Wanted: Your Lance Armstrong books, so they can be turned into art on Tyneside

Proposed installation will have a doping theme - if only the books had, Lance would have saved us a lot of trouble

by Simon_MacMichael   February 6, 2013  

It's Not About The Bike

Good news, of sorts, for Lance Armstrong - someone still wants his books.  Newcastle-upon-Tyne bike shop-cum-café The Cycle Hub and cycle holiday operator Saddle Skedaddle have issued an appeal for unwanted copies of books about the disgraced cyclist that will be turned into an art installation with an anti-doping theme.

The installation is planned to be unveiled at The Late Shows – when galleries and museums on Tyneside open late into the evening – which takes place on 17 and 18 May, reports BikeBiz.

Andrew Straw of Saddle Skeddadle told the website: "The installation will relate to doping in cycling and the more books we get the bigger and better the installation will be."

To which all we can add is, be careful what you wish for. There’s an awful lot of Armstrong books out there looking for a new home.

Turning them into art is much better, we reckon, than letting the books such as It’s Not About The Bike gather dust on the shelf where, in any event, they make for rather uncomfortable companions to the likes of Paul Kimmage’s Rough Ride (which we’re sure moves itself to the other end of the road.cc library at night).

And other options to get rid of them are limited – we don’t encourage the whole burning of books thing, and just try donating a copy of Every Second Counts to the local charity bookshop. You’ll be going back home with it.

There’s no news of what will happen to the books after The Late Show finishes, but a word of caution to The Cycle Hub and Saddle Skedaddle – remember our story from last month about the entrepreneur lumbered with 10,000 Lance Armstrong DVDs he can’t sell who was looking for ideas on how to dispose of them?

Books should be sent, or handed in, to:

The Cycle Hub
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear

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Think my copy may not make it, I'll throw it of the Tyne Bridge. Second thoughts it sounds a worthy cause. How do we donate?

posted by Roberj4 [209 posts]
6th February 2013 - 23:41


Meant to add the address at the end... and now I have Wink

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [9510 posts]
6th February 2013 - 23:50


Send your copy to The Cycle Hub, Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 1BU.

Didn't know this shop was there, looks like a ride & refuel stop there soon with by Bro.

posted by Roberj4 [209 posts]
6th February 2013 - 23:52


how about Lance DVDs and special edition mags, will they take those?

posted by pmr [193 posts]
7th February 2013 - 10:35


I was either going to use my books for clay shooting practice or have them fired out of a giant cannon.....

Anyone got a giant cannon I can borrow?

What about the '7' dvd/video sets? There has to be art in there somewhere, there sure isn't any legitimate cycling content!

My knee hurts!

posted by aende [37 posts]
7th February 2013 - 10:52


It's a lovely spot with excellent coffee, friendly staff, a workshop and bike hire. Good bike-art on the walls too. I'll take my sanctimonious little edition down there presently.


posted by Littlehuan [46 posts]
7th February 2013 - 13:41



If anyone has spare books, DVDs, videos, or any other Lance related cast offs we will take them. You could drop them off the Tyne Bridge and we will fish them out when they float past the cycle hub or you could drop them in and grab a coffee instead! If anyone doesn't live nearby we would still love to get things through the post.

Saddle Skedaddle (www.skedaddle.co.uk) and The Cycle Hub (www.thecyclehub.org)

posted by SaddleSkedaddle [2 posts]
7th February 2013 - 13:51


Cheers Patrick!

posted by SaddleSkedaddle [2 posts]
7th February 2013 - 13:52


Sorry already pulped them as the charity shop didn't want them. (we've got too many). There is NOTHING in my house that reminds me of that chap anymore. He let us all down. Sad

Pete The Pump.

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posted by Petethepump [24 posts]
7th February 2013 - 14:36


I ride by the bikehub every day on my way to work but havent actually stopped by, usually because it's not open when I'm passing. Might leave my copy on the doorstep tomorrow

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posted by joemmo [1112 posts]
7th February 2013 - 14:49


Livestrong clothing has appeared in TK MAX, not looking good for Nike.

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posted by Semitae [21 posts]
7th February 2013 - 15:49