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It's All about the Bike

By William Fotheringham

Chicago Review Press, Hardcover, 9781569768174, 432pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2011

If it's on the bike, it's in the book.The world of cycling is one of death-defying feats and obscure mechanicaloddities, heroics and geekiness in equal measure. In "Cyclopedia," renowned two-wheel aficionado and acclaimed sportswriter William Fotheringham delves deep into this world to unearth amazing facts and enthralling anecdotes.This essential book is an A to Z compendium of everything you could ever want to know about the bicycle, from the history of the Tour de France to Chris Hoy's dominance of the Beijing velodrome, from the origins of the quick-release system to the diet that powered Graeme Obree to the world hour record, from Lance Armstrong's fabled career to the slang words used for performance-enhancing substances, from the literature of cycling to the perils of vicious dogs."Cyclopedia" has all the equipment, the races, the chases, the faces, the places, the drugs, the sex, and the scandals to convert any amateur cyclist into a full-fledged bike expert.

About the Author
William Fotheringham

Praise For Cyclopedia

One of the few books that can genuinely be described as indispensible" The Washing Machine Post

"[a] fact-filled feast ... Top stuff"  Sport Magazine

"Fotheringham knows his cycling and loves it."  —Independent

“A humorous yet substantial addition to sports or cycling history collections.” —Library Journal  

"[Fotheringham] has a wry, deft writing style and peppers entries with amusing factoids ... a hard book to put down" —

"A treasure trove of cycling/bicycling racing facts and anecdotes." —