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Old 06-29-2015, 09:31 AM
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My book is now for sale on-line

At last, took awhile but Switchbacks Vol I can now be bought on line. Kind of complicated to make happen since the book was printed in Boulder, is being sold in the states, and I live in France. My printer saved me. Steuben Press in Longmont was a major windfall. Did a search on the net for printers, they were one of many in Colorado, I liked what I read, liked even more what I heard when I called, decided then and there no need to search further. That turned out to be a great call. Pricing was excellent plus Adam, the owner, stocks them and mails them out when an order is received plus, and this is what totally saved my butt, the orders pass through his account. Without a residence in the states I was unable to have an account to do it myself. I asked if there was any possibility of doing it with him, told me he didnít see any problems so why not! And with that all was in place. Then I just had to figure out how to create a site on Squarespace with an on-line store for the book.

So, the details, big book, weighs in at 1 lb 10 oz Iím told, 196 pages, 178 photos (yea, I counted them one day, had no idea before that, front and back covers arenít included in the count), landscape format 12 in x 8,5 in, a really good quality silk paper for the interior and a laminated cover. Itís not a hard cover, would have been too expensive, which I suppose the book is already. Price is 42$, 48.50$ with the shipping.

Only ran-off 200 copies but also had another 100 covers printed so that if my some wonderful good luck I actually sell out the 200 and need some more I can have them at the same price as the first 200. Obviously a small run like that is way more expensive than if Iíd run-off 1000 but I kind of hated the idea of ending up with books to throw away, not to mention the money thrown away. So 200 seemed like a good number, large enough to reduce the price but small enough that paying for them wasnít a bank buster.

For those who have been waiting for the book and finally order it, all I can say is I hope it lives up to your expectations. I think itís a good book, obviously since I did it, but Iím also someone who loves books and for me itís a good book. Any screw-ups you find are mine; the book was literally a one-man show all the way until it got to the printer. I suppose that about covers it. No, one more thing, since the idea of doing the book has been so enthusiastically pushed by forum members for some time now, and since I like this forum and always find something interesting on it, 1$ of every book sold will be given to the forum administrators to help keep it going.

And no, there isnít and wonít be an electronic version. I like books I can hold and turn pages and see lined up on the book shelves and loan to people when they see something they havenít read so itís in paper only. Iím old fashioned I guess. Logical I suppose since Iím old.

Okay, to order the book go to There are various pages of excerpts from the book (jpgís of pages) and miscellaneous info and of course the part where you can order it. If youíre in the Boulder area you can also go to Vecchioís and buy it from them to avoid the shipping cost. Otherwise sales are only via my site. Between the cost of the book and cost of shipping it to shops and the final retail price which I wanted to keep as low as I could there isnít enough margin to make it all that interesting for shops to carry. Or at least thatís my thinking but if some shop wanted to sell it, for sure thatís doable. Personally I think the book is a fine way to market riding a road bike but on the other hand anyone whoíd be interested in reading about riding a bike in France is already well sold on the sport.

Thanks for your patience all those who have been waiting for the book. Must admit Iím looking forward to hearing what people think of it, or at least I am if they like it!
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Old 06-29-2015, 09:40 AM
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Awesome....and congrats.

Someone was really quick, I'm order #2.
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Old 06-29-2015, 09:41 AM
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Many thanks for doing this. I've been looking forward to it for a long time!
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Old 06-29-2015, 09:52 AM
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Order #4 is in. $42 bucks is not high at all for a book like that. Looking forward to it.
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Old 06-29-2015, 09:59 AM
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Enjoyed the previews so much that I hit the order button. Looks like I'm #5.
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Old 06-29-2015, 10:54 AM
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Talking Thanks Velo pal!

Order Confirmed

Order Number: #00008

Your order of 48.50 at Switchbacks - Vol I has been confirmed.


The word for "eight" (八 Pinyin: bā) sounds similar to the word which means "prosper" or "wealth" (發 Ė often paired with "發財" during Chinese New Years, but is used alone or paired with numerous other "compound words" that have a meaning of luck or success, Pinyin: fā). In regional dialects the words for "eight" and "fortune" are also similar, e.g., Cantonese "baat3" and "faat3". Note as well, this particular symbol matches the mathematical symbol of infinity. While Chinese does have other words for luck, this full understanding of luck that includes the infinity concept marries into a Chinese understanding of this particular word.
There is also a visual resemblance between two digits, "88", and 囍, the "shuāng xĭ" ("double joy"), a popular decorative design composed of two stylized characters 喜 ("xĭ" meaning "joy" or "happiness").
The number 8 is viewed as such an auspicious number that even being assigned a number with several eights is considered very lucky.
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Old 06-29-2015, 11:13 AM
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Looking forward to delivery!

Order Confirmed

Order Number: #00009
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Old 06-29-2015, 11:32 AM
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Order #10. Looking forward to it!
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Old 06-29-2015, 12:01 PM
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Originally Posted by velotel View Post
i like books i can hold and turn pages and see lined up on the book shelves and loan to people when they see something they havenít read so itís in paper only.
Old... and in the way.
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Old 06-29-2015, 12:21 PM
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Lucky #13 -> That's me!

Really look forward to this.
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Old 06-29-2015, 12:23 PM
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Old 06-29-2015, 12:25 PM
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#15 -- I'm looking forward to the words and images. Thanks.
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Old 06-29-2015, 12:36 PM
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I cannot wait to sit down and enjoy it!

Can I read it with clinchers?

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Old 06-29-2015, 12:46 PM
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An Inspiration! Thank you!
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Old 06-29-2015, 01:20 PM
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# 18 - thanks. I really enjoy reading your ride reports here and I can't wait to read the book. You have a way with words.
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