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The long distance cyclists' handbook
Doughty, Simon.
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Publication Information:
Guilford CT. : Lyons Press, [2001]

Physical Description:
viii, 216 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
"Charity rides, touring, randonněs, racing, marathon events"--Cover.
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Central Library GV1044 .D68 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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With the success of charity bike rides such as the AIDS rides and the MS Bike Tour, the popularity of across-state rides such as RAGBRAI, and the proliferation of organized bike tours through Europe, thousands of new cyclists are taking to the roads each year for a new long-distance challenge. Packed with useful information The Long Distance Cyclists' Handbook details all of the preparation and equipment needed to successfully complete a 30-mile charity ride or the 3,000-mile Race Across America. Written for the novice and veteran cyclist alike, it covers all aspects on long-distance cycling including:

¿ Choosing a bike for your event
¿ Bike accessories, clothing, and gear
¿ Bike maintenance and troubleshooting
¿ What and how to pack for every possible situation
¿ Logistics and navigation
¿ Safety on and off the road
¿ And more

It also offers the most up-to-date information on nutrition, training techniques for various distances, and the latest in sports science research, as well as an index of useful contacts for gear manufacturers, clubs, and associations. The Long Distance Cyclists' Handbook is essential reading for anyone contemplating a cycling vacation or any adventure that takes one out of the comfort zone and onto the open road.

Author Notes

Simon Doughty is a professional cycling coach of national and world record holders in road, track, mountain-biking, and cyclo-cross events. He has toured extensively and competed in most cycling disciplines. He has twice ridden the prestigious Paris-Brest-Paris randonnée, and crewed in the Race Across America. He lives in England.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. v
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Forewordp. viii
Get ready
1 Which Bike?
Frame designsp. 4
Frame materialsp. 6
Types of bicyclep. 8
2 Bike Set-up
Frame sizesp. 15
Saddle heightp. 17
Saddle positionp. 19
Handlebar positionp. 20
Foot positionp. 22
Measurementsp. 23
3 Anatomy of a bike
Wheels and tyresp. 24
Handlebarsp. 31
Handlebar stems and headsetsp. 33
Saddles and seatpostsp. 34
Pedal systemsp. 36
Gearingp. 37
Brakesp. 44
4 Bike accessories
Bottles, cages and hydration packsp. 46
Cycle computersp. 47
Lightingp. 47
Luggagep. 50
Mudguardsp. 53
Pannier carriersp. 53
Pumpsp. 54
Trailersp. 55
5 Cycling clothing
Eyewearp. 56
Footwearp. 57
Glovesp. 58
Hats and helmetsp. 58
Jackets, jerseys and topsp. 59
Tightsp. 60
Rainwearp. 61
Shortsp. 61
Skinsuitsp. 62
Socksp. 62
Undervestsp. 63
Get set
6 Nutrition and hydration
Nutritionp. 67
Hydrationp. 74
Ergogenic aidsp. 78
Nutritional supplementsp. 78
Drugsp. 79
Caffeine and other stimulantsp. 79
7 Look after yourself--health and hygiene
Saddle soresp. 82
Neck and backp. 83
Hands and wristsp. 83
Headp. 83
Earsp. 84
Eyesp. 84
Feetp. 84
Kneesp. 85
Sun carep. 86
Bites, stings and infectious diseasesp. 86
Injections, Foreign Office advice and travel centresp. 88
First aid kitp. 88
RICEp. 89
Stomach problemsp. 89
Altitudep. 91
8 Safe cycling
On the roadp. 92
Weather conditionsp. 94
Animalsp. 98
Telephonesp. 99
Personal safetyp. 99
Travelling abroadp. 100
Locksp. 101
Insurancep. 103
Safety at nightp. 104
Sleepp. 105
9 What to take
Audaxp. 108
Touringp. 109
Racingp. 111
Cycle-campingp. 111
10 Maintenance and problem-solving
Maintenance and repairsp. 112
Problem-solvingp. 115
11 Logistics and navigation
Getting to the startp. 118
Navigationp. 122
12 Training principles
Training and preparationp. 129
General principles of trainingp. 130
Measuring training intensityp. 136
Diary recordsp. 141
Goal-settingp. 144
13 Training session basics
Warming upp. 147
Cooling downp. 147
Stretchingp. 148
Massagep. 155
Winter trainingp. 155
Turbo-training and spinning classesp. 156
Developing your strengthp. 158
Riding techniquesp. 158
14 Training for specific events
50-100 milesp. 164
200 km randonneep. 165
300 km randonneep. 167
400 km randonneep. 167
600 km randonneep. 168
Time-trials--'the race of truth'p. 169
100-mile time-trialp. 169
12-hour time-trialp. 171
24-hour time-trialp. 172
15 Staying the distance
Some general guidelinesp. 173
Psychology of stage racesp. 177
Tips to get you throughp. 180
16 Tours and events
Touringp. 181
Randonnees: 100-1200 kmp. 182
Paris-Brest-Parisp. 187
RAAMp. 190
Wilderness cyclingp. 198
Selected glossaryp. 201
Useful addresses
Manufacturersp. 204
Clubs and associationsp. 207
Further readingp. 209
Conversion tablesp. 210
Gear tablesp. 211
Indexp. 215

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