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Friday, March 26, 2010

Cyclist BikeList, written by Laura Robinson and illustrated by Ramon K Perez. Tundra Books, 2010. $19.99 ages 10 and up

"If you cycle in the city, you've jumped pot-holes and sewer grates and swerved around shards of glass, gutter garbage, skate-boarders, roller-bladers, dog-walkers, dog poop, and pedestrians who don't watch for traffic."

As spring nears and the snow melts, it won't be long until we see more and more cyclists on our streets and pathways. The bicycle is a harbringer of good weather, fresh air and for many, road rash! The subtitle for this informative and interesting book is 'The Book for Every Rider'. There is not much missed that riders need to know, that is certain.

Laura Robinson was a member of our national cycling team and is a coach of a mountain bike team called the Anishinaabe Racers in Ontario. She brings her love of the sport to the writing of this book and provides an historical perspective on it, while adding fun and informative text that makes suggestions for dress, nutrition and choosing and using your 'best' bike.

A bike enthusiast since childhood, the author uses a timeline to begin and shows the development of the sport from the early 1800s. She includes labelled illustrations, charts, information boxes, detailed description, speech balloons, safety precautions and checklists to provide what the title promises...a book for 'every' rider. Amateur or professional, beginner or seasoned, there is information here for everyone. If you're into cycling, this is a great book for you!

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