Friday, 21 October 2011

City Cycling by Richard Ballantine

This was £3 well spent - even life-changing!

The book caught my eye in Oxfam in Marylebone High Street - I'd read his brilliant Richard's Bike Book in my teens. Once more his enthusiasm is infectious as he takes you buying a bike, updates you on the technology and types of ride available, and reminds you how to cycle in traffic.

The maintenance section is shorter than in the original - once all bike makers did things in a pretty similar way, now there are too many permutations and combinations to cover in a small volume. The basics of setting up your bike for a comfortable ride, cable adjustment and puncture repair are still here though.

Above all, the book has you itching to get out there on two wheels again - I have and I can't tell you how happy it's made me. Richard is a great guide - why not see for yourself?


  1. Books AND bikes - a lethal combination!

  2. Certainly is! And there's more on today's post