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The complete idiot's guide to cycling
Armijo, Vic.
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New York, NY : Alpha Books, [1999]

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xx, 409 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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This guide provides useful information on: deciding what kind of bike is right for you; the differences between road, touring, racing and cross bikes; bike safety; exercise tips and calorie-burning workouts; long-distance and wet weather riding; training tips; and more.

Author Notes

Evic Armijo is an experienced cyclist and cycling journalist. He has cycled all over the U.S., France, and Spain, and he has ridden competitively in the disciplines of road racing, BMX, and three mountain-biking categories: downhill, cross-country, and dual-slalom. He is the former associate editor of a popular mountain bike magazine, and his free-lance pieces have appeared in virtually every other cycling publication. Throughout his life, he has owned 30 bicycles, 12 of which still hang in his garage.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Bicycle Fundamentalsp. 1
1 Revisiting a Childhood Friendp. 3
Greasy Kid Stuff?p. 4
Beat the Clockp. 4
Take One Two-Hour Ride and Call Me in the Morningp. 5
The Quest for the Magic Ridep. 6
What's a Wafo?p. 7
2 If You Build It, They Will Ride: The Beginning of the Bicyclep. 11
Back to the Futurep. 11
Cycles of Cyclesp. 12
Take to the Hills! Mountain Bike Historyp. 14
Fat Tires and Flower Childrenp. 14
A Sport Is Bornp. 15
Downhilling's Evolutionp. 17
3 Legendary Racers and Racesp. 21
Spinning Wheelsp. 21
Le Tour de Francep. 22
The Legendsp. 25
4 Pavement or Dirt?p. 35
Where Will You Ride?p. 36
(Almost) All There Is on Two Wheelsp. 38
Riding a Mountain Bike on the Roadp. 45
Riding a Road Bike in the Dirtp. 46
The Truth About Hybridsp. 46
Part 2 A Shiny New Bikep. 49
5 Knowing the Thingie from the Doodad: A Part-by-Part Description of Bicycle Componentsp. 51
Road Bike Parts Paradep. 51
Shimano's Road Bike Pecking Orderp. 56
Campagnolo's Rise Through the Ranksp. 56
Mountain Bike Parts Paradep. 58
Shimano's Mountain Bike Pecking Orderp. 66
A Material Worldp. 68
Other Steel Alloysp. 68
A Word About Wheelsp. 71
6 At the Bike Shopp. 75
Penny-Wise, Bike-Foolishp. 76
The Helpful Folks Behind the Counterp. 77
Saving and Spending Tipsp. 77
What About Used Bikes?p. 78
What About Mail Order?p. 80
Ten Things the Bike Shop May Not Have Told Youp. 81
7 The Right Bike for the Jobp. 85
Picking a Road Bikep. 86
Choosing a Mountain Bikep. 87
Downhill Bikesp. 89
Selecting a Hybridp. 90
Women's Bikesp. 91
Choosing the Right Size Bikep. 93
Saddle Heightp. 96
Male Rider Myth: You Won't Lose That Loving Feelingp. 98
8 Accessorizingp. 101
Helmets: Keeping Your Brain Intactp. 101
Cycling Shorts Are Your Friendp. 104
Hand-to-Hand Combatp. 106
Fancy Footwearp. 107
Eyewearp. 109
Jerseys and Other Assorted Fineryp. 109
Cycling Essentialsp. 112
Survival Kitp. 113
Lock 'Em Upp. 115
Women's Departmentp. 117
Bringing the Kidsp. 118
Rack 'Em Upp. 121
Part 3 Pedal Timep. 123
9 Training Wheelsp. 125
Why So Many Gears?p. 125
Road Bike Corneringp. 130
Road Bike Brakingp. 132
Off-Road Basicsp. 133
Steep Drop-Ins: Taking the Express Elevator Downp. 135
Sand: It's No Day at the Beachp. 138
Snow Riding 101p. 139
Mountain Biking in Rain, Mud, and Muckp. 142
Climbingp. 143
10 Rules of the Roadp. 147
Right as Rainp. 147
Don't Get Injured at the Intersectionp. 148
Reading the Roadp. 149
Reading the Driversp. 150
Don't Be Dead Rightp. 154
More Survival Tipsp. 154
11 Rules of the Trailp. 157
Can't We All Just Get Along?p. 159
Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!p. 163
One Is the Loneliest Numberp. 165
12 Your Bike's Enginep. 167
Hydration: It Beats the Alternativep. 167
Hydration Systemsp. 169
Liquid Lunch: What Sports Drinks Can Do for Youp. 170
Riding Behind Barsp. 172
Matters of the Heartp. 173
Pedaling in Circlesp. 175
Toe-Clips and Cliplessp. 178
Cyclometers as Learning Tools and Training Aidsp. 179
No Achy Shaky Partsp. 180
After the Fallp. 181
A Half-Dozen Cycling Hygiene Tipsp. 183
13 Spinning Wheels: Indoor Workoutsp. 187
Circle of Friends: Spinning Classesp. 187
Spinning at Homep. 189
The Doctor Is Inp. 191
Dripping Sweat on Arnie's Patiop. 192
Using Your Stationary Trainer to Warm Upp. 193
Part 4 The Care and Feeding of a Bicyclep. 197
14 Tool Timep. 199
The Right Stuffp. 199
Flat Fixing and Tire Care Essentialsp. 200
Wrenches in the Worksp. 200
Tools for the Mildly Ambitiousp. 203
Lubricantsp. 208
15 Garage-Majalp. 211
Tools for the Truly Ambitiousp. 211
Workstandsp. 216
The Tool Panelp. 218
The Extraneous Stuffp. 220
The Necessities of Lifep. 222
A Master's in Bike Mechanicsp. 224
16 No Air in Therep. 227
On the Road to Nowhere, but Not for Longp. 227
Flat Repair Kitp. 228
Step-by-Step Flat Repairp. 229
The Hole in the Wallp. 235
Flat Preventionp. 236
17 The Chain Gangp. 239
Chain Reactionp. 239
Rub-a-Dub-Dub: Removing Chain Grit and Grimep. 240
Chain Lubricationp. 241
When to Replace a Chainp. 242
Removing a Chainp. 243
Determining Chain Lengthp. 245
Installing a Chainp. 248
Finding and Fixing a Stiff Linkp. 251
Removing and Replacing Shimano Chainsp. 252
The Missing Link: Chain Repairp. 253
Replacing Cogs and Chainringsp. 253
18 Mechanical Basicsp. 265
A Clean and Happy Bikep. 265
Ready for Inspectionp. 266
Paint Touch-Upp. 267
Waxingp. 268
Mountain Bike Handlegrip Replacementp. 268
Road Bike Handlebar Tape Replacementp. 268
Hey, You Got a Screw Loose?p. 269
Fixing Creaky Cranksp. 270
Cable Lubricationp. 271
Gimme a Brakep. 271
Shifter Adjustmentp. 272
Cleaning and Lubing Clipless Pedalsp. 273
19 Beyond the Basics: Learning to Fix Some Bigger Problemsp. 275
Headset Maintenance and Adjustmentp. 275
Servicing and Lubricating a Threadless Headsetp. 277
Servicing and Lubricating a Threaded Headsetp. 280
When to Replace a Headsetp. 284
Becoming a Spin Doctor: Bottom Bracket Maintenance and Replacementp. 284
Stop That Creaking!p. 286
Hub Maintenance and Adjustmentp. 287
Wheel Truingp. 292
Part 5 Play Well with Othersp. 297
20 Go for a Ride?p. 299
Let's Get This Shop on the Road: The Shop Ridep. 299
Members Only: The Club Ridep. 300
One, Two, Three, GO! The Training Ridep. 300
Working on Your Night Moves: Riding After Darkp. 302
Together at Last: Organizing a Ridep. 304
Who Needs an Amusement Park? The Fun Ridesp. 305
Do Good, Feel Good: The Fund-Raising Ridesp. 307
21 Tandemonium!p. 311
Pilot and Co-Pilotp. 312
Two for the Roadp. 313
Two for the Trailp. 314
Tandem Shoppingp. 316
22 Wanna Race?p. 319
Are You Ready?p. 319
Taking It on the Road: Your First Road Racep. 320
Get Down and Dirty: Your First Mountain Bike Racep. 324
Racers to the Linep. 329
Improving Your Racing Resultsp. 330
Climb Like a Goatp. 331
Become a Speed Demonp. 334
23 Beyond a Three-Hour Tourp. 339
Plan Your Play; Play Your Planp. 340
Where in the World Should I Go?p. 341
Where to Get Dirtyp. 341
Gear Upp. 342
A Little Dab'll Do Yap. 345
Clara Barton on Wheelsp. 345
You Wear It Wellp. 346
What to Bring for Your Bikep. 348
Meals on Wheelsp. 350
Credit Where Credit Is Duep. 352
Fly the Friendly Skiesp. 353
Nice Outfitp. 357
24 The Cycling Lifep. 369
Adventure Cycling Associationp. 369
League of American Bicyclistsp. 371
IMBAp. 373
National Mountain Bike Patrolp. 375
NORBAp. 376
Rails-to-Trails Conservancyp. 377
USA Cyclingp. 378
USCFp. 378
USPROp. 379
A Resourcesp. 381
B Cyclebabble Glossaryp. 389
Indexp. 395