Maps & Books

Here’s a good selection of current cycling books;
they should all be in stock and available from
(Unless otherwise noted, descriptions and reviews are from the Amazon web site.)

Bicycling Los Angeles County

by Patrick Brady

Los Angeles County riders now have an expert guide to 40 of the best road rides in their own backyard. Researched and written by world-class road biker and editor Patrick Brady, Bicycling Los Angeles combines first-hand road research with GPS map-making technology. From the descriptive narrative and crucial at-a-glance info to the cutting-edge ride maps and elevation profiles, Brady definitively shows riders how to get there, what to expect, and how to get the most out of each ride.

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  • List Price: $15.95
  • Amazon Price: $ 11.96
  • Paperback, 224 pages
  • Publisher: Menasha Ridge Press; First edition (May 1, 2007)
  • Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 0.7 inches

Bicycling and the Law: Your Rights as a Cyclist

by Bob Mionske

Whether it’s the hazards of commuting in traffic, overenthusiastic dogs, faulty roads, harassment, road rage, or bicycle theft, Bicycling and the Law is a primary resource for cyclists faced with a legal question. It provides information that can help you avoid many legal problems in the first place, and
informs you of your rights, responsibilities, and what steps to take if you do encounter trouble. This useful guide makes “bicycle law” both entertaining and comprehensible.

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  • List Price: $18.95
  • Amazon Price: $12.89
  • Paperback – 384 pages
  • Publisher: VeloPress (June 28, 2007)
  • Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.3 x 1.5 inches

Cycling’s Greatest Misadventures

by Erich Schweikher (Editor) and Paul Diamond (Editor)

One reader said: “This collection of stories is chock full of variety. I laughed out loud at the image of the cyclist screaming along with a giant rat that hitched a ride. I imagined the strangeness of being confronted by a wild bull while delirious and dehydrated in the Great Basin of Canada, and found
cause for reflection of life’s fragility in the heartbreaking story of the ride instructor who lost two companions to inattentive drivers. This book may very well make you laugh, cry, and hurl. Highly recommended . . . ”

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  • List Price: $ 16.95
  • Amazon Price: $ 11.53
  • Paperback – 254 pages
  • Publisher: Casagrande Press; 1st edition (May 15, 2007)
  • Dimensions: 8.7 x 6 x 0.9 inches

Bicycling Magazine’s Century Training Program: 100 Days to 100 Miles (Bicycling Magazine)

by Marla Streb

MARLA STREB has won both the U.S. National Championship and the World Cup in cycling. In 100 Days to 100 Miles, she offers guidelines for customizing a training plan based on fitness level and century pace goal, getting proper bike fit, choosing the right equipment, and training and ride-day strategies for optimal fueling and hydration. (This author also wrote Downhill: The Life Story of a Gravity Goddess.)

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  • List Price: $ 14.95
  • Amazon Price: $ 10.17
  • Paperback – 256 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (March 21, 2006)
  • Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.8 inches

The Tour de France: A Cultural History

by Christopher Thompson

tour de franceThis highly original history of the world’s most famous bicycle race weaves the words of racers, politicians, Tour organizers, and a host of other commentators together with a wide-ranging analysis of the culture surrounding
the event–including posters, songs, novels, films, and media coverage. Its history is linked to key moments in the history of France itself.

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  • List Price: $ 29.95
  • Amazon Price: $ 18.87
  • Hardcover, 398 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; first edition (July 17, 2006)
  • Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches

Tour Fever: The Armchair Cyclist’s Guide to the Tour de France

by J. P. Partland

Even couch potatoes can become experts on the Tour de France with this comprehensive, user-friendly guide that includes the history, strategy, stages, scoring, and stars of this annual sporting event. Readers can get in the saddle and learn team strategies-and the role each team member plays, how the Tour is scored, what the Yellow, Green, White, and Polka-Dot jerseys represent, how riders eat, drink, change clothes, and heed the call of nature without getting off their bikes.

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  • List Price: $12.95
  • Amazon Price: $ 10.62
  • Paperback – 224 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Trade (May 2, 2006)
  • Dimensions: 7.9 x 4.5 x 0.6 inches

Bicycling Magazine’s Guide to Bike Touring: Everything You Need to Know to Travel Anywhere on a Bike (Paperback)

by Doug Donaldson

Bicycling Magazine Guide

Imagine a bike trip through California wine country, a nature tour of Vermont in autumn, mountain biking the north rim of the Grand Canyon, climbing Mont Ventoux during the Tour de France! There’s nothing quite like the exhilaration of a bike tour vacation if it is done right-not to mention the fitness benefits
it provides. Backed by nearly two decades of experience from the most authoritative magazine on cycling, this book shows the way.

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  • List Price: $16.95
  • Amazon Price: $11.02
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (March 10, 2005)

Hammer and Cycle (DVD)

Director: James Cocks

Hammer & CycleIn the summer of 2003, a group of college friends bicycled across the country to raise money and publicity for Habitat for Humanity. “Hammer and Cycle” is a first-hand account of this adventure, weaving together the stories of four riders as they endure myriad difficulties and celebrate
thrilling triumphs.

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  • New & Used from: $13.95
  • One Disk; Run Time: 27 minutes
  • Studio: Custom Flix

(If Amazon doesn’t have it in stock, they’ll have a link to somebody who

Inside the Postal Bus: My Ride with Lance Armstrong and the U.S. Postal Cycling Team

by Michael Barry

Inside the Postal BusDuring the professional cycling season, the members of the U. S. Postal Team live, train, and work together for weeks on end while competing throughout Europe. With wit and insight, Michael Barry, a professional cyclist and member of the team, shares his first-hand knowledge of the sport fellow cyclists: intricate pre-race orchestrations; efforts of the coach, mechanics, team chef; personalities and idiosyncrasies of the teammates, including Lance Armstrong; and the thrilling races themselves.

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  • List Price: $17.99
  • Amazon Price: $11.69 (or used from $8.75)
  • Softcover, 292 pages / 9.0 x 6.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Publisher: VeloPress (April 10, 2005)

Bicycling The Pacific Coast: A Complete Route Guide, Canada To Mexico (Paperback)

by Vicki Spring & Tom Kirkendall

Bicycling the Pacific Coast

All the details that a long distance biker on a budget would need including: road map, elevation map, descriptions of interesting sites, road conditions, traffic conditions, mileage, camping sites with levels of amenities (esp important shower), and where to get food and other supplies/services.

One reader’s opinion: “I’ve used this guide twice to ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles (different editions through the years) and found it to be accurate and helpful…definately written by people who understand cycling. . . I recommend highly.”

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  • List Price: $16.95
  • Amazon Price: $11.53
  • Publisher: Mountaineers Books; 4th edition (March 15, 2005)
  • Paperback, 269 pages; 8.3 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches

Bicycling Science : Third Edition

by David Gordon Wilson

The third edition, published April 2004, is dramatically enlarged and updated — a completely new book based on a tremendous amount of recent work – a 5-year process in which every chapter was rewritten or even replaced outright. A great quantity of new material on history, physiology, speed calculations, aerodynamics, steering theory, human powered vehicles etc. is available nowhere else. A distinctly different book, for the scientifically curious cyclist, and for bicycle industry engineers.

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  • List Price: $22.95
  • Amazon Price: $15.61
  • Paperback – 480 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press
  • 3rd edition (April 1, 2004)

Tour de France Companion: Victory Edition

by Dan Koeppel (Foreword), Bob Roll

Tour de FranceWith the popularity of Armstrong and the Tour outstripping our knowledge of bicycle racing, here is The Tour de France Companion, a fully illustrated primer that explains the strategies, ground rules, history, personalities, techniques, and technology behind one of the world’s most spectacular and brutal sporting events.

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  • List Price: $10.95
  • Amazon Price: $8.21
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; Victory edition (May 1, 2004)
  • ISBN: 0761135200

Bicycle: The History

by David Herlihy

It’s hard to believe the bicycle was invented only a little more than a hundred years ago. In this fascinating history, David Herlihy recounts the saga of this far-reaching invention and the passions it aroused. It’s the first
comprehensive history of the bicycle — lavishly illustrated – a great gift.

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  • List Price: $35.00
  • Amazon Price: $23.10
  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (November 1, 2004)
  • ISBN: 0300104189

The Complete Book of Long Distance Cycling

by Edmund R. Burke and Ed Pavelka

long distance cycling

To help you achieve your riding goals, The Complete Book of Long-Distance Cycling gives you complete, step-by-step training programs for riding a half-century, century, double century, and beyond. You’ll also find strategies and techniques for special situations, such as riding in bed weather and riding at night. Published by the world’s leading authority on bicycling, this informative guide is a must-have for all cycling enthusiasts.

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  • List Price: $19.95
  • Amazon Price: $13.57
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (October 6, 2000)

Serious Cycling

by Ed Burke

Serious Cycling

Burke, a well known name among cyclists, gives very detailed advice about how to train, how to create a training schedule for various goals, how and why to make a training diary, etc. Readers should be aware that his advice is aimed at the very serious cyclist, and his training schedules range from those for serious collegiate cyclists (~15hrs/week) to professionals (~25+ hrs/week). His advice is sound, but – as the title suggests – not angled for the casual weekend rider.

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  • List Price: $19.95
  • Amazon Price: $13.57
  • Paperback: 289 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers; 2nd edition (February 1, 2002)

The Ultimate Ride

Chris Carmichael and Jim Rutberg

The Ultimate Ride

Now any fan, reader, casual or dedicated cyclist can learn all the invaluable training tips, state-of-the-art techniques, indispensable nutritional advice, and revelatory goal-setting and mental exercises that Lance Armstrong and his
personal coach have perfected during their four victories in the Tour de France. With photographs and illustrations throughout, Carmichael explains a step-by-step program to get you fit, fast, and on the road to becoming a champion in your own right.

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  • List Price: $24.95
  • Amazon Price: $16.47
  • Hardcover: 325 pages
  • Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap (June 1, 2003)

Every Second Counts

by Lance Armstrong

Every Second Counts

The four-time Tour de France winner returns with an inspirational account of his recent personal and professional victories and some failures, as well as an intimate glimpse into how almost dying taught him to really live. His new book addresses the challenge of living in the aftermath of his experience and making the most of every breath of life. Armstrong candidly discusses his prickly relationship with the French and the ultimately disproved accusations of doping within his Tour de France team, and writes about his recent achievements, including celebrating five years of cancer survival and how he restored a magnificent chapel in his beloved Spain.

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  • List Price: $24.95
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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway (October 7, 2003)

Bicycling Magazine’s New Cyclist Handbook : Ride With Confidence and Avoid Common Pitfalls

by Ed Pavelka (Editor)

From the number one bicycling magazine in the country, this updated guide delivers all the information a new cyclist needs to start right and avoid the common mistakes that cause frustration and slow progress. Clear, concise, and friendly, it contains chapters on bike selection, accessories, clothing, riding techniques, training concepts, safety in traffic, diet, medical concerns, and basic bike care.

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  • List Price: $9.95
  • Amazon Price: $8.95
  • Paperback – 128 pages Rev update edition (July 2000)
  • Rodale Pr; ISBN: 1579542514 ; Dim: 0.37 x 8.51 x 5.50 inches

The Noblest Invention : An Illustrated History of the Bicycle

by Lance Armstrong

This nicely balanced coffee-table volume (featuring 250 color and 50 black & white photographs) from the editors of one of the sport’s premier magazines covers more information in its six chapters than any six recent books on the subject. Straightforward and well-researched essays cover every aspect of what
has become a major sports and recreation industry-and a range of clever sidebars illuminate all sorts of bike-related odds and ends, such as how riding a bike helped Albert Einstein develop his theory of relativity.

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  • List Price: $27.95
  • Amazon Price: $18.45
  • Hardcover – 320 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (November 15, 2003)
  • Dimensions: 6.4 x 9.2 x 1.1 inches