Peter Eland of Velo Vision has written a new book on the basics of transportational cycling called the Practical Bike Buyer’s Guide. From the Velo Vision website:
The idea of the book is provide a beginner-friendly guide to all of the bikes, accessories and techniques which make practical cycling a pleasure. So it’s a guide to all of the sorts of bikes and cycling which we cover in Velo Vision…
The book grew out of the ‘Velo Vision Buyer’s Guides’ which we published in Issues 8 to 25 of the magazine, each covering a different type of bike or component. These were of course all re-written and updated for the book.
The Practical Bike Buyer’s Guide will be especially useful, I think, to people who may have recently discovered the magazine but who feel Velo Vision assumes rather a lot in terms of background knowledge. This book covers all the basics, discussing the pros and cons of all sorts of different cycling solutions to various transport needs, and taking a practical look at the basics of important systems such as brakes and gearing. For each type of bike, for example folding bikes or workbikes, the various models available on the UK market are shown and described, with contact details and approximate prices.
Because the book is on sale (initially at least) mainly in the UK, we’ve biased the actual buying advice to UK sources, and given UK prices and contact details. But significant machines or components without official distribution in the UK are included too.
Most cycling buyer’s guides stick to the mainstream options of racer, tourer, MTB or city bike. PBBG goes beyond that for people who want to do more by bike. Topics include:
- Folding bikes for easy travel and storage
- Family bikes for tandem togetherness and/or child transport
- Workbikes for carrying large loads
- Special needs bikes which offer mobility to riders of all abilities
- Urban bikes for reliable, thief-resistant transport
- Touring bikes for amazing journeys
- Recumbents for fun and comfort over any distance
The Practical Bike Buyer’s Guide measures 196 x 136 x 20mm, has 232 full colour pages, and is a paperback. Recommended retail price in the UK is $11.99.
The book should be available through all good bookshops – if it’s not in stock, they can order it (ISBN13: 9781905005857). It’s also available through online resellers. You can also buy it direct from us at Velo Vision – this is particularly appreciated for financial reasons :-)
I haven’t had an opportunity to read the book yet, but a friend has a copy and he says it’s excellent. I hope to obtain a copy and provide a review here at some point.