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Arena Sport
Publication Date
09 October 2014
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Birlinn Limited

How to be a Cyclist

An A–Z of Life on Two Wheels
by John Deering and Phil Ashley - Find out more about the author


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‘A pleasant balance of wit and wisdom, served up with some high production values and gorgeous photography’ – Podium Café

'a great present’ – Scotland Outdoors

No bicycle repair was ever made easier by turning your bike upside down. White shorts are for other people. A helmet perched on the back of your head is perfect if you ride your bike backwards. These and a host of other handy pointers jostle for attention within this A–Z guide to being a cyclist. It’s an essential manual and source of wisdom for those who would be kings of the road. Many pitfalls await the unwary middle-aged-man-in-Lycra, but fear not, for the Guide is here to steer you through choppy waters. No more passing out halfway up a hill. No more ridicule in the work place. No more hurty knee. And no more sock crimes.

Pearls of wisdom are scattered throughout this book like rose petals before a princess on her wedding day. For instance, who could deny that life is too short to drink bad coffee? That a noisy bike is marginally more annoying than a whiney toddler? Or that style should ever be sacrificed for speed? Written by experts who know everything there is to know about cycling, yet never forget that there is nothing funnier than a rabbit playing a trumpet, How to be a Cyclist is mandatory reading for all bike riders.

John Deering’s first book was a study of his time with the chaotic but charismatic Linda McCartney Cycling Team and went on to be voted 5th best cycling book of all time. He has supplied many features to publications such as Procycling, The Official Tour de France Guide and Ride Cycling Review, and contributed regularly to Eurosport’s cycling coverage. He is the author of Bradley Wiggins: Tour de Force, published by Arena Sport.

Phil Ashley studied in Hertfordshire and Swansea before returning to London to set up his own studio. He photographs people, products and places for the likes of the Observer, Nokia, Glaxo Smith Kline and Getty Images. He lives in Middlesex with his wife and daughter.