Good books on cycling
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    Good books on cycling

    I have a lot of spare time on my hands due to health problems (no riding)
    Looking for some good books with a cycling theme. Something with a good story line to it, not just factual. Hope to return to cycling in future.
    Thanks for any suggestions.

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    I enjoyed “Slaying the Badger”, the story of the struggle between teammates Bernard Hinault and Greg Lemond.

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    A few that I'ved liked:
    Hearts of Lions - Peter Nye
    Ten Points - Bill Strickland
    The Price of Gold - Marty Nothstein
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    "The Hour" Michael Hutchinson
    His preparation and attempt on the Hour Record

    "The Rider" Tim Krabbe
    A cyclist and his thoughts during a race

    "Need for the Bike" Paul Fournel
    Short stories about riding. This book is just about a must have

    "Hunger" Sean Kelly
    His autobiography. I'm reading it now and it's a damn good read.

    "French Revolutions" Tim Moore
    Authors ride of the route of the 2000 Tour de France. Very funny

    "Rough Ride" Paul Kimmage
    Just about required reading

    "We were Young and Carefree" Laurent Fignon
    His autobiography

    "Tomorrow, we ride" Jean Bobet
    His life and relationship with his brother Louison Bobet

    "Slaying the Badger" Richard Moore
    Lemond vs Hinault at the 1986 Tour de France

    "Team 7-Eleven" Geof Drake
    The 1st US team to race in Europe

    "Life in the Slipstream" Andrew Homan
    Bobby Walthour's biography. late 1800's-early 1900's American track racer

    "Road to Valor" Aili & Andres McConnon
    Story of Gino Bartali and the Italian Resistance during WW2
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    Oops, that's more "bicycles" than "cycling", but it's a fantastic read.

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    These both have a bit of a "self-help/discovery" theme to them, but rely heavily on the bike to tell their story:
    Heft on Wheels - by Mike Magnuson
    To Shake the Sleeping Self - by Jedidiah Jenkins

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    Lots of good suggestions here. I will add

    "Bicycle: The History" by David Herlihy

    "The Yellow Jersey" by Ralph Hurne. (1973 novel with a Tour de France setting). A fun read.
    "None of us knows for sure what's out there; that's why we keep looking. Keep your faith; travel hopefully. The universe will surprise you, constantly." The 13th Doctor.

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    I will second the thoughts on The Rider, Heft on Wheels, and Ten Points.

    The Rider is my all-time favorite, simply for the firs paragraph:
    "Meyrueis, Lozere, June 26, 1977. Hot and overcast, I take my gear out of the car and put my bike together. Tourists and locals are watching from the sidewalk cafes. Non-racers. The emptiness of those lives shocks me."

    Heft on Wheels is just a good story about a fat guy who rides himself thin, and all that goes with it. I recognize parts of myself in him, just not to that extreme.

    Ten Points is about how messy life can be, with bikes to balance things out. Good writing from Bill Strickland, former editor of Bicycling. Beats anything the magazine ever published.

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    Just started reading Need for the Bike.
    Excellent read, brings back memories of my first bikes 45 years ago.

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    A great read is "Hey Mom, Can I Ride My Bike Across America?".

    Dead Poets Society meets Stand By Me as 5 real 12- and 13-yr.-olds ride their bicycles 5,000 miles across America. They want to see if their country is as wonderful as their teacher says it is. True story from the 80's.

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    “Life may not be about your bike, but it sure can help you get through it.”

    "Yes, you can call me a slightly opinionated retro grouch."

    My only fear in facing death, is that there may not be a bike for me to ride on the other side.

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    It's all about the bike by Robert Penn.
    Road to Valor

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    These are some that I've read & liked. I didn't list any that I disliked.

    The Immortal Class by Travis Hugh Culley
    Draft Animals: Living the Pro Cycling Dream by Gaimon, Phil
    The Secret Race by Tyler Hamilton
    A Dog in a Hat by Joe Parker
    Draft Animals by Phil Gaimon
    The Road to Valor by Aili McConnon
    Miles From Nowhere by Barbara Savage
    Paris-Roubaix: A Journey Through Hell by Philippe Bouvet
    Life is a Wheel: A Passage Across America by Bicycle by Bruce Weber
    Come and Gone by Joe Parkin
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