Cyclist Bikelist

Cyclist Bikelist

The Book for Every Rider

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A guide to bicycles and bicycling. Discusses the history of bicycles, their parts, different types, and choosing the right one; bicycling safety and clothing; bicycle maintenance; and famous cyclists.
Publisher: Toronto : Tundra Books, c2010
ISBN: 9780887767845
0887767842
Branch Call Number: j796.6 ROB NVD
Characteristics: 55 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Perez, Ramón

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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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