The Beautiful Machine
A Life in Cycling, from Tour De France to Cinder Hill
By (author) Graeme Fife
Beautiful Machine by Graeme Fife
Book DescriptionGraeme Fife has been riding a bike since he discovered, aged five, that escaping from home on two wheels was a lot faster and took him a lot farther than he could go on foot. He soon allied love of what was, admittedly, quite a humble version of the beautiful machine with a tenacious grip on independence. A French girlfriend introduced Fife to raclette, a broader perspective on life and thinking and the Tour de France and French cycling journalism. Since then, this passion has seeded books, articles, epic rides, acquaintance with some of the most illustrious men in cycling and many staunch friendships. This is bare-knuckle writing at its most punchy, rippling with wit and energy. It is a celebration of the bicycle and the joy, wonder, adventure, the good and bad times associated with it, and of the people who ride and with whom Fife has ridden. Here are explorations of all dimensions of the experience, on, round, with, via and about the beautiful machine.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781845963149
(234mm x 153mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Mainstream Publishing
Publisher: Mainstream Publishing
Publish Date: 1-May-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Graeme Fife
Tour De France, Paperback (September 2015)
Laced with tales of great solo performances, amazing fortitude, terrible misfortune and magnificent triumphs, this guide has a pacy narrative which paints an irresistible portrait of this extraordinary competition and a colourful picture of the men who have given the Tour its enduring universal appeal.
Elite Bicycle, Hardback (September 2013)
A visual celebration of the world's greatest cycling marques showing the techniques used to make all the components of a truly great bike.
Bike Owner's Handbook, Paperback (May 2012)
A guide for the millions of bicycle-commuters who just want to know the basics of repairing and maintaining their bikes, without having to immerse themselves in a vast and complicated technical manual. It provides step-by-step explanations to repairing a puncture, adjusting brakes and gears, cleaning a bike and basic maintenance.
Inside the Peloton, Paperback (September 2002)» View all books by Graeme Fife
Drawing on interviews and personal acquaintance with riders who have raced on the Continent, as well as mechanics and team-support crew, this is a portrait of the complex character of cycle racing. It is an in-depth study of ambition, the rage to win and the capacity to recover from defeat.
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Author Biography - Graeme Fife
Graeme Fife is a writer with several books published in the UK and the USA. A keen cyclist, he has ridden all the celebrated cols of Tour legend.
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