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ceolwulf
12-22-2013, 03:38 PM
So I was thinking yesterday it's been a long cold winter up here in the deep freeze already; whereupon I realized that yesterday was only the first day, ouch.

Going to need a few more books to survive. What do you recommend? I have very little so far. Actually only Flying Scotsman and The Hour (both very good). Thinking along the lines of histories, biographies, early road racing, track racing, cyclocross if anything can be found about that, and so on. I was going to get Intimate Portrait of the Tour de France but it's out of print and the cheapest used copies are around two tubular's worth so yeah.

I found good lists at Velominati (http://www.velominati.com/the-works/) and the Rouleur store (http://rouleur.cc/shop/categories/books?cur=GBP), anything from those that you could recommend? or anything not on those lists?

Really considering a Rouleur subscription too.

oldpotatoe
12-22-2013, 04:47 PM
So I was thinking yesterday it's been a long cold winter up here in the deep freeze already; whereupon I realized that yesterday was only the first day, ouch.

Going to need a few more books to survive. What do you recommend? I have very little so far. Actually only Flying Scotsman and The Hour (both very good). Thinking along the lines of histories, biographies, early road racing, track racing, cyclocross if anything can be found about that, and so on. I was going to get Intimate Portrait of the Tour de France but it's out of print and the cheapest used copies are around two tubular's worth so yeah.

I found good lists at Velominati (http://www.velominati.com/the-works/) and the Rouleur store (http://rouleur.cc/shop/categories/books?cur=GBP), anything from those that you could recommend? or anything not on those lists?

Really considering a Rouleur subscription too.

Get Rouleur, well worth it.

Taming the Badger
Dog in the Hat.

thunderworks
12-22-2013, 05:38 PM
I sell a fabulous picture book about Colnago with lots of history of the 2nd half of the last century - you can search for the book on ebay. The author is Augusto Stagi.

choke
12-22-2013, 07:25 PM
I really enjoyed Paris-Roubaix: A Journey Through Hell.

FlashUNC
12-22-2013, 07:28 PM
Rouleur is worth every penny.

Tomorrow, We Ride is also outstanding. A fine book by Jean Bobet.

merckx
12-22-2013, 07:40 PM
Try, Boys in the Boat. Good read.

nighthawk
12-22-2013, 07:44 PM
The Rider by Tim Krabbé, is one of my favorites.

steelbikerider
12-22-2013, 07:54 PM
Road to Valor about Gino Bartoli
I couldn't find the titles but a few years ago Velo Press had a series of novels about an American rider on a European pro team involved in various doping, murders, and other incidents. Not great literature but fun reading

ORMojo
12-22-2013, 08:55 PM
Good request, I'll check back to see if I can pick up some new ideas.

I'm thinking that since you are a newer member, maybe you haven't seen this thread yet - lots of good titles, maybe it will help.

http://forums.thepaceline.net/showthread.php?t=28291

alessandro
12-22-2013, 09:00 PM
Get Rouleur, well worth it.

Taming the Badger
Dog in the Hat.

Slaying the Badger (Taming, Slaying, le Blaireau was equally resistant ;)). Very interesting book.

I enjoyed A Dog in a Hat, but I love The Rider--read it several times, plan to dip back in every now and again.

choke
12-22-2013, 09:03 PM
I couldn't find the titles but a few years ago Velo Press had a series of novels about an American rider on a European pro team involved in various doping, murders, and other incidents. Not great literature but fun readingTwo Wheels, Perfect Circles, Derailleur, Deadroll and Dead Air - written by Greg Moody.

ceolwulf
12-22-2013, 09:08 PM
Good request, I'll check back to see if I can pick up some new ideas.

I'm thinking that since you are a newer member, maybe you haven't seen this thread yet - lots of good titles, maybe it will help.

http://forums.thepaceline.net/showthread.php?t=28291

Thanks, no I hadn't seen that. Will have a scan through.

And thanks to everyone else for the suggestions so far.

oldpotatoe
12-23-2013, 07:21 AM
Slaying the Badger (Taming, Slaying, le Blaireau was equally resistant ;)). Very interesting book.

I enjoyed A Dog in a Hat, but I love The Rider--read it several times, plan to dip back in every now and again.

Ooops...gave the book away.

bargainguy
12-23-2013, 10:09 AM
Just finished Half Man, Half Bike, a recent bio of The Cannibal. Very interesting read.

pmac
12-23-2013, 02:35 PM
French Revolutions, by Tim Moore. Very funny account of a fairly inexperienced rider riding the TdF route.

Mark McM
12-23-2013, 02:52 PM
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ceolwulf
12-23-2013, 04:19 PM
Got Paris-Roubaix: A Journey Through Hell, Road to Valour, and Half Man, Half Bike for a start. Thanks everyone for suggestions so far :hello:

thunderworks
12-23-2013, 04:38 PM
Try, Boys in the Boat. Good read.

I couldn't agree more! The "Boys in the Boat" is one of the best books I've read in a long time.

If you don't know the story, it's about the 1936 Olympics and the University of Washington Crew team that competed and won.

NHAero
12-23-2013, 08:49 PM
More Than A Race by Don Metz
four 70 yr old cyclists ride RAAM pretty darn fast

martl
12-24-2013, 05:44 PM
My recommendations:

"rough ride" by Kimmage - an insight into the life of a water carrier
"the escape artist: life from the saddle" by Matt Seaton. deeply moving
"from Santander to Santander" - Peter Winnen; a great rider and a good writer

merlincustom1
12-24-2013, 08:56 PM
In Search of Robert Millar

Hawker
12-25-2013, 12:19 PM
The Yellow Jersey-Ralph Hurne (Fiction, a classic)

Heft on Wheels-Mike Magnuson (Memoir of a overweight writer/alcoholic who finds cycling)

The Happiness of Pursuit-Davis Phinney (Bio)

Need for the Bike-Paul Fournel (French writer, essays about the joy of cycling)

Bicycle Love, Stories of Passion, Joy and Sweat-A compilation short stories by various writers...fun and I really liked this book. Published by Breakaway Books.