What are the most beautiful and best books about cycling? Beautiful cycling books have been written to enjoy – and we have put the best recommendations in our top list. Read on for the best cycling and road racing books and biographies …

Cycling book top 10 of all time: Tour de France, Paris-Roubaix and more

Cycling is perhaps the most popular sport on the road: for hobby cyclists and professionals alike. It is one of the few sports where you become one with a machine, the road and the landscape.

We start our recommendations with the top 10 best books about Cycling of all time. This list has been updated this year, including all the recent titles.

Best Books About CyclingAuthor
Serious CyclingEdmund R. Burke
Biography of the Bike: The Ultimate History of Bike DesignChris Boardman
Bike Racing 101Kendra Wenzel and René Wenzel
Cycling the Hebridean Way: 10 islands, causeways and cakePeter Adcock
Remarkable Bicycle RidesColin Salter
Ride Fast: Get Up to Speed on Your Bike in 10 Weeks Or LessEric Harr
Cycling Plus: The New Cold War: Episode 10Rob Kemp
Smart Cycling: Successful Training and Racing for Riders of All LevelsArnie Baker
Infographic Guide to CyclingRoadCyclingUK
Bicycle Touring: The Complete Book on Touring by BikePatricia Vance

The updated top 10 list: the best books about cycling

It’s All About the Bike: The Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels

This is a story about Robert Penn, who is building his perfect bike. He has been riding his bike all of his life and everywhere, whether it was for work, holiday, or to do his shopping. Follow his story and be inspired by it.

Kids’ Cycling Handbook: Tips, Facts and Know-How About Road, Track, BMX and Mountain Biking

This is the ultimate handbook for children age 7 to 11 who love cycling. There are stories about professional riders, the history of cycling, and tips and tricks in his book.

Road to Valor: A True Story of WWII Italy, the Nazis, and the Cyclist Who Inspired a Nation

‘Road to Valor’ describes Gino Bartali’s story of how he won his first triumph in the Tour the France, but you will be surprised about what he did in the war and how he used his bike to smuggle documents.

The Bicycling Big Book of Cycling for Women: Everything You Need to Know for Whatever, Whenever, and Wherever You Ride 

The female body is built different than the male body, and we like this book, because it only focuses on cycling for women and how food and training works best for them.

The First Tour de France: Sixty Cyclists and Nineteen Days of Daring on the Road to Paris

If you are a big fan of the Tour de France, then we suggest reading this book on the history of this cycling race. As you will learn times were different, bicycles were different and people acted differently as well.

The Haynes Bicycle Book (3rd Edition): Step-by-Step Repair and Maintenance 

Are you looking for a practical book on how to do repairs and maintenance on your bike? The illustrations in ‘The Haynes Bicycle Book’ will help you follow the guide in order for you to enjoy your bike longer and better.

The World’s Fastest Man: The Extraordinary Life of Cyclist Major Taylor, America’s First Black Sports Hero

Major Taylor was a young black man who decided to compete in a mostly white man’s sport. With the help of Birdie Munger, he became a champion and travelled the world, but he also faced countless acts of racism along his path.

Major Taylor: The Inspiring Story of a Black Cyclist and the Men Who Helped Him Achieve Worldwide Fame

On the same subject, but from a different writer, comes this second book on our top ten list about Major Taylor. Read the story and discover how a bicycle became the symbol for freedom.

Cycling On Form: A Pro Method of Riding Faster and Stronger

‘Cycling On Form’ focuses on training the whole athlete, and not just the fitness part of it. If you want to improve your cycling, Tom Danielson will help you start at the level you are at right now.

Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance: The World’s Best-Selling Bicycle Repair and Maintenance Guide

This guide on bike maintenance consists of many helpful illustrations and diagrams, and every element of a bike is highlighted in this book by Lennard Zinn. With over 500 pages, this is your go-to book to do your own repairs and maintenance.

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