When you aren’t out there on the experiencing the thrill of cycling, books provide another way of exploring the deeper side of cycling culture. Here are our top 50 choices of best cycling books for improving the cycling experience and fueling your obsession in your off time.
Best Motivational Cycling Books
Racing Through the Dark: Crash. Burn. Coming Clean. Coming Back — David Millar (2012)
The memoirs of David Millar are filled with vivid descriptions of the world’s most spectacular events and courses from the saddle height view of a World Class Cyclist and time-trial specialist. Expect some beautiful depictions of the actual pains and joys of cycling from an insider.
Crossing America For A Cure: A Bicycle Journey of Inspiration And Hope —Al DeCesaris (2014)
The personally documented tale of Al DeCesaris; an amateur cyclist who cut across the continental US in honor of Jenna, his 9-year-old niece who had been born with a neurological disorder. Despite adversity, an ordinary man made the journey and increased awareness for Sturge-Weber Syndrome showing the power we each have to make a difference.
Tenacity: A Memoir — Dr. Jonathan Lessin (2015)
Jon was a successful anesthesiologist at the height of his medical career when diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Rather than submit to the fear that engulfed him, Jon set off on a journey that took him from the Arctic Tundra to the Rocky Mountains as he takes control of his life and chooses his future.
Racing for Recovery: From Addict to Ironman — Todd Crandell (2006)
The thing about falling into the pit of drug addiction and drinking is that you never know when you hit rock-bottom. It was when Todd Crandell was barely a ghost of intellectual self, which he quit cold-turkey and dedicated his life and body to Ironman triathlons. Wait till you see him now. This is a gripping tale of a fate worse than death and the will to resurrect.
The Happiness of Pursuit: A Father’s Courage, a Son’s Love and Life’s Steepest Climb — Davis Phinney (2011)
Davis Phinney applies the secrets that brought him success on the bike to fighting his bout with Parkinson’s’ Disease and finds that true happiness is in the pursuit.
Biking Through —Paul Stutzman (2011)
You would have to be crazy to pull off a feat like this, but with little more than determination and essential equipment, Paul Stutzman set off on a solo trip from one corner of the country to the other. The people, situations, and landscapes he encounters provide a fascinating perspective of America at work on a personal level.
Open Your Heart With Bicycling: Mastering Life Through Love of the Road — Shawn B. Rohrbach (2007)
This is an excellent entry-level guide to mastering the art of biking from a holistic standpoint. Shawn B. Rohrbach’s comprehensive illustrations will introduce you to the essential “how’s” and “why’s” of this popular activity.
Dying Was Not On My Agenda Kindle Edition — Tracy Stewart (2010)
In his efforts to fight cancer that threatened his father’s life, Tracy Stewart is suddenly faced with his mortality when an unexpected cancer diagnosis makes the threat even more personal. Through faith and inspirational love, Tracy can claim the promises he set out to find.
Slaying the Badger: Greg LeMond, Bernard Hinault, and the Greatest Tour de France — Richard Moore (2012)
Bernard Hinault, called the Badger, is a legend in the cycling world and champion of the Tour de France. The throng of cyclists in the 1986 Tour de France was climbing into the mountains, when an unexpected American challenger stalks the hardened veteran and threatens to steal the entire cycling heritage out from under France.
The Biker’s Guide to Business: When Business and Life Meet at the Crossroads — Dwain M. DeVille (2009)
How is cycling like managing a successful entrepreneurial endeavor? How are the challenges of cycling similar to those found at every steep climb in the modern business world? Dwain M. DeVille explores the relations and provides cycling-minded professionals business wisdom applicable to the boardroom, road or trail.
Best Training Cycling Books
The Cyclist’s Training Bible – Joe Friel (2009)
Coach Joe Friel is a legend in endurance training. In this book, he empowers endurance trainers with the information necessary for designing and adhering to an effective training plan. This includes the necessary succession of training methods and even how to eat for maximum energy efficiency.
The Complete Book of Road Cycling & Racing — Willard Peveler (2008)
Without well-defined goals, a cyclist can’t hope to improve their current skills. Serious cyclists have different goals: entering a competitive level, taking first place in an upcoming event or even completing a solo century ride and simply improving physical condition. Whichever personal cycling goals you have, Willard Pelever’s Complete Guide to Cycling has the know-how to make you a faster, fitter and smarter cyclist.
Cycling: Bicycling Made Easy: Beginner and Expert Strategies For Performing Better On Your Bike — Ace McCloud (2016)
Tired of sitting around the house? Looking to turn all that spare time into power and distance? Whether you are looking to train for serious competitions or simply find a great escape into the outdoors, this guide to cycling will provide you with all the essentials of the cycling practice.
Cycling Training: Made Simple, Smart, and Safe — Christian Horner (2014)
Christian Horner compiled this all-inclusive compendium of cycling for bike lovers looking to improve their road cycling skills, bike knowledge, and service capacity. From practical maintenance, proper equipment, cycling laws and safety, racing preparation, nutrition and even shaving your legs there is hardly an aspect of cycling that is not covered in detail in this complete guide to cycling training for competitors.
Training and Racing with a Power Meter, 2nd Ed. — Hunter Allen, Andrew Coggan (2010)
If you are looking to take your cycling to the next level, then you will want to train with a power meter. If you are training with a power meter, this is the definitive guide! No training tool can unlock as much speed and endurance as a power meter–for those who understand how to interpret their data. A power meter displays and records exactly how much energy a cyclist expends, which lends unprecedented insight into that rider’s abilities and fitness.
Mastering Mountain Bike Skills – 2nd Edition — Brian Lopes (2010)
Moving about on the rough riding terrain of an MTB cyclist takes a different set of skills. Brian Lopes guide to Mastering Mountain Bike Skills provides a professional trainers advice on fundamental techniques and pointers for taking the MTB discipline to the next level.
Pump Up the Base: Rock the trainer this winter. Rock the trails this summer. — Lee McCormack (2013)
Love the trail but not sure of how to approach? That’s ok; this 12-week plan provides an easy to follow a way of increasing pedaling power on all terrain types as well as pointers on how to train faster and with greater efficiency.
Watch Your Line (Second Edition): Techniques to Improve Road Cycling Skills —Alan Canfield (2011)
Precision positioning, pedaling and practice is what elevates a cyclist above his class. This book provides an in-depth measuring stick allowing cyclists to grind down their negative qualities and streamline their technique to nothing but power.
Realize Life Cycling for Newbies: You’ll Be Able To TAKE OFF Those Road Bike Training Wheels in 24hrs or LESS — Crystal Nadeau (2015)
There is an intimidating learning curve associated with mastering road cycling. With the crucial information presented with plenty of laughs, Crystal Nadeau provides this friendly personal trainer with all the answers you need to begin road cycling like a pro.
The Big Book of Endurance Training and Racing — Philip Maffetone (2010)
While not specific to road cycling, the advice of Dr. Philip Maffetone is invaluable to an athlete looking to increase their capacity for endurance. Dr. Maffetone instructs endurance athletes to adopt an individualized approach to increasing stamina, planning aerobics and developing a proper nutritional base.
Best Bike Maintenance and Repair Books
Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance: The World’s Best-Selling Bicycle Repair and Maintenance Guide — Lennard Zinn (2016)
Through Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance rookie and professional road, bikers will gain an experienced insight into the mechanics of the bike. From the basics of how to fix a flat to the more complex aspects of servicing drivetrains and brakes, Lennard Zinn has included all the colorful illustrated info on bike maintenance you will ever need.
The Bicycling Guide to Complete Bicycle Maintenance & Repair: For Road & Mountain Bikes —Todd Downs (2010)
Whether you own a top-of-the-line event-specific bike or a simple single-speed cruiser, all cyclists will agree to handle the maintenance of your ride personally is the best way to enjoy the cycling experience. But without an introduction, this can get tricky. Inside this complete guide to bike maintenance, you will find plenty of troubleshooting tips to get back on the road.
Bike Repair and Maintenance For Dummies — Dennis Bailey
For a guide that makes things easy, Bike Repair and Maintenance for Dummies provides all the diagrams, step-by-step instructions and plenty of information to handle all bike repairs without having to call an expert.
The Ultimate Bicycle Owner’s Manual: The Universal Guide to Bikes, Riding, and Everything for Beginner and Seasoned Cyclists — Eben Weiss (2016)
Written by a recognized expert in bike repair and maintenance, Eben Weiss this complete guide provides commuters, recreationists and serious cyclists with all the maintenance info they will ever need. For everything bike related from repairs, biking etiquette and even kid training this is the best bike book for you.
Essential Bicycle Maintenance & Repair — Daimeon Shanks (2012)
Proper repair and maintenance is the only way to maximize the service life of your prized bike. The advice in this book will not only improve your handling of necessary care and maintenance but also your understanding of cycling as a whole, which can greatly improve your cycling experience.
The Bike Deconstructed: A Grand Tour of the Modern Bicycle — Richard Hallett (2012)
While they seem simplistic, the modern bike can have as many as 200 highly-specialized parts. For an in-depth look at the marvel of these pedaled machines, the Bike Deconstructed provides an insightful introduction to every aspect of your bike and how they can be best tuned to improve cycling efficiency.
Bicycling Essential Road Bike Maintenance Handbook — Brian Fiske (2014)
This concise travel-sized handbook contains all the need-to-know facts about proper bike maintenance. With color-coded reference tabs, this guidebook serves as a useful go-to source for all-manner of bike related questions.
The Total Bike Maintenance Book: DIY Repairs Made Easy— Mel Allwood (2012)
For a comprehensive guide to the mechanics of MTBs, Road Bikes, and Hybrids, the Total Bike Maintenance Book provides detailed information on how to properly maintain and repair every aspect of bike’s mechanics. Plenty of pictures and examples ensure you can’t go wrong.
The Bike Owner’s Handbook— Peter Drinkell (2012)
The Bike Owner’s Manual provides step-by-step instructions for facing the most common issues in bike care, repair, and maintenance. Filled with rich photography and engaging illustration this is easy to understand guide to bike service for the rookie cyclist.
Chainbreaker Bike Book: A Rough Guide to Bicycle Maintenance — Ethan Clark Shelley Jackson (2010)
Working with the victims of New Orleans the co-authors of the Chainbreaker Bike Book gathered plenty of experience and practical know-how to share with cyclists everywhere. Half the book is filled with valuable advice on cycling details and the other half features reprints from the original Chainbreaker bikers’ magazine.
Best Fiction Cycling Books
Cycling: A Novel —Greg Garrett (2015)
Wealthy and successful author Brad Cannon is set to write the defining work of his lifetime, and Cycling is his only escape from things that could get serious, especially with the series of women he allows to enter and leave his life with equal ease. But something happens that leads him to break his cardinal rule and possibly threaten everything he has worked for and everything he is.
Cycling to Asylum — Su J. Sokol (2014)
After a run-in with a futuristic/totalitarian US government, Laek, a nonconformist history teacher with a radical past escapes to Quebec with his wife and kids. Posing as eco-tourists, they make their escape on a bike. But the futuristic Montreal offers its challenges to political refugees. Will they be safe in Canada?
Wheeler: a Novel — Sara Butler Zalesky (2016)
Loren Mackenzie is an American Cyclist preparing for a huge upcoming event when a chance meeting with a “Knight” will begin to unravel a tight knot present in her life. Will the flashy romance survive the demands of her important role as Team Captain? Will Loren’s shining knight stand with her to face the demons of her past?
North Wind in Your Spokes: A Novel of the Tour de France— Hans Blickensdörfer (2000)
With exquisite naturalness and simplicity, Hans Blickensdörfer relates a tale of biking glory in awesome authenticity. The book creates an essential link between the fiction and what cyclists regularly experience as they push themselves further and further past their limits.
The Memory of Running — Ron McLarty (2005)
At forty-three our hero is an unsuccessful and unlucky victim of family tragedy, chain-smoking and excess weight. When the death of his long-lost sister, with whom he was recently united, plunges him into despair, he finds hope and a reason to live, along with hilarious and illuminating experiences on the back of an old Raleigh bike. This is a tale of personal discovery and redemption.
27 Stages: a Novel — Kimberly Menozzi (2013)
Serendipitous encounters unite two desperate people entering the most grueling cycling race the world has known, the Tour d’Europa. Federico Renard and Abigail White will discover who they truly are as they are pushed to their personal limits and must balance the cost of temptations against their personal and professional goals.
They’ll Never Catch You Now — Ralph Hurne (2007)
Age and experience win out over the impetuous arrogance of youth as an aging champ prepares for his final stint in the Tour de France. Terry Davenport’s journey through the world of professional cycling is authentic and engaging.
The Spokesman: A novel about dirty money, death and cycling Kindle Edition — Tim Clayton and Ola Furmanowska (2014)
Mark’s nefarious career has come to a tragic conclusion, and he has trouble coping with the ghosts of his past. Determined to right his wrongs he sets out to return all the “dirty” money he has accumulated. His journey is lonely and sometimes hilarious, and everything is going well until suddenly the trek becomes a deadly game of cat and mouse.
Legends of the Tour — Jan Cleijne (2014)
The true grit and glory of the epic Tour de France have been beautifully depicted in Jan Cleijne graphic novel. The grandeur of the Tour’s Masters is captured in vivid pictures and accounts of the most intense and moving moments throughout the history of this timeless event.
Luigi’s Freedom Ride— Alan Murray (2015)
This is a touching and charming tale of life, bicycles and the love of the journey. A good-natured Italian youth is given a gift that will change his life and take him through WWII and across the globe to find endure grueling danger, desperate sorrow and an unflinching optimism that can carry the cycling soul across all boundaries.
Best Biking Biographies Books
The Badger: The Life of Bernard Hinault and the Legacy of French Cycling — William Fotheringham (2015)
Bernard Hinault is a legend in the cycling world and the last of the old-world cyclists. This in-depth depiction of the qualities of a true champion shed light on the French cycling culture and why it has been crucial to the cycling world today. Vivid accounts of the Badger’s most historic moments are revived by best-selling author William Fotheringham.
Sean Yates: It’s All About the Bike: My Autobiography —Sean Yates (2014)
Sean Yates is one of the few Britons who has had the honor of wearing the yellow jersey in the Tour De France. It is a dynamic dedication to cycling that proffers Sean Yates unparalleled speed and ferocity as a cyclist. The captivating autobiography is a must for aspiring professional cyclists looking to set their benchmarks for success.
The Climb: The Autobiography — Chris Froome (2015)
Unlike any other cycling journey in history, Chris Froome recounts the journey that brought him from the towns and beasts of Kenya to the yellow jersey and a Tour de France championship in 2013. Crossing continents and overcoming great personal tragedy are only some of the obstacles Froome faced along his way. The Climb is the story of perseverance in the face of hardship and the rewards it can bring.
Pro Cycling on $10 a Day: From Fat Kid to Euro Pro— Phil Gaimon (2014)
Phil Gaimon was a pudgy grumpy teenager until he decided to drop some weight before college and discovered a passion that would catapult him into the professional world of cycling masters. Here he outlines some important considerations and scathing warnings to others who would seek adventure and competition on a road bike saddle.
Greg LeMond: Yellow Jersey Racer —Guy Andrews with a foreword by Greg LeMond (2016)
While primarily associated with his multiple Tour Championships, Greg LeMond is one of the most significant road racers of our times and has contributed more to the sport than any other rider. Guy Andrews paints a detailed depiction of an all-round cycling champion of the world’s toughest bike races.
Fallen Angel: The Passion of Fausto Coppi (Yellow Jersey Cycling Classics) — William Fotheringham (2010)
Fausto Angelo Coppi was “campionissimo”, during his time after the Second World War. This book tells the tale of a cycling master dominating his sport during the staunchly Roman Catholic society of his Italy; the tale of a great hero reviled by his people in a time when adultery was a serious offense.
Cycling Home from Siberia: 30,000 miles, 3 years, 1 bicycle — Rob Lilwall (2011)
Rob Lilwall was a high school geography teacher who quit his job for the love of a bike. His passion would take him on a 30,000-mile journey from the frozen tundras to the steamy jungles before he could hope to see his home again. This gripping tale of endurance is only appreciated by another avid cyclist.
The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France — Tyler Hamilton and Daniel Coyle (2013)
An in-depth look at the world behind the pageant of professional cycling. Tyler Hamilton worked closely with cycling’s most iconic figure, Lance Armstrong. His book takes the reader on a trip to meet the unscrupulous doctors, cut-throat team leaders and athletes who will go to any length to gain a competitive edge. No serious cyclist should be without this scathing exposé.
Bradley Wiggins: My Hour — Bradley Wiggins (2016)
How far can you go on a bike in one hour? According to Bradley Wiggins and many other cycling greats, this is the hardest competitive event they have ever faced. With stunning photography and a gripping narrative by the man himself, “Bradley Wiggins: My Hour” is sure to resonate with the die-hard cycling athlete.
Shut Up, Legs!: My Wild Ride On and Off the Bike — Jens Voigt and James Startt (2016)
Jens Voigt may not have the multiple outstanding championships that other names in cycling have, but he is a respected champion in his right. This is because he personifies the heart and spirit of the sport with qualities like self-sacrifice, commitment and a sense of accomplishment that supersedes winning and losing. His tale will take you from a youth in East Germany to his entry into competitive racing without the support of performance enhancing drugs.