The Complete Idiot's Guide to Cycling

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Penguin, 1999 - Sports & Recreation - 409 pages
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You're no idiot, of course. You learned how to ride a bike when you were a kid, have watched the Tour de France, and even know to shift in to a lower gear when the terrain gets steep. But when it comes to enjoying all the advantages of real, grown-up cycling, you feel about as behind-the-times as your old Schwinn with the banana seat. Don't let the air out of your tires just yet! The complete Idiot's Guide to Cycling is the perfect companion to get you back in ths saddle again whether you want pointers on getting the most aerobic benefit from a spin around the neighborhood or are training for something more ambitious, like a fund-raising bike-a-thon or all-out race. In this Complete Idiot's Guide, you'll get:

  

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Contents

Bicycle Fundamentals
1
Revisiting a Childhood Friend
3
Greasy Kid Stuff?
4
Take One TwoHour Ride and Call Me in the Morning
5
The Quest for the Magic Ride
6
Whats a Wafo?
7
If You Build It They Will Ride The Beginning of the Bicycle
11
Cycles of Cycles
12
Get Out of Those Bike Shorts
185
Spinning Wheels Indoor Workouts
187
Spinning at Home
189
The Doctor Is In
191
Dripping Sweat on Arnies Patio
192
Using Your Stationary Trainer to Warm Up
193
The Care and Feeding of a Bicycle
197
Tool Time
199

Low Rider
13
Take to the Hills Mountain Bike History
14
A Sport Is Born
15
The Gear
16
Downhillings Evolution
17
Legendary Racers and Races
21
Le Tour de France
22
The Tour Gets a TuneUp
23
And Now Back to Our Regularly Scheduled Program
24
The Legends
25
Eddy Merckx
27
Greg LeMond
28
Miguel Indurain
32
Pavement or Dirt?
35
Where Will You Ride?
36
Suburbs
37
Country
38
Road Bikes
39
Triathlon Bikes
40
Cyclocross Bikes
41
Mountain Bikes
42
Riding a Mountain Bike on the Road
45
Riding a Road Bike in the Dirt
46
A Shiny New Bike
49
Knowing the Thingie from the Doodad A PartbyPart Description of Bicycle Components
51
Brakes
52
Derailleurs
53
Gear Shifters
55
Shimanos Road Bike Pecking Order
56
Mountain Bike Parts Parade
58
Cranksets
60
Deraileurs
61
Forks
62
Pedals
63
Gear Shifters
65
Shimanos Mountain Bike Pecking Order
66
A Material World
68
Titanium
69
Aluminum
70
A Word About Wheels
71
At the Bike Shop
75
PennyWise BikeFoolish
76
The Helpful Folks Behind the Counter
77
What About Used Bikes?
78
What About Mail Order?
80
Ten Things the Bike Shop May Not Have Told You
81
The Right Bike for the Job
85
Picking a Road Bike
86
Choosing a Mountain Bike
87
DualSuspension Mountain Bikes
89
Selecting a Hybrid
90
Womens Bikes
91
Choosing the Right Size Bike
93
The Fit Kit System
94
Another Use for This Book
95
Saddle Height
96
You Wont Lose That Loving Feeling
98
Accessorizing
101
The Price of Security
102
You Wear It Well
103
Cycling Shorts Are Your Friend
104
HandtoHand Combat
106
Fancy Footwear
107
Soles for Sale
108
Eyewear
109
ColdWeather Wear
110
Cycling Essentials
112
Survival Kit
113
Lock Em Up
115
Womens Department
117
Bringing the Kids
118
Rack Em Up
121
Pedal Time
123
Training Wheels
125
The Shifting of the Gears
126
Back on the Chain Gang
128
Road Bike Cornering
130
Road Bike Braking
132
OffRoad Basics
133
Taking the Express Elevator Down
135
Get Those Buns Back
136
Level Thinking
137
Its No Day at the Beach
138
Cornering
139
Mountain Biking in Rain Mud and Muck
142
Climbing
143
Dirty Tricks
144
Rules of the Road
147
Dont Get Injured at the Intersection
148
Reading the Road
149
Reading the Drivers
150
Motorists Pulling Out of Parking Lots
151
Parked Cars
152
Hostile Motorists
153
Dont Be Dead Right
154
Rules of the Trail
157
Cant We All Just Get Along?
159
Lions and Tigers and Bears Oh My
163
Here Kitty Kitty Kitty
164
One Is the Loneliest Number
165
Your Bikes Engine
167
Hydration Systems
169
What Sports Drinks Can Do for You
170
Eenie Meente Minie Moe
171
Riding Behind Bars
172
Matters of the Heart
173
Heart Monitors
174
Monitor Madness
175
Keeping It Smooth
176
The Quest for the Perfect Spin
177
ToeClips and Clipless
178
Cyclometers as Learning Tools and Training Aids
179
No Achy Shaky Parts
180
After the Fall
181
Taking Inventory
182
Broken Collarbone
183
Answering Natures Call
184
Flat Fixing and Tire Care Essentials
200
Tools for the Mildly Ambitious
203
Lubricants
208
GarageMajal
211
Workstands
216
The Tool Panel
218
Getting Organized
219
The Extraneous Stuff
220
The Necessities of Life
222
A Masters in Bike Mechanics
224
No Air in There
227
Flat Repair Kit
228
StepbyStep Flat Repair
229
Remove the Wheel
231
Open the Tire and Remove the Tube
232
Install the New Tube and Close the Tire
233
Inflate the Tire
234
Finish Your Ride
235
Flat Prevention
236
The Chain Gang
239
Removing Chain Grit and Grime
240
Chain Lubrication
241
When to Replace a Chain
242
Removing a Chain
243
Determining Chain Length
245
Installing a Chain
248
Finding and Fixing a Stiff Link
251
Removing and Replacing Shimano Chains
252
Chain Repair
253
Removing a Cogset
254
Installing a Cogset
256
Removing Chainrings
258
Removing an Inner Chainring
259
Installing Chainrings
261
Mechanical Basics
265
Ready for Inspection
266
Paint TouchUp
267
Waxing
268
Hey You Got a Screw Loose?
269
Fixing Creaky Cranks
270
Cable Lubrication
271
Shifter Adjustment
272
Cleaning and Lubing Clipless Pedals
273
Beyond the Basics Learning to Fix Some Bigger Problems
275
Servicing and Lubricating a Threadless Headset
277
Servicing and Lubricating a Threaded Headset
280
When to Replace a Headset
284
Stop That Creaking
286
Hub Maintenance and Adjustment
287
Scrubbing the Hub
289
Picking Up the Pieces
290
Wheel Truing
292
Play Well with Others
297
Go for a Ride?
299
The Club Ride
300
Riding After Dark
302
Organizing a Ride
304
Who Needs an Amusement Park? The Fun Rides
305
The FundRaising Rides
307
Tandemonium
311
Pilot and CoPilot
312
Two for the Road
313
Two for the Trail
314
Tandem Shopping
316
Wanna Race?
319
Your First Road Race
320
Time Trial Road Race Criterium or Track?
321
Before Race Day
323
Your First Mountain Bike Race
324
RaceDay Countdown
327
The Big Day
328
Racers to the Line
329
Improving Your Racing Results
330
Piles of Miles
331
Become a Speed Demon
334
Speed Courtesy of Honda
335
The Sprint of a Cheetah
336
Group Speed Work on the Road
337
Beyond a ThreeHour Tour
339
Plan Your Play Play Your Plan
340
Where in the World Should I Go?
341
Gear Up
342
A Little Dabll Do Ya
345
You Wear It Well
346
What to Bring for Your Bike
348
Meals on Wheels
350
Drink Up
351
A Hudsons Bay Start
352
Fly the Friendly Skies
353
Packing It In
354
Underground Tips
356
Nice Outfit
357
Bolivia
358
England the Cotswolds and South Downs
359
Hawaii Molokai
360
Veneto and Trentino
361
Maine
362
Mexico Copper Canyon
363
New Mexico SingleTrack
364
Puget Sound
365
Vermont Fall Colors
366
The Cycling Life
369
Charting the Course
370
League of American Bicyclists
371
A League of Their Own
372
IMBA
373
Almost Squeaky Clean
374
National Mountain Bike Patrol
375
NORBA
376
RailstoTrails Conservancy
377
USA Cycling
378
USPRO
379
Resources
381
Cyclebabble Glossary
389
Index
395
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About the author (1999)

Armijo is an experienced cyclist and cycling journalist. He has cycled all over the U.S., France, and Spain.

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