Over the Hill and Round the Bend: Misadventures on a Bike in Wales

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Maybe my fault, but I just cocked-up in picking this book to take with me for a few days in East Anglia UK. Wales is mountainous. East Anglia is flat. I threw this book down in exasperation at page 64 of Mr Guise is open about the additional human support and assistance he received on the road with his miles by map cycle journey around Wales.

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But was such support Maybe my fault, but I just cocked-up in picking this book to take with me for a few days in East Anglia UK. But was such support and assistance really so necessary in this, the twenty-first century? Instead, Mr Guise displayed absolute mastery of the incomplete sketch and insubstantial scene. But then what ought I have expected from a man who, to boot, needed back-up support on the road!

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Overall, it was a huge relief not to complete the journey with the man on his woefully squandered opportunity. Clearly my normally failsafe instinct for a good second-hand book had unravelled.

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Jan 29, Cindy May added it. Must remember to give this book to the girl at the Pet Palace who is hoping to maybe go to Wales this summer. Jo Terry rated it liked it Jul 24, Andrew rated it really liked it Mar 03, Simon Chi rated it it was ok Feb 20, Odette Dace rated it it was ok Jul 03, Jeremy Wilson rated it it was ok Dec 09, Aaron rated it liked it Oct 09, Sarah rated it it was ok Oct 31, Shauna rated it it was ok Apr 27, Nickmozz rated it it was amazing Sep 30, Claire Barker rated it liked it Jun 21, Tiffany marked it as to-read Jun 22, Heather added it Jul 19, If you zoom in really closely you can see very special drop-outs, sadly I seem to have lost the photo I took of them in extreme close up.

Pink side walls on the side of the tyres is a nice touch as it the start, finish and length of race on the top tube. For a commuter these are a serious consideration, no more punctures, or swerving around glass which is a particular bug bear of mine. The bike pictured is the Strida, and it tried to kill me! I set off fine but the mearest hint of steering and it veered wildly, took a little while to get used to riding on such small tyres.

The single fork design is cool, as are disc brakes — not sure how maintenance free they can be though.

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As these books follow a very similar format I felt it sensible to waffle about them both at the same time. The Joy of Cycling is general book that tries to cover pretty much everything bike related, from the evolution of the bike through the different types of bikers, famous riders and races, and loads more. Enjoyed both these books and want more of them, one about cycling in the UK would sell well given the present climate. Michael Hutchinson aka Dr Hutch is obsessed with making himself a faster rider, seemingly to the detriment of everything else — not sure my girlfriend would put up with an oxygen tent!

The second half of the book I enjoyed a lot more, looking at bikes and that kind of tech.

The chapter on diet was eye opening and it will eventually effect my fuelling before and after events, I wont be changing my day to day eating too much as I have willpower but not quite that much. French Revolutions is one of my all time favourite books of any type, so I went into this with equal excitement and trepidation.

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So much so I had it sat on my shelf for a while before starting it. And rather than just following the route he decides to ride it using a period bike and period clothing. The first section of the book charts this process, sourcing a frame, trying to build it, etc.

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  • I could easily sympathise with the struggle in building, always entertaining to see a fellow velo fellow try to hide his ignorance! Once the ride begins the story becomes fairly formulaic, but using the period bike brings up difficulties not seen on modern bikes — making cork brake blocks, those blocks popping out, wooden rims, etc. It made me wonder how they actually raced on such machines, obviously the bike builders of those times were highly skilled but the bikes would still have been hammered day after day. French Revolutions made me want to shadow ride a Tour de France route, reading Gironimo made me never want to ride a fixed gear bike anywhere.

    Or to wear woollen shorts. Pictures throughout the book are always a nice touch, having captions would have helped though, there was an index of them at the back but I kept forgetting to flick back and forth to read them. My only gripe was the size of the book, a paperback should be small, this is part of the new trend of having a big paperback before a release as a proper paperback. Maybe I just need less dainty hands. This book looks at the season from the position of the racers and races. It reads like a collection of articles, some quite short and looking at 1 rider others covering entire races.

    Even though less than 30 years ago a lot of the races and riders featured feel like ancient history, for a sport where little really changes I was quite surprised at that really. Search Search for:. First things first — I like a man who uses his middle initial. Part 2 to follow….

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