Few athlete memoirs are well-written, and fewer still are written by women athletes. That The Breakaway: my story, by retired Welsh cyclist Nicole Cooke, is both means that the time it takes to read it is definitely well-spent.
People may ask which of Tullio Campagnolo’s innovations is the most important; the quick release allowing gears to be changed more easily in the pre-derailleur days, or the Gran Sport (and later Record & Super Record) rear derailleurs … and the best way to settle any debate is over a bottle of fine wine.
When I first read the description of BIKE MECHANIC: TALES FROM THE ROAD AND THE WORKSHOP, I was anticipating a quick read filled with profiles of team mechanics and humorous anecdotes of life on the road and the daily grind of cleaning and repairing bikes during events like the Tour de France. I was not anticipating a beautiful 272 page coffee table book.
I’ve had a love affair with Silca pumps since I first started riding bikes some 30-ish years ago … in fact, my original Silca Pista from the late-1980s is still going strong with just a couple of overhauls to replace gaskets and the leather plunger in that time. That commitment to quality did not die when Silca changed ownership and moved to the United States