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Old 12-16-12, 18:24
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I'm surprised on reading this thread and previous ones referred to on cycling books, that no one has mentioned Graeme Obree's-The Flying Scotsman-gut wrenching stuff at times-an amazing book about how he was driven by fear of failure, the one hour record after failing the previous day,his attempted suicide and his idiosyncrasies-IMHO the best cycling book of all
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Hi all,

I would really appreciate if you could recommend a few cycling books as a present for my dad.

He's not really into the whole pro-cycling scene but prefers stories about 'normal' riders and i know he has read obsessive cycling disorder or something and The escape Artist by matt Seaton.

Really appreciate any suggestions !

Thanks
Bit late for Christmas but your dad might like my book (shameless plug alert!):

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Breakawa.../dp/B00BO9LLG8

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How about going back to the beginning :

Racing Bicycles 100 years of Steel . (hard cover)

makes a nice gift.

or :

Tour de France , one hundred years of the worlds greatest cycle race.
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The Rider by Tim Krabbe is very good
Yes, very, very good. If your dad liked "The Escape Artist" (also a good book), he'll also like "The Rider".
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I'm surprised on reading this thread and previous ones referred to on cycling books, that no one has mentioned Graeme Obree's-The Flying Scotsman-gut wrenching stuff at times-an amazing book about how he was driven by fear of failure, the one hour record after failing the previous day,his attempted suicide and his idiosyncrasies-IMHO the best cycling book of all
"Searching for Robert Millar" is another classic.
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Old 05-01-13, 19:52
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I read "The Wheels of Chance" by H. G. Wells on a recent airline flight. Written in 1896 it is an interesting tale of what happened during a bicycle vacation (and life) at that time. It can be downloaded for free (text or audio) here: http://www.gutenberg.org/
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