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Two new cycling books out in September

Great reading on the way from Paul Fournel, and Richard Moore and Daniel Benson

We all like a bit of light (and not so light) reading on the subject of bikes, so here's a heads up about two new books that'll be hitting the shelves in September.

First up is Vélo, by Paul Fournel. Reading the cover notes we learn that "Vélo is a unique look at the bike. Through a series of short essays, Paul Fournel beautifully evokes the experience and spirit of of all aspects of cycling"

Sounds good, non? The astute amongst you might be thinking, "That sounds quite a lot like Need for the bike by the same author," and you'd be right: Vélo is an amalgamation of that tome with Paul's columns from Rouleur, illustrated by the inestimable crayoniste and contributor Jo Burt.

Vélo is a highly enjoyable collection of memories, asides and opinions on everything from cyclist's tan (above) to maps, flat tyres, even the smell of cycling. It's a great book to dip in and out of when you want to be inspired to go for a ride...

The book is scheduled to be released in September (we'll let you know when it's on sale) and will cost you £21 from Rouleur books. We'll give it the once over too, so keep your eyes open for a review.

Also out in September (the 13th, to be precise) is Bike! A tribute to the world's greatest cycling designers by acclaimed cycling author Richard Moore and managing editor Daniel Benson. It's a potted history of 49 of the most famous marques in cycling, from Atala to Wilier via Bianchi, Cervelo, Cinelli, Giant, Gitane, Mercian, Peugeot, Serotta, Time, Vitus and loads more. 37 more, in fact. We won't tell you exactly who's included so you can be indignant when you get your copy that your favourite obscure maker isn't there...

The histories are varied and interesting with lots of peripheral detail and interesting anecdotes for the fact-hounds among you, and they're backed up by excellent photography throughout. With 350-odd pages this is one for the coffee table rather than the hand luggage, but it looks like excellent value at £25 for the amount of learning you'll be doing and nice pictures to look at.

That Rob Penn has weighed in with a foreword too. Bike! is published by Aurum Press and will be available from all good book retailers, and probably some bad ones. Look out for a review on

Dave is a founding father of, having previously worked on Cycling Plus and What Mountain Bike magazines back in the day. He also writes about e-bikes for our sister publication ebiketips. He's won three mountain bike bog snorkelling World Championships, and races at the back of the third cats.

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Gkam84 | 11 years ago

Having won Rob Penn's - Its all about the bike, in a schwag last year, read it cover to cover and thats the first book i've done that with since I was at school. Anything that he's thought is good enough to write a foreword in is a good enough recommendation for me  3

Sarah Barth | 11 years ago

Also in trivia: our very own contributor John Stevenson wrote a couple of chapters, and very nice the book is too.

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