
  6. swee'pea99

    swee'pea99 Legendary Member

    Apologies upfront for being somewhat 'off-brief' in that even I wouldn't claim this to be 'inspiring' in particular, but if you don't have a copy of Richard's Bicycle Book, you should. (And you can get 'em 2nd hand for about £3 incl. p&p.)
  7. OP

    Morrisette New Member

    Not sure anyone is ready to see me in bib tights :smile:

    Thanks for the suggestions!
  8. ChrisKH

    ChrisKH Veteran

    I have three Armstrong books which are inspirational in their own way if you're interested and Paul Kimmage Rough Ride. Happy to post these on if you offer them to the forum afterwards.
  9. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    ChrisKH. You have a pm from me! :smile:
  10. I'm currently reading and enjoying "The complete Book of Long Distance Cycling...." by Burke and Pavelka.

    I've got it on loan from my local public library, but if you enter "Long Distance Cycling" on amazon, it'll head up the list, and cost £8.57. It's ace.
  11. longers

    longers Veteran

  12. Ceedee

    Ceedee Senior Member

    Well worth a read, but I found Graham Obree's The Flying Scotsman a very good read also Lance Armstrong's It's not about the Bike.
  13. HJ

    HJ Cycling in Scotland

    Auld Reekie
    Just get your leg over, that should be all the inspiration you need...

    ... your leg over the saddle that is :ohmy:

  14. ash68

    ash68 New Member

    not strictly cycling books I know but you could try Jane Tomlinson's "the luxury of Time" and "you can't take it with you". Certainly inspirational books, but you may shed a few tears in the process of reading them. Makes me appreciate life, good health and the freedom we all get when out on our bikes. Ain't it a good life:smile:
    +1 for Allan Peiper's - A piper's Tale.
  15. Cathryn

    Cathryn California Correspondant

    I've got it and am currently loving it! If you want it next, drop me a PM and I'll pass it on to you.
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