One More Kilometre And We Re In The Showers

Author: Tim Hilton
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
ISBN: 0007391757
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One More Kilometre And We Re In The Showers. An entertaining social and cultural history of cycling in post-war Europe seen through the eyes of a veteran racing cyclist.

Re Cyclists

Author: Michael Hutchinson
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1472925610
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Re Cyclists. Somewhere in a German forest 200 years ago, during the darkest, wettest summer for centuries, the story of cycling began. The calls to ban it were more or less immediate. Re:Cyclists is the tale of the following two centuries. It tells how cycling became a kinky vaudeville act for Parisians, how it was the basis of an American business empire to rival Henry Ford's, and how it found a unique home in the British Isles. The Victorian love of cycling started with penny-farthing riders, who explored lonely roads that had been left abandoned by the coming of the railways. Then high-society took to it - in the 1980s the glittering parties of the London Season featured bicycles dancing in the ballroom, and every member of the House of Lords rode a bike. Twentieth-century cycling was very different, and even more popular. It became the sport and the pastime of millions of ordinary people who wanted to escape the city smog, or to experience the excitement of a weekend's racing. Cycling offered adventure and independence in the good times, and consolation during the war years and the Great Depression. Re:Cyclists tells the story of cycling's glories and also of its despairs, of how it only just avoided extinction in the motoring boom of the 1960s. And finally, at the dawn of the 21st century, it celebrates how cycling rose again - a little different, a lot more fashionable, but still about the same simple pleasures that it always has been: the wind in your face and the thrill of two-wheeled freedom.

Two Wheels

Author: Matt Seaton
Publisher: Guardian Books
ISBN: 0852653700
Size: 65.96 MB
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Two Wheels. Cycling is going through a revolution. Over half a million of us take to our bicycles every day and, as a result, the public image of cycling has been transformed. No longer the preserve of the marginal and eccentric few, it's now considered cool to travel on two wheels. Guardian journalist Matt Seaton is one of cycling's greatest advocates. An out-and-out bike nut, he rides to work during the week, races at the weekend and has even been known to attend transport policy conferences in between. In this collection, Seaton not only explores a nation's rediscovered love of cycling, he also investigates the issues that affect all cyclists, from potholes and town planning to cycling etiquette and aesthetics. Whether you're a commuter or a competitive racer, a recreational rider or a cycle tourist, this book will prove irresistible - and enlightening - reading.

Vom Gl Ck Auf Zwei R Dern

Author: Robert Penn
Publisher: Haffmans & Tolkemitt
ISBN: 3942989336
Size: 65.80 MB
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Vom Gl Ck Auf Zwei R Dern. Das Fahrrad ist eine der größten Erfindungen der Menschheit - und das meistbenutzte Verkehrsmittel weltweit. Auch der Journalist Robert Penn fährt fast jeden Tag Rad, zur Arbeit, zu Freunden, zum Einkaufen oder um der Welt zu entkommen. Mit Ende 20 fuhr er auf dem Rad um die ganze Welt, 40.000 Kilometer. Allerdings kann das Fahrrad von der Stange, das er besitzt, diesem Enthusiasmus nicht annähernd gerecht werden. Robert braucht ein neues Rad, ein maßgeschneidertes Wunder der Handwerkskunst, das das Gefühl widerspiegelt, das er empfindet, wenn er fährt: dem Himmel ein Stückchen näher. Vom Glück auf zwei Rädern ist die Geschichte seiner Reise zum Traumfahrrad. Sie führt von Stoke-on-Trent, wo Robert sich einen genau auf ihn angepassten Stahlrahmen bauen lässt, bis nach Kalifornien, wo er die perfekten Räder findet; über Portland (Lenkkopf), Vicenza (Getriebe), Mailand (Lenker) und Korbach, wo die besten Reifen gemacht werden, bis zurück nach Smethwick, für den idealen Sattel. Es ist eine Liebeserklärung an das Fahrrad, eine Geschichte von perfekten Teilen, von der Historie des Fahrrads, vom Ausbruch des Vulkans Tambora im Jahr 1815 und seinen Folgen, vom Fahrrad als Demokratisierungsmaschine und von seinem Beitrag für die Befreiung der Frau, von den Irrtümern und Wundern im Rahmen seiner Weiterentwicklung und von den Qualen der Tour de France. Es ist die Geschichte davon, warum wir Rad fahren und warum diese einfache Maschine auch heute noch ein so zentraler Teil unseres Lebens ist.

Higher Calling

Author: Max Leonard
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1473524156
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Higher Calling. Why do road cyclists go to the mountains? After all, cycling up a mountain is hard – so hard that, to many non-cyclists, it can seem absurd. But, for some, climbing a mountain gracefully (and beating your competitors up the slope) represents the pinnacle of cycling achievement. The mountains are where legends are forged and cycling’s greats make their names. Many books tell you where the mountains are, or how long and how high. None of them ask ‘Why?’ Why are Europe’s mountain ranges professional cycling’s Wembley Stadium or its Colosseum? Why do amateurs also make a pilgrimage to these high, remote roads and what do we see and feel when we do? Why are the roads there in the first place? Higher Calling explores the central place of mountains in the folklore of road cycling. Blending adventure and travel writing with the rich narrative of pro racing, Max Leonard takes the reader from the battles that created the Alpine roads to the shepherds tending their flocks on the peaks, and to a Grand Tour climax on the ‘highest road in Europe’. And he tells stories of courage and sacrifice, war and love, obsession and elephants along the way.

The Ronde

Author: Edward Pickering
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1471169286
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The Ronde. 'It wasn't a race but a war game' Bernard Hinault 'Without question, the hardest one-day bike race ever created' George Hincapie ?The Tour of Flanders – known to cycling fans as the Ronde – is the biggest one-day bike race in the world. It is a potent mix of grit, cobbles, steep climbs, narrow roads, national pride, beer, brutal weather and the maddest, most passionate fans in the sport. It’s the Tour de France boiled down into a single day of non-stop action – the Belgian equivalent of the Grand National, Wimbledon and the FA Cup final. And there’s yet more to it than that. Edward Pickering tells the story of the Tour of Flanders, its history, culture and meaning, through the prism of the 2011 Ronde, an incredible edition that was one of the most exciting bike races of the past half-century. He weaves the narrative of that day into a broader study of the race, with eyewitness accounts from the key locations of the Ronde and dozens of interviews with the riders. The Ronde is a textured portrait of a race, but it also explores the deep links between bike races and the landscape and culture in which they take place, and explains how cycling works, with the most detailed analysis of a single event ever seen.

Proceedings Of The British Academy Volume 130 Biographical Memoirs Of Fellows Iv

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780197263501
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Proceedings Of The British Academy Volume 130 Biographical Memoirs Of Fellows Iv. Eleven obituaries of recently deceased Fellows of the British Academy: Isaiah Berlin; Christopher Hill; Rodney Hilton; Keith Hopkins; Peter Laslett; Geoffrey Marshall; John Roskell; Isaac Schapera; Ben Segal; John Cyril Smith and Richard Wollheim.

Meteor Showers And Their Parent Comets

Author: Peter Jenniskens
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1316347826
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Meteor Showers And Their Parent Comets. Meteor Showers and their Parent Comets is a unique handbook for astronomers interested in observing meteor storms and outbursts. Spectacular displays of 'shooting stars' are created when the Earth's orbit crosses a meteoroid stream, as each meteoroid causes a bright light when it enters our atmosphere at high speed. Jenniskens, an active meteor storm chaser, explains how meteoroid streams originate from the decay of meteoroids, comets and asteroids, and how they cause meteor showers on Earth. He includes the findings of recent space missions to comets and asteroids, the risk of meteor impacts on Earth, and how meteor showers may have seeded the Earth with ingredients that made life possible. All known meteor showers are identified, accompanied by fascinating details on the most important showers and their parent comets. The book predicts when exceptional meteor showers will occur over the next fifty years, making it a valuable resource for both amateur and professional astronomers.

It S All About The Bike

Author: Robert Penn
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 1608195767
Size: 63.22 MB
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It S All About The Bike. Robert Penn has saddled up nearly every day of his adult life. In his late twenties, he pedaled 25,000 miles around the world. Today he rides to get to work, sometimes for work, to bathe in air and sunshine, to travel, to go shopping, to stay sane, and to skip bath time with his kids. He's no Sunday pedal pusher. So when the time came for a new bike, he decided to pull out all the stops. He would build his dream bike, the bike he would ride for the rest of his life; a customized machine that reflects the joy of cycling. It's All About the Bike follows Penn's journey, but this book is more than the story of his hunt for two-wheel perfection. En route, Penn brilliantly explores the culture, science, and history of the bicycle. From artisanal frame shops in the United Kingdom to California, where he finds the perfect wheels, via Portland, Milan, and points in between, his trek follows the serpentine path of our love affair with cycling. It explains why we ride. It's All About the Bike is, like Penn's dream bike, a tale greater than the sum of its parts. An enthusiastic and charming tour guide, Penn uses each component of the bike as a starting point for illuminating excursions into the rich history of cycling. Just like a long ride on a lovely day, It's All About the Bike is pure joy- enriching, exhilarating, and unforgettable.