Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Review - Holy Spokes by Rob Coppolillo (4/5 stars)

Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Non-fiction/Cycling
Size: 208 pages
Publisher: Zest Books
Release Date: January 22nd, 2013
ISBN: 978-1936976232
Stand Alone or Series: Stand Alone
Source: Amazon Vine for Review
Rating: 4/5 stars

I got a copy of this book through the Amazon Vine program to review. Thanks to Amazon and Zest Books for the opportunity to review this book. As I have gotten older cycling has become and bigger and bigger part of my life. This book gives a nice overview of both cycling as a sport and a lifestyle.

This book is a nice primer on different types of biking, bike care, and cycling lifestyle. A recommended read if you are just getting into or thinking about getting into biking/cycling.

There are chapters dedicated to the different types of biking, how to care for your bike, how to choose a type of biking, and also dedicated chapters on racing and adventure cycling. There is also a discussion on how cycling can help reduce pollution and improve health.

The book is targeted towards the young adult crowd. Still, as an adult I found this to be an interesting read and full of lots of great information.

At the end of each chapter there are short essays by experts in the cycling industry. For example we hear from racers, bike makers, etc.

This book is written in an easy to read way and the author has a great sense of humor that makes the book an entertaining read. I enjoyed reading it. I also enjoyed that there are a number of useful references listed throughout. So if you do want more in depth information on any one topic it is easy to find where to get that information.

Overall recommended to those who are thinking about getting more into cycling. I would also recommend this book as a good overview for those who have just entered into the sport. The book is well written, humorous, and provides a wealth of information.

This book goes towards the following reading challenges:
- 150+ Reading Challenge
- Young Adult Reading Challenge

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