There are so many books out there about cycling and cycling related issues we’ve decided to curate a list in which we think you’ll be interested. Please let us know if you have come across any good books you think we should add.

Wheel Easy members Gia and Malcolm Margolis strongly recommend all of the Bike Rides series by local author, David Mitchell.

“They are great handy books, well written, with lost of local history, facts and figures.

David Mitchell has just produced the latest in his series of books of cycle rides in our area. The latest is ‘Bike Rides in the Yorkshire Dales’. The books are well written, lots of history and local facts and figures, great pictures. All the routes can be downloaded. It would be great to support our local author for his work.”

‘Global Cycling Network (GCN) presents Essential Road Bike Maintenance: 260-pages packed full with all you need to know to fix your bike.’

With over 71 step-by-step walkthroughs and 64 free companion videos across every aspect of bike maintenance this is a a great reference manual and guide for those of us who do, or want to do, our own maintenance with clear step-by-step guides and associated videos.


Jack Thurston’s ‘Lost Lanes’ is the best-selling series of guides to some of the most beautiful bike rides in Britain. The first book was all about rides within easy striking distance of London: day rides and longer weekends away. The second Lost Lanes is about Wales and the English border counties of Cheshire, Shropshire and Herefordshire. The third Lost Lanes is about the West Country: Wiltshire, Dorset, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall and features day rides and longer multi-day touring routes. Lost Lanes North came out in May 2020 followed by Lost Lanes Central in 2021

Yorkshire features prominently in the Lost Lanes North guide and offers some potentially excellent Awayday rides. Each ride has an excellent description of the tour, a hand-drawn map and a link to a downloadable gps file.

Written by Mark Beaumont, the fastest person to ever ride around the world (in less than 80 days!), and Laura Penhaul, his performance manager and highly respected elite sports physiotherapist, this is a great read. It covers so many aspects of cycling with useful tips and advice for those of us with slightly less lofty goals.

‘Covering everything from psychology, planning, bike set-up, equipment, training and nutrition and much, much more, Endurance will help inspire, empower and equip you to realise your riding dreams one simple pedal stroke at a time.’

“Coffee First” is the inspiring story of Jenny Graham’s record-breaking cycle around the World. Over the course of 18,000 miles, ridden alone and with no support crew in 2018, she smashed the previous Guinness World Record by nearly three weeks finishing in 124 days 11 hours.

Jenny comments about writing the book: “Of course, writing a book, and riding a bike, are two very different skill sets… It took me four times longer to write about the world than to ride it, but in Spring 2023 I will be a published author as Coffee First, Then the World: One woman’s record-breaking pedal around the Planet, hits the bookshelves… and no one is more surprised than me!