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Cycling For Dummies


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Foreword xvii Introduction 1 Part I: Getting Ready to Swing Your Leg Over the Saddle 7 Chapter 1: Getting Into Cycling 9 Chapter 2: Picking the Right Bike 25 Chapter 3: Choosing the Right Gear 59 Chapter 4: Making Sure Your Bike Feels Good 83 Chapter 5: Finding the Time to Ride 95 Part II: Freewheeling Fundamentals 107 Chapter 6: Ticket to Ride: Your First Lesson 109 Chapter 7: Knowing the Rules 121 Chapter 8: Thinking Ahead for Safety 131 Chapter 9: Planning Your Trip and Tips for Safe Riding 143 Chapter 10: Toughening Up for Off-Road Riding 169 Part III: Rolling Beyond the Basics 177 Chapter 11: Training and Improving 179 Chapter 12: Touring and Exploring 197 Chapter 13: Cycling With Other People 221 Chapter 14: Riding with Babies, Toddlers and Children 239 Part IV: Maintaining Your Bike and Yourself 257 Chapter 15: Easing Ailments 259 Chapter 16: Fuelling Your Cycling 275 Chapter 17: Can You Fix It? Yes, You Can! 285 Chapter 18: Checks and Adjustments: The Next Step 303 Part V: The Part of Tens 315 Chapter 19: Ten Good Reasons to Ride a Bicycle 317 Chapter 20: Ten Bicycling Do's and Don'ts 327 Chapter 21: Ten Great Rides in Australia and New Zealand 333 Chapter 22: Ten Great Tours and Races around the World 345 Index 357

About the Author

Gavin Wright is one of Australia's most knowledgeable cycling journalists. A regular contributor to Australian Cyclist, he has also appeared on television and radio, talking about cycling and good health. Gavin has cycled the world and ridden with champions but is equally at home riding with beginners.

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