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the pain-free cyclist book

There comes a time when cycling is no longer fun. That time is when it literally hurts to ride your bike.

The worst part is, it’s usually the repetitive motion and hunched over position from cycling that is the reason you got hurt in the first place!

Fortunately, Matt Rabin and Robert Hicks are doing their best to help you out in their new book, THE PAIN-FREE CYCLIST: Conquer Injury and Find Your Cycling Nirvana.

Dr. Matt Rabin is the team chiropractor for the Cannondale-Garmin pro cycling team, and Robert Hicks is an experienced fitness/cycling author and editor, so they make a great duo to put this thing together.

The main point of the book is to explain the most common cycling injuries, covering what they are, why you get them, how to take care of them, and how to avoid them in the future.

What you’ll find in this book

It’s a lot more than just injuries and rehab.

The early chapters of the book cover most of the basics of cycling. Bike fit, core strength, nutrition, hydration, and more. Pretty much everything you need to know if you want to be a cyclist.

Then it goes in-depth into specific injuries and how to treat them. A lot of time is spent on major injuries, but there are also some chapters on various ailments like illness and saddle sores.

Throughout the book, you’ll find stories from the pros about their experiences with injuries and getting past them.

The best parts

If you’re a beginner, the whole book is excellent. You get a great intro into not just the interesting points of cycling, but the most important points (some of which you’d probably never think to research on your own).

The hydration and mental performance chapters are particularly interesting.

I’ll warn you, though – if you’re an experienced cyclist (and you probably are if you’re looking at a book about pain and overuse injuries,) a lot of the info could be old hat. But that doesn’t really matter because you’re looking for the injury info, and that stuff is top-notch!

the pain-free cyclist injury chapters

When you hit chapter 8, that begins the series of chapters devoted to specific injuries. All these later chapters are super useful. Each one explains the problem, then gives you a course of action, suggested exercises, how long to rest, when to see a doctor, etc.

You also get real-life stories from the pros about how they overcame injuries. The stories could be useful to help give you that “he did it, I can get through this too” feeling.

Also, I thought the book offered great coverage of recovery tools. Back in my day, you’d never see foam rollers or kinesiology tape mentioned!

The disappointments

I can’t really say any particular topic is missing, but by covering so many topics, none go into detail. So unless you’re a total beginner, you’ll probably skip over the first section of the book.

Take bike fitting for example. It’s just a few basic tips. It’s nothing compared to BIKE FIT, which is filled with bike fitting principles and real-life practical advice for all levels of cyclists (beginners through seasoned experts).

Then there’s the nutrition chapter. It’s reasonably sound, but again, it’s a complex topic condensed into a basic overview. I’m not sure I totally agree with this part. For example, it dismisses creatine quickly (which I used to do, but not once I really analyzed it and discovered some possible uses).

But I’m super picky about nutrition and this book is not about nutrition, so let’s not dwell on that! 🙂

Lastly, a lot of the stories from the pros are only semi-interesting, and that’s if you’re really into cycling. The injury recovery stories are good, but most of the stories are about having a good day on the bike. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather go outside and have a good day on my bike than read about someone else’s day on their bike! (And if I’m injured, I don’t need to hear anyone’s bragging!)

My final verdict is…

If you’re a beginner, great. Get this book and peruse it and try your best to avoid injuries. Trust me, they suck! And they’ll cost you hundreds if not thousands of dollars on top of the misery of not being able to ride.

If you’re already injured, it’s too late for the first half of this book (you’ve probably already learned this stuff). But if you encounter one of the injuries that’s covered, the book might be super useful.

Official website: www.Bloomsbury.com

Buy online: www.Amazon.com

Product Review Details
Company: Bloomsbury Sport, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing
Product: THE PAIN-FREE CYCLIST: Conquer Injury and Find Your Cycling Nirvana
Reviewed by: Coach Levi
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Date last updated: 2015-10-17
Obtained Product: Free review copy from publisher.
CoachLevi.com Advertiser: No.

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