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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2013 1:24 pm 
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I'm half way through, and liking 'My Time' and there are some useful nuggets of info in there from Wiggo. Helps me when I'm in the garage on the turbo to think of him in his shed with the heaters on!!

I read Lance Armstrong's book 'Its not about the bike' about 5 years ago, and at the time thought it was really good (mostly from a 'beating cancer' perspective). Have felt pretty duped since he was properly outed, mind you!

I have Boy Racer and Wiggo's first book to read when I get the chance.

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The Passion of Fausto Coppi by William Fotheringham is an excellent book as it's not just about the bike. Also liked Richard Moore's book on Lemond and Hinault. Millar's a drama queen, so I don't rate his book. Kimmage's book is full of self pity.

I've read many cycling books, but my favourite is Hamilton's. It totally lifted the lid and told us what the non gullible expected.


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I'm reading René Herse: The Bikes • The Builder • The Riders, by Jan Heine. I got it as a gift and admit I was skeptical: how many photos of old Herse bikes before it gets silly? But it's not primarily a photo book. The history of the competitive nature of randonneuring and the innovation of René Herse is captivating. The book is extremely well written and is of excellent quality. It's definitely not weight weenie: 1.8 kg.

I tended to think of old randonneuring bikes as being tanks designed for comfort but exceptionally slow. But this book, and other work by Jan Heine (Bicycle Quarterly), has proven this bias wrong.

Alternately, I'm reading Racing Weight by Matt Fitzgerald. So far I'm not impressed (see link for comments), but I haven't gotten to what I suppose is the good part.

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