Cyclist Bikelist: The Book For Every Rider by Laura RobinsonCyclist Bikelist: The Book For Every Rider by Laura Robinson

Cyclist Bikelist: The Book For Every Rider

byLaura RobinsonIllustratorRamon K. Perez

Paperback | April 13, 2010

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Bikes are becoming an ever-more vital part of daily life for people of all ages. Laura Robinson combines fascinating history (the first bike was propelled by the rider’s feet pushing against the ground) with useful and fun information, including tips for the way to dress for safe and efficient biking; what to eat for maximum body efficiency; and how to select and maintain a bike.

The book features riding superstars like Lance Armstrong as well as the kids from Chippewas of Nawash First Nations, whose mountain bike team is coached by Robinson.

Detailed diagrams and charts of different types of bikes, tire treads, and even road signs, along with bios of famous cyclists throughout history make this lively book the perfect resource for both dedicated riders and first-time cyclists.
LAURA ROBINSON has been a freelance journalist for nearly twenty years, and she is the author of five books on issues in sports. She was a former member of Canada’s national cycling team and a former Canadian rowing champion. Robinson coaches the Anishinaabe Racers, a mountain bike and Nordic ski team at Cape Croker First Nation Elemen...
Title:Cyclist Bikelist: The Book For Every RiderFormat:PaperbackDimensions:64 pages, 9.97 × 8.01 × 0.24 inPublished:April 13, 2010Publisher:TundraLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0887767842

ISBN - 13:9780887767845

Appropriate for ages: 9


Rated 4 out of 5 by from An enlightening reference material for any new cyclist Who doesn’t remember the first time they set flight on a bicycle without the assistance of training wheels, or a parents protective grip? The feeling of confidence and sheer joy that I felt at this milestone moment in my life has not been easily matched since. Although children don’t ride bikes in the numbers nor the frequency that they used to prior to this age of technology, Cyclist BikeList could be just the type of book to inspire young riders to get out there and explore what excitement and adventure a bicycle in the outdoors has to offer. To show just how far we’ve come with the technology of the bicycle, this informative book begins with the course of its evolution. Playful illustrations show us the bikes humble beginnings as a pedal-less, wooden device back in 1817 to its safer and much improved current form almost two hundred years later. For the technically inclined, there is a detailed diagram used to show the various parts that make up a modern bicycle, while the ins and outs of bicycle engineering are also outlined as it is explained how a bicycle works via the combination of its parts and their specific mechanics. Riding tips are found in the text, or through an illustrated character’s conversation bubbles as asides throughout. There are elaborate instructions on how to change gears properly, as well as little things, like, that you should “always pedal with the ball of your foot for maximum efficiency.” Parents will appreciate the advice on how to shop for a bike, how riders can stay safe while riding, and what the important legal requirements are regarding helmets, signaling and the obeying of traffic signs. Since this is a Canadian book, most of the information provided is surrounding Canadian laws, but is still useful to any cyclist looking to keep safe. One would be wise to check out their local laws regarding cycling regardless of where you live, as regulations can change and need to be stayed on top of. As well as extensive checklists detailing the essentials needed, there are instructional sections on how to dress appropriately for safety, comfort and hygiene, and what accessories are required for different types and lengths of bike rides. As well as an extensive chapter on how to maintain your bicycle, there is another on how to help the rider maintain their health, and what it takes to properly fuel the body. The author breaks down the importance of complex carbs, protein and other crucial vitamins and nutrients, as well as addressing a cyclist’s need to eat and stay well hydrated while riding, in order to keep energy levels up. Cyclist BikeList is the perfect blend of history, mechanics, safety and inspiration. Although I have seen some websites recommend it for 7-9 year olds, I find it to be geared (no pun intended) more towards the 9-12 year old. That being said, this is a beautifully illustrated and colourful reference material that will keep any cycling-minded child, teen or adult reading right through to the last page. One thing I think this book could have used was a glossary of terms at the back, as I am certain that most children don’t know the meaning of ‘pneumatic’ or ‘centrifugal.’ On the other had, this may encourage a child to take a moment to look the words up, which is always helpful to a growing vocabulary. Strangely, there were some instances where the definition of a tough word was provided in parenthesis after it was used, like in the case of ‘metallurgy,’ I’m just not sure how some words missed this special attention. Cyclist BikeList has a wealth of information and not only is it the perfect reference guide for a child doing a project on ‘the bicycle,’ it could be an important factor in choosing the right bike for a new rider, or helpful to an experienced rider planning an extended cycling trip. I would definitely recommend this book to others, and I’m excited to be able to add it to my collection. Check out more of my reviews at
Date published: 2010-05-31