Following the first two Christmas Gift Guides (under £10 and under £50) we present out next list of gift ideas. And today we’re looking at books, those handy stocking fillers that don’t break the bank but are always well received presents.
These are our ten picks of the latest crop vying for your cash this Christmas.
New to mountain biking but don’t know where to start. This book will guide you through the sport, and covers all the basics from bike setup to equipment, technique, nutrition, competitive strategies and survival techniques, and loads more besides.
Dominic Gill set out from Alaska on a tandem, with no partner, with the aim of pedalling to the southernmost city in South America. Along the way he would invite strangers to share parts of his tour. And, in 26 months, he covered 18,449 miles down the west coast of the Americas, passed through 15 countries, and shared his ride with 270 strangers!
The hottest name in cycling right now, this bike is an exciting insight into the mind of the faster cyclist on the planet, giving you a personal tour inside the world of road cycling.
Come and Gone: A True Story of Blue-collar Bike Racing in America
Once a road cycling professional in Belgium, Joe Parkin tells his story of returning to the US and becoming a professional mountain bike racer. Come and Gone is a rare, frank, and intimate sports memoir. Joe Parkin’s bike racing experiences in Belgium were written up in 2008 and published in the highly acclaimed book “Dog in a Hat”
Knowing where to ride is important if you’re getting into mountain biking, and that’s precisely the aim behind the newly launch Good Mountain Biking Guide. It is a huge book comprising 640 pages of tightly packed information covering every area that has access to great mountain bike trails.
The Mountain Bike Skills Manual: Fitness and Skills for Every Rider
In this informative book Clive Forth shares essential fitness and skills advice pitched at mountain bikers, whether you’re just getting into the sport or have been doing it for years, but want to get better. Illustrated with excellent step-by-step biking trick shots and covering everything from equipment and core skills to competitions and recreational riding, it’s a book no rider will want to be without. More info here.
The author behind the hugely popular BikeSnobNYC website brings his unique fresh and humorous perspective to a book with predictable laugh-out-loud rants and raves about the world of bikes and their riders. It offers a unique look at the ins and outs of cycling, from its history and hallmarks to its wide range of bizarre practitioners.
It’s All About the Bike: The Pursuit of Happiness On Two Wheels
Rob Penn had a dream; to build the perfect dream bike. In this book he sets out to design and build this bike, and in doing so travels the world from Portland to Milan and Coventry to Stoke-on-Trent to assemble his bike. It’s the story of why we ride, and why this simple machine remains central to life today.
V-Publishing’s guide books cover the hottest places to ride in the UK, including the South West. Collated in a logical and well presented fashion, with local knowledge making them an indispensable guide to anywhere you want to explore.
Lastly, it’s not new bike but new cyclists may not have read Lance Armstrong’s memorable and inspiring book about recovering from cancer to win the Tour de France. A must-read regardless of what form of cycle sport you’re into.
All of these books are available from your favourite book retailer.