The Young Cyclist's Companion (Hardcover)

The Young Cyclist's Companion By Peter Drinkell, Thomas Slater (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Peter Drinkell, Thomas Slater (Illustrator)
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A brisk guide for the aspirant bike rider all the way from choosing a first bike to techniques for wheelies and bunny hops and the finer points of riding in a group. This multi-layering of information makes this an inspirational read on many levels.

Praise for Young Cyclist's Companion

''A clear, fun, accessible, accurate, and encouraging guide for kids who love to bike''. -- Kirkus Starred Review

''Quotes from famous cyclists, a time line of bicycle history, and quick cycling facts complement the attractive design. A helpful guide''.
-- Booklist

''This would make a great gift for fans of cycling, so the readers could reference it again and again''. -- Youth Services Book Review

''The Young Cyclist's Companion is a "must-have" for any young adult who owns or is learning to ride a bicycle''. -- Midwest Book Review

''Much like Chris Hoy's guide, The Young Cyclist's Companion is a fun and accessible guide sure to entertain and inform, well-supported by illustrations and photographs''.
-- We Love Cycling

''Striking graphics round out this thorough look at cycling. If you want to make sure you have a thorough guide to cycling for your collection this would be an excellent choice''.
-- Puget Sound Council for the Review of Children's and Young Adult Literature

''As a beginner cyclist, this book is a must-have book I highly recommend it to other cyclists '' Liam - Age 9 -- Kids Book Buzz

''Packed with a surprisingly large amount of useful and entertaining information. Best of all it makes you want to get out and ride''. -- Bikemonger

''This would make an ideal starting point for Bike ability in schools and a fantastic gift for young cyclists''. -- My Shelves Are Full

Who doesn't remember what it feels like to be a young person on a bike. Cycling offers kids an unrivalled freedom and independence. With global cycling trends on a new, post-pandemic high, ever more young people are experiencing the joys of the beautiful machine.

This book is aimed at young people who are already proficient cyclists and are keen to learn more. It explains all the basics: How to choose a bike (types of bike, getting the right fit), basic maintenance (changing a tire, cleaning your bike), cycling techniques (pedalling, gearing, cornering, bunny hops) and next level cycling (competitions and training).

Alongside these informative texts there is a cornucopia of facts and trivia about the unusual habits of famous cyclists, the weirdest, biggest, furthest and longest bikes and journeys, the most useful cycling life-hacks, etc.

About the Author

Peter Drinkell is a photographer, writer and cycling obsessive. He is the author of The Bike Owner's Handbook (Cicada, 2013), The Road Cyclist's Companion (Cicada, 2015), and the photographer of Great Cycling Climbs (Thames and Hudson, 2019).Thomas Slater is a London-based illustrator and equally obsessive cyclist. HIs work has been featured in The New York Times, Vice Magazine, Bloomberg Review and on products by Camden Brewery and Urban Outfitters. This is his first book.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781908714961
ISBN-10: 1908714964
Publisher: Cicada Books
Publication Date: September 7th, 2021
Pages: 72
Language: English