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Obsessive Compulsive Cycling Disorder is an anthology of thirty articles written by an amateur cyclist over a period of ten years. The collection exhibits the madness that engulfs those who descend into cycling obsession, celebrating the average cyclist living in a world defined by the pros. The writings range from fanciful musings concerning the Tao of singlespeeding to lengthy descriptions of end-to-end rides in Britain and Ireland. Mountain biking, road cycling, classic alpine climbs and all sorts of other cycling events are chronicled along the way. Each is written in a lighthearted style designed to bring the reader into the author’s world which is often littered with incident and humour. Within the pages the reader will find a loose ticklist of events to ride, bikes to own and challenges to take on. Each described in the author’s own inimitable style.

This latest version comes with added "much better proofreading than last published edition"

About the Author

Dave Barter is a British cyclist. Excellent we’ve got that out of the way. A non-cycling author of a series of bicycle based reflections would have a hint of incongruity about it. He likes to think of himself as an all rounder having tried many two wheeled disciplines and fallen off most of them. In 2001 he chucked in his job and went cycling. In 2010 he did exactly the same thing again. In between times he’s written a few articles about cycling and a few of them have even made it into print.

Dave was born in Ely Hospital in 1966 after his Dad raced floodwater to get his Mum to the ward before the river Ouse burst. This explains why he is always in a rush. Dave lives in deepest Wiltshire with his wife Helen and his children Jake and Holly. Wembley the cat used to reside within the family as well but sadly snuffed it a few years ago. Dave’s fiscal profession is Information Technology. He writes articles to fund bike parts and is currently attempting to finish a number of books. Once he has read them, he’ll turn his attention to his half completed writing projects. Like all good IT practitioners he rarely finishes anything. Obsessive Compulsive Cycling Disorder is the rare exception.

Dave has recently published a road cycling route guide to the UK. Great British British Rides is also available from Amazon in paperback format.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1640 KB
  • Print Length: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Phased Publications; 1 edition (18 Feb. 2012)
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007B1WO8C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Enabled
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

He’s a natural comic too and his wit and anecdotes significantly add to the enjoyment. Whether you’re a roadie or an MTB fan

One person found this helpful.
 on 18 April 2017
By Mapakev
Of all of the cycling books I’ve read, including some top racers’ bios,

Great mix of cycling tales

 on 24 June 2017
By tingtang
Personal accounts made it all the more entertaining as was the banter and occasional swearing. It was an endearing read and allowed you to get to know Dave just a little bit. My personal favourite was the Lejog as I liked the way it flowed. Looking forward to reading his 2011 rides around Britain.

Eminently readable and nicely put together

 on 16 August 2017
By Jules
An enjoyable meander through various cycling essays and observations on life from a two wheel fanatic.

Lots I could identify with, in good humour.

 on 14 August 2017
By kathryn johnson
Bought to revise for the Dunwich Dynamo, the day of the ride! Had already enjoyed the audiobook. Dave gets out of his house faster than we do with our children and bikes – but only just!

Worth a read.

 on 12 July 2017
By Neil Terry
Great read. Couldn’t put it down.

Really funny, a must for anyone who loves cycling

One person found this helpful.
 on 7 November 2013
By Mrs SL Harries
Once you start reading the book you can’t put it down. Very few books are as humorous as this. It is beautifully written and there were times when I just laughed out loud.

Great cycling stories

4 people found this helpful.
 on 5 September 2012
By Kev Mooney
As someone who has had an on/off love affair with bikes over the last 40 years this book caught my eye.

Obsessive Compulsive Cyclist

8 people found this helpful.
 on 7 August 2012
By Bikedad
I was bored waiting for a train when I decided to purchase this book. The day had been long and tiring, it was raining hard and the station was packed. Faced with another hour long battle of sudoku on my phone I gave in and bought the book. Ten minutes into my commute I had managed to block out the fact that I was pressed uncomfortably against my fellow travellers as I was busy laughing my way through the tales within the book. I defy any cyclist not to find elements of themselves within the various tales, my wife quizzed me as to wether I had actually written half of this. Sadly I am not nearly as eloquent as the writer who captures the many facets that keep cyclists turning the pedals. Russian bride struck a particular chord in my house!

A great read for cyclists and non cyclists alike

319 people found this helpful.
 on 7 March 2012
By JenCB
I should declare an interest in this book as I am Dave’s mum, but I am very proud that he has managed to finish something for once in his life as he never got round to tidying his room or doing his homework on time. I’ve read each of his stories and can confirm that they are mostly factually correct and in some places a little too much information has been supplied. They made me laugh, cry, reminisce and also email him a stern ticking off for some of the naughty language he has used. His dad read it as well and is currently in discussion with lawyers concerning the paragraph concerning labelling. On a serious note, I am not a fanatical cyclist and confess to a bike with a shopping basket attached. Yet I enjoyed reading Dave’s “tales from two wheels” as he has made a real effort to bring non-cyclists into his world. I’m still not sure I understand all of the jargon but get the general gist. So I am going to give this book five stars on the condition that Dave pops round in the near future and helps us with some gardening.

Five Stars

 on 9 December 2016
By John Turner
Bought as a gift so I can’comment

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