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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

 on 18 April 2017
By Mapakev
Of all of the cycling books I’ve read, including some top racers’ bios,


 on 7 December 2012
By the_bald_man
I finished reading this book this morning on my commute to work, and I am disappointed on two fronts. Firstly, I am disappointed that I have finished it, and secondly, I am disappointed it took me so donwload a copy!

I can’t believe I hadn’t yet reviewed this smashing book

 on 10 December 2012
By A Satisfied-Customer
This has been one of my favourite fun reads of the year – and once finished I started delving (and still do) into Dave’s blog too. I love his humour. I love his obsessional devotion to cycling… and challenges… and pain… and his family (talking of family, they are clearly obsessionally devoted to him too, otherwise how could they put up with him and his bike mania?!). But apart from the laughs, this book has accompanied me on my own journey into cycling madness. From being a fair-weather, hybrid-with-panniers riding granny – I’ve now metamorphosed into an all-weather, carbon-fibre road cyclist in screaming-yellow gilet and lycra knickers… and I blame a lot of it on Dave (though my brother has to carry some blame too – oh, and Brad, Cav, Pendleton, Rowsell, Hoy et al). Could it be that OCCD is infectious? Is there therapy for it? Well don’t tell me about it because I’m very happy to indulge my new obsession and fill my house and garage with bike stuff.

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.

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.

Cycling Escapism at its Best – Great Entertainment

 on 23 May 2014
By Sdrowym
A friend recommended this book to me after he had read Peter Blackman’s “It’s Not About The BIKE!” on Kindle…. a lot of similarities in style, humour and entertainment. As an ‘amateur’ cyclist [MAMIL] I was hooked from the start… just the opener cracked me up. Dave has captured a compilation of lots of different cycling stories, and as I read through them it was easy to relate to many of the experiences that he had had. It is an easy book to read and I love the down the earth humour. As a bit of cycling ‘escapism’ but without the ‘physical’ effort, this book is as brilliant as it is funny. Highly recommend it.

I can relate to this book and laugh out loud again and again

 on 17 July 2013
By Malcolm N. Baldwin
Wonderful read! I’m approaching sixty and been a mountain biker for the last sixteen. Just bought my first road bike since about 1982 and now loving getting out without getting muddy. I can relate to so much of what is written in this book. The chapter about the Dunwich Dynamo touched me greatly – I rode the Dynamo in 2006 very shortly after my father died and the whole experience of the Dynamo was very cathartic ! Everybody should do it – you will never forget the line of red lights stretching out into the distance in the middle of a summer night.

A book to remind the reader why they love cycling

 on 3 October 2014
By simon r bromfield
I enjoyed this book immensely a wonderful journey of cycling experiences through Dave’s eyes.His disarming modesty and charming self deprecation endear the reader, although once read you will understand Dave is pretty damn good on a bike. The book is written as a series of short stories and is quite easy to refer back to time and time again. I now know of the Dunwich Dynamo a wonderful annual unorganised event where anyone can just turn up join the fun and ride. London Fields is the setting for the start,there is no race or any official time keeping.Participants just pedal through the mid summers night to reach Dunwich on the Suffolk coast a very English experience indeed.Enjoy reading that and I’m sure if your’e like me you’ll be marking up July for next years event. Dave has a wonderful tone and expression with words and on a few occasions I was literally laughing out loud…I lie not…’No lights and a grey triangle’ being one such tale. I recommend this book for anyone with a passion for cycling there will be a story or two all can relate too.

From start to end a winner!

 on 29 September 2012
By Corky
It was because of the great reviews this book has already enjoyed that I bought it. I read it in a few sittings and found it engaging, well-written and informative. Dave clearly is about three fields ahead of me when it comes to fitness, but that just provided an extra dimension of entertainment. I have shared some of his joys regarding buying bikes and stuff, and could clearly relate many aspects as the book is very entertaining, honest and witty to boot. Obviously niche, but he does cover lots of aspects of cycling from mountain biking, road racing and my favourite bit, the Land’s End to John O’ Groats. All in all well worth the five stars.

That’s me?

 on 20 October 2012
By Dr John S Maxwell
Compelling and compulsive reading. Thank goodness I am not alone, I seem to share many of the issues about which the author so delightfully writes. A must read for those who want to understand their significant others desire to wear tight Lycra clothes and be on far too friendly terms with their local Bicycle shop as well the online suppliers, many of whom litter my in-mail on a daily basis with more must haves and thus further attacking our wallet. A great book for those who want to travel on two wheels with a soul mate through various adventure,most of which I have sought to avoid but now must accept these subliminal challenges. Very well done and a most delightful writing style.
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