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Brompton Bicycle Book

The first edition was hugely popular with the legions of Brompton fans. The review below refers to the first edition, the second edition contains an extra 32 pages, with a whole new chapter on where Brompton may be heading in the future plus new coverage of early folding bikes in the U.S., more detail on […]

How to Live Well Without Owning a Car

This book is an accident. Chris Balish, a TV reporter and six times Emmy awardwinning newsreader who lives in St. Louis, Missouri, had a problem. His Toyota SUV was causing him financial headaches, so he reluctantly sold it and lived without a car for a short while. Much to his surprise, he got along nicely, […]

Shinkansen: From Bullet Train to Symbol of Modern Japan

Reliable information on Japanese transport is hard to come by, which makes Dr Christopher Hood’s book on the country’s high speed rail network particularly welcome. This is more a sociological study than a book for transport enthusiasts, but the subject is so fascinating and the wealth of detail so gripping that Shinkansen should appeal to […]

New Consumer Magazine

Unlike certain ‘Green’ publications, New Consumer strikes a nice balance between consumerism and hair-shirt utopianism. It’s printed on a matt-finish recycled paper, which sounds a bit dour, but the content is lively and the cover stories eye-catching and (dare we say it?) sexy. In March, for example, the magazine features fair trade clothing – once the […]

The ‘Classic’ Moulton – Paul Grogan

We have to admit to a soft-spot for Moulton bicycles. In historical terms, their manufacture spanned a brief era, but what an era! Dr Moulton rethought the bicycle from fundamental principles, creating a unique machine that helped to define the 1960s. Small wheels, suspension, fitted luggage, and one-size-fits- all monotube frame… The Moulton was both […]

Bicycle Design: The Search for the Perfect Machine – Mike Burrows

The sleeve of this book reads like a who’s who of the UK cycling world: written by Mike Burrows, edited by Tony Hadland, first printed in 2000 by Jim McGurn (and now in the safe hands of Bicycling Books), photos by Jason Patient et al, cartoons by Jo Burt and Geoff Apps, foreword by Richard […]

The Bicycle Book

Haynes is best known for its car manuals, less so for washing machines, computers, mankind (no really – ‘120,000BC to the Present Day’) and bicycles.The inspiration for The Bike Book came from a keen cyclist at Haynes’ Sparkford factory (just down the road from Castle Cary), and the 1994 volume is now in its 4th […]

Traffic Free Cycle Trails – Nick Cotton

From the Jason Patient cover photography to the final page of the comprehensive index, this is an attractively designed little guide book, bringing together every major off-road track and cycle trail in the UK. Rather than provide detailed maps for each trail – many of which are Sustrans paths or local waymarked routes – publisher […]

Bicycling Science – 3rd Ed – David Gordon Wilson & Jim Papadopoulos

Bicycling Science is a hallowed canon. Published in 1974, it was the first serious, academic work on general cycle science to appear since Archibald Sharp’s Bicycles and Tricycles in 1896. A collaboration between Frank Rowland Whitt, technical editor for the Cyclists’ Touring Club, and David Gordon Wilson, professor of mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute […]

High and Mighty: SUVs – The world’s most dangerous vehicles and how they got that way – Keith Bradsher

The image of the school-run 4×4 is an enduring one. Range Rovers, Shoguns and Land Cruisers may seem like gas- guzzling bad jokes, but as this book by American journalist Keith Bradsher shows, the laugh is on all other road users, not to mention the entire planet. Working as The New York Times’ man in […]

Slow Coast Home – Josie Dew

If you ride a bicycle you will probably already know of Josie Dew, patron saint of cycle touring and diminutive travel writer, whose previous volumes The Wind in my Wheels, Travels in a Strange State, A Ride in the Neon Sun and The Sun in my Eyes, have rightly become classics of their kind.Well, they […]

The Rough Guide to Cycling in London

From memory, the ‘Rough Guide’ travel-book series started life as a spin-off from a television programme of the same name a decade or so ago. Now some bright spark has hit on the idea of producing Rough Guides to cycling in capital cities, starting with London – the project getting off the ground with sponsorship […]

Down the Tube – Christian Wolmar

Down the Tube is a thoroughly depressing book. That’s no fault of Christian Wolmar’s, we hasten to add, because the author of Broken Rails (the troubled tale of rail privatisation) has made an equally impressive job of piecing together the history of London’s Underground Railway. For students of British transport history it’s all here – […]

The Good Shopping Guide

This little book is an attractive and useful aid to ethical shopping, based on information supplied by the Ethical Consumer Research Association.Who? No, we hadn’t heard of it either, but it’s a not-for-profit workers co-op that’s been around since 1987, publishing Ethical Consumer magazine from 1989. Each section includes a brief, idiot-proof table listing the […]

Critical Mass: Bicycling’s Defiant Celebration

A Critical Mass, for those who don’t know, is an occasional gathering of cyclists that began in San Francisco (where else) in 1992, and spread, in one form or another, to most of the world’s cities in the decade that followed.The aim of a Mass (if ‘aim’ isn’t too reactionary a concept) is to suck […]

The ‘Classic’ Moulton – Paul Grogan

Where do Moulton owners get their boundless enthusiasm? it takes a lot of nerve to self- publish anything, let alone a title as specialist as this.Where, one wonders, do they find the time? Do they do anything else? The ‘Classic’ Moulton is an apparently exhaustive reprint of Moulton catalogue specifications from 1963 – 1974, which […]

Cycle Maintenance – By Richard Hallett

At last, a pocket-sized bicycle maintenance book! Strangely enough, if the Cycle Maintenance Introduction is to be believed, bicycles now come in three distinct styles – racer, tourer and, er, Brompton. Unfortunately, this radical start is tempered by a complete lack of information on said folding bike or any of it’s cousins. Hub gears get […]

Encycleopedia 2002-03 – Compiled by Alan Davidson

Encycleopedia was one of the big success stories of the alternative transport world. It didn’t take advertising as such, but manufacturers were ‘invited’ to sponsor their own page.The disadvantage of this system is that very small, very poor concerns can get left out, while big manufacturers producing utter rubbish get in. So all credit to […]

The World We’re In – Will Hutton

What has the rise of American conservatism over the past few decades – seemingly reaching a crescendo in the Presidency of George W. Bush – got to do with how we get from A to B over here, on the other side of the pond? Will Hutton’s latest current affairs tour de force, following on […]