Book/dvd/resource for improving skills

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starbuck
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Book/dvd/resource for improving skills

Postby starbuck » Sat Feb 09, 2013 16:05 pm

I am fairly new to road bikes (having ridden a mountain bike for the last 20+ years). I've recently become the proud owner of a defy 1 (thanks cycle to work!). I'm looking for a book/dvd or internet resource to help me with my road skills.

I'm planning on entering a few sportives and want to be able to enjoy them and be confident at speed (which I am on my mtb), so I need something to give me pointers/tips on road bike skills (incl bike setup), training etc.

Any suggestions?

TommyB61
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Re: Book/dvd/resource for improving skills

Postby TommyB61 » Sat Feb 09, 2013 17:32 pm

'The Complete Book of Road Cycling & Racing' - Will Peveler.

Very useful book.

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Re: Book/dvd/resource for improving skills

Postby elderone » Sat Feb 09, 2013 17:35 pm

Its not a book but a wealthe of information and has kept me reading for weeks.This forum.Any thing you can think of as been asked before.
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Re: Book/dvd/resource for improving skills

Postby Gizmodo » Sat Feb 09, 2013 18:03 pm

starbuck wrote:I am fairly new to road bikes (having ridden a mountain bike for the last 20+ years). I've recently become the proud owner of a defy 1 (thanks cycle to work!). I'm looking for a book/dvd or internet resource to help me with my road skills.

I'm planning on entering a few sportives and want to be able to enjoy them and be confident at speed (which I am on my mtb), so I need something to give me pointers/tips on road bike skills (incl bike setup), training etc.

Any suggestions?

1. Join a club and cycle in a group. See the British Cycling web site for clubs in your area

2. Plenty of free videos here http://www.bikeradar.com/videos/road

3. Buy some Rollers or. turbo for when the weather is really bad
http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/article/b ... ers-32041/
http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/article/t ... ers-28631/

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Re: Book/dvd/resource for improving skills

Postby Danlikesbikes » Thu Feb 14, 2013 15:22 pm

Gizmodo wrote:
starbuck wrote:I am fairly new to road bikes (having ridden a mountain bike for the last 20+ years). I've recently become the proud owner of a defy 1 (thanks cycle to work!). I'm looking for a book/dvd or internet resource to help me with my road skills.

I'm planning on entering a few sportives and want to be able to enjoy them and be confident at speed (which I am on my mtb), so I need something to give me pointers/tips on road bike skills (incl bike setup), training etc.

Any suggestions?

1. Join a club and cycle in a group. See the British Cycling web site for clubs in your area

2. Plenty of free videos here http://www.bikeradar.com/videos/road

3. Buy some Rollers or. turbo for when the weather is really bad
http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/article/b ... ers-32041/
http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/article/t ... ers-28631/


^-^ Pretty spot on advice - would defiantly recommend joining a local club and going out with them as you'll learn the basics pretty quickly & they should look after you as a new member/cyclist. Plus you'll probably find that other members will be entering local sportives too.
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Re: Book/dvd/resource for improving skills

Postby Carl_P » Thu Feb 14, 2013 19:46 pm

This was quite good if you want a book, covering various aspects of cycling..... borrowed it from my local library

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cyclosportive-P ... 1408140225
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Re: Book/dvd/resource for improving skills

Postby E17Blade » Fri Feb 15, 2013 08:59 am

I like "Watch Your Line" by Alan Canfield. It isn't rocket science but he comes up with good alternative ways of describing how things should feel when trying out techniques that just made things click in my head.

Not for everyone, but worked for me.


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