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"Off to the Races" -- Great Bike "Picture" Book!
October 17, 2013 - [$12, postpaid in the US. Bump from 8/07.] Here's a super neat kids bike book---only it's not just for kids. "Off to the Races" is by Fred & M. Phleger, a husband and wife team. Hardcover, 8x10, 63 pages. A bike pal of mine just rediscovered it at his mom's house and suddenly remembered first being sparked up for biking by rea...
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From OYB: "The Recumbent Bicycle" -- the only book on 'bents!
September 30, 2013 - [List $24, postpaid in the US. NOW ONLY $12.95! HUGE DISCOUNT!] Published by OYB, this is the only book about a huge, amazing side of bicycling: the world of recumbents! This deluxe 3rd edition is printed on coated paper and includes a 12-page color section. It's 192 pages, with hundreds of photos. ...
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From OYB: "A Dirt Road Rider's Trek Epic" by Victor Vincente of America
June 29, 2011 - [$10 postpaid] Published by OYB, here's a rare, classic, mt-bike & backroads culture book. $10 ONLINE SPECIAL! 33% OFF list price of $15! PLUS FREE SHIPPING! Click PayPal button to order! What's So Special About This Bike Book? If you're a bike buff, you k...
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The Dancing Chain: the heritage of road bikes
March 02, 2011 - [$40. ONE LEFT! -- 2nd edition, not 3rd] Here's a big hardcover history of the derailleur bicycle. 380 pages. 9x11". My price is $15 off the normal retail of $55. Hmmm, the subject is a bit dry, no? You'd think. But really it covers the whole histories of all the major bikes of the modern age---their starts, their...
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A DIY Bike Book for the Gals: Julie Harrell's "A Woman's Bike Book"
June 09, 2010 - Julie Cruiser just came out with a new bike book for women. But it's good for anyone to read. It's an expanded new edition of her earlier bike book. She's published it herself. It's intended as a personal view of one gal's life in bikes and the way that she's learned to share what she knows with other women. She's worked many years ...  > Read Article | Go to Website

The Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles: classiest bike book!
June 11, 2009 - [List $65. I have a low price of $50! Free postage in the USA. OUT OF STOCK! As of 1/11/11. End of an era. What a fun book to have promoted. I stock the 1st edition, French-printed, true cloth hardcovers and only have a few left. There's a newer paperback Rizzoli edition available elsewhere. I'll see if I can get some copies t...
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Big Sale on Vintage Bike Books!
June 20, 2008 - I just marked most titles about 25% down. These aren't collectible books per se. They're just the best bike books ever. Today as much as ever. ...And, yes, they're also hard to find and prized by those who have them. So they're collectible, too. But the reason I stock them is because of their relevance to cycling. Today. ...  > Read Article

Atomic Zombie's "Bike Builder Bonanza" How-To Book
March 19, 2008 - [$20 postpaid in the US. SOLD! ...But if you want one, let me know and I'll look around.] This here Atomic Zombie dude tells you how to build most any kind of bike in his 388-page book---which it seems is sold out now. So this here is a rare copy. It's a sweet book---even has detailed how to weld instructions. I hope to glea...
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The Man Who Loved Bicycles: culture by bike
February 12, 2007 - [$20.] By Daniel Behrman. This is a rare first edition, but most of my copies are ex-library or rather well-used. Still, it's the only way to get a copy of this hardcover book from 1972, done on nice paper in dark green text ink with some neat etchings throughout. Its subhead is "the memoirs of an autophobe." So it...
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The Bicycle Wheel: best book on wheels
March 18, 2006 - [$26, postpaid US] Jobst Brandt's classic "The Bicycle Wheel" is hard to find. It's hardcover, 7"x9", 143pp, 3rd edition, 2003. It's the only book published by Avocet---the maker of tires, seats and speedometers. I suspect they handle this one title because Jobst invented Avocet's best tire ever, perhaps the most innovative tir...
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Stephen Potter: the hilarious classic "One-upmanship"
March 05, 2006 - [$15] "One-upmanship" is a slim, 175-pg send-up of stuffy British clubbishness and the endless ways that "players" have of foiling and impressing each other. [UPDATE: Out of stock on "Up" but I do have a fine copy of "Gamesmanship," also a great read, with a great section on how to win at not paying for lunch.] Stephen Potter (n...
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Bike Cult: a big, rare bike book!
February 28, 2006 - [$22] Back in the 90's, former national road racer David Perry wrote the biggest, most definitive book on bikes for modern times. He covered the WHOLE gamut. And he put a big emphasis on the social-liberation-eco-creative aspect of cycling. The book sold out. Perry owns a cool specialty bike shop in NYC and has yet to find the t...
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Cute kid's Xmas book...with bike!...and bag!
December 01, 2005 - [BUMP from 12/6/05] "The Jolly Christmas Postman" is a nice Xmas kid's book---it's about a mailman on a bike who's hauling some nifty letters in his nicely rumpled shoulderbag. The story content is all well and good but a bike buff will enjoy the bike vibe! Our little mailman rides through a bunch of lovely winter scenes. H...  > Read Article

"The Data Book"---classic sketches of great bike stuff
November 16, 2005 - [List price $40. OUT OF STOCK. Email if you want a copy. More available soon.] "The Data Book: 100 Years of Bicycle Component and Accessory Design," by Noguchi This book is a celebration of the pinnacle of the art of technical sketching, as represented by Daniel Rebour. It also emphasizes bike features and parts fr...
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"Bicycling": all-time best "allbike" book
November 13, 2005 - [$20] "Bicycling: A Guinness Superlatives Guide" by JB Wadley and J Durry is a hardcover book from the early 80's but it covers the WHOLE world of bicycling like no other. It has the best writing, the best background and tons of classic photos of every main kind of cycling. Except a few. (Ha). ...
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