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The Young Cyclist's Companion

Written by Peter Drinkell

Illustrated by Thomas Slater

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The Young Cyclist's Companion Review

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An introduction to the nuts and bolts of cycling for young people

The Young Cyclist’s Companion is 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. Peppered with inspirational quotes from pro cyclists as well as the likes of Freddie Mercury and Albert Einstein, it includes lots of practical advice on equipment, maintenance and road safety as well as fun facts from the history of bikes and bike racing. Whether you want know how to adjust your brakes to perfection, corner at speed or which side of your helmet straps the arms of your sunglasses should be on, all the key elements of riding and looking after your bike are covered with infectious enthusiasm. At 38 pages long it’s short enough to be easily digestible for young readers and riders but those pages are packed with a surprisingly large amount of useful and entertaining information. Best of all it makes you want to get out and ride. ~ Sam Huby, Bikemonger


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The Young Cyclist's Companion Synopsis

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.

Alongisde 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. This multi-layering of information makes this an enjoyable toilet read as well as an extremely useful manual.

Clearly written by author, photographer and cycling enthusiast, Peter Drinkell, it is beautifully brought to life with bright colour photography and charming illustrations by the talented Thomas Slater, making a beautiful package for the beautiful machine!

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ISBN: 9781908714961
Publication date: 22/04/2021
Publisher: Cicada Books Limited
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781908714961
Publication date: 22nd April 2021
Author: Peter Drinkell
Illustrator: Thomas Slater
Publisher: Cicada Books Limited
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 72 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Cycling, Boarding & Skating, Non-Fiction, Sports
Collections: A Summer of Adventure - 50 Books to Inspire!,

About Peter Drinkell

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 of the Alps (Thames and Hudson, 2019). Find Peter on Instagram

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