Signed Edition Sweepstakes

Recently Viewed clear list

Original Essays | September 30, 2014

Benjamin Parzybok: IMG A Brief History of Video Games Played by Mayors, Presidents, and Emperors

Brandon Bartlett, the fictional mayor of Portland in my novel Sherwood Nation, is addicted to playing video games. In a city he's all but lost... Continue »
  1. $11.20 Sale Trade Paper add to wish list

    Sherwood Nation

    Benjamin Parzybok 9781618730862

Qualifying orders ship free.
Used Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Hawthorne Sports and Fitness- Bicycling General

More copies of this ISBN

City Cycling


City Cycling Cover

ISBN13: 9781905005604
ISBN10: 1905005601
Condition: Standard
All Product Details

Only 1 left in stock at $5.95!


Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Cycling is fast, cheap, green, and healthy. Richard Ballantine wrote the world-famous Richard's Bicycle Bookand founded Bicycle Magazine. City Cyclingis his distilled expertise on the techniques and pleasures of cycling as an urban lifestyle.

About the Author

Richard is a cycling author and advocate. His Richard's Bicycle Book appeared in 1972, at the time of a bike sales boom driven by a worldwide oil crisis, and became an essential handbook for millions of cyclists. Richard rode on to found several cycling magazines and author numerous books. Born in the USA, Richard now lives in London, UK.

What Our Readers Are Saying

Add a comment for a chance to win!
Average customer rating based on 1 comment:

Glen22, April 12, 2008 (view all comments by Glen22)
Regurgitation of earlier work, with some clunker advice thrown in...

I'm a big fan of Mr. Ballantine's numerous editions of his Bicycling Book, a groundshaking work that helped spawn the bicycle boom of the 1970s. That said, I was very disappointed in his latest effort, City Cycling.

City Cycling, while concentrating on the use of the bicycle as urban commuting vehicle, is in reality mostly a rehash of Ballantine's earlier efforts, which always advocating bike commuting anyway. There's only so much you can say about bike commuting, particularly when most of the book is targeted to urban bike commuting in the United Kingdom.

That's not the only problem with Mr. Ballantine's book. He makes several unfortunate clunker recommendations, such as buying and using adjustable stems for hard everyday use on commuting bikes (an accident waiting to happen, as these use mere bolt friction to hold their position). He's out of touch in other areas too, such as recommending purchase of old-fashioned mountain bikes with rigid forks as a useful training device for those planning on using a mountain bike regularly - wow, what a big waste of money, when you'll almost certainly be jonesing for a suspension bike in a month or two!! Other ideas from the past, like putting in the usual skimpy, add-on chapter on bike maintenance and repair, have become obsolete with time. It may have made sense in 1980, but in 2008, when thick books devoted solely to bike repair must be limited to certain types of bicycles due to the immense diversity of components and design features, it's worse than useless, even counterproductive, to try and give such generalized repair advice (always followed by language along the lines of 'when it gets complicated, take it to a bike shop and pay them money to fix it').

Two stars is being generous. I'd certainly pass on this book and recommend Mr. Ballantine's earlier works, using bikeforums to fill in any gaps on today's bike commuter equipment.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
(3 of 3 readers found this comment helpful)

Product Details

Ballantine, Richard
Cycling - General
Publication Date:
May 2008
Grade Level:
7.40 x 5.43 in

Other books you might like

  1. Urban Bikers' Tricks & Tips:... Used Trade Paper $7.50
  2. Biking to Work (Chelsea Green Guides) Sale Trade Paper $0.95
  3. Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintena... Used Trade Paper $14.95
  4. Every Woman's Guide to Cycling:... Used Trade Paper $7.50
  5. Pedal Power: The Quiet Rise of the... Used Trade Paper $8.50

Related Subjects

Sports and Outdoors » Sports and Fitness » Bicycling » General
Sports and Outdoors » Sports and Fitness » Sports General

City Cycling Used Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$5.95 In Stock
Product details 299 pages Snowbooks - English 9781905005604 Reviews:
  • back to top
Follow us on...

Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at