Cyclist Bikelist

Cyclist Bikelist

The Book for Every Rider

Book - 2010
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"Bikes are becoming an ever-more vital part of daily life for people of all ages. Laura Robinson combines fascinating history (the first bike was propelled by the rider's feet pushing against the ground) with useful and fun information, including tips for the way to dress for safe and efficient biking; what to eat for maximum body efficiency; and how to select and maintain a bike. The book features riding superstars like Lance Armstrong as well as the kids from Chippewas of Nawash First Nations, whose mountain bike team is coached by Robinson. Detailed diagrams and charts of different types of bikes, tire treads, and even road signs, along with bios of famous cyclists throughout history make this lively book the perfect resource for both dedicated riders and first-time cyclists."
Publisher: Toronto : Tundra Books, c2010
ISBN: 9780887767845
Branch Call Number: J 796.6 Rob 3558jv 1
Characteristics: 55 p. :,col. ill
Additional Contributors: Pérez, Ramón
Alternative Title: Cyclist bike list


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SCL_Justin Aug 16, 2017

Cyclist BikeList: The Book for Every Rider is aimed at middle school kids who are getting into cycling. It’s got a bit about the history of bicycles, and some stuff on how bikes work, which really informs the meat of the book, how to choose a bike. It’s got breakdowns of the differences between Road, Mountain, BMX and Hybrid bikes in terms of tires, frames, the reasons you’d get which. It also has a section on picking a bike shop and the kind of equipment and food that’s good for cycling. I loved the safety section which included the advice to yell and ring your bell at people who turn right in front of you as you’re riding on the street. “They are breaking the law!” the book exclaims. “You are in the right place! Don’t let them intimidate you”

The book was illustrated by Ramon Perez. He’s an Eisner nominated comics guy and the illustrations in the book are very contemporary looking. There are also a few photos for things like the parts of a bike.

The book was very good, and I’d definitely recommend it. It’s not targeted at a YA audience, and is more cool for a twelve-year-old than something a fifteen-year-old would want to read. It’s also a bit more focused on long-distance biking as recreation than short urban rides, but whatever.

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