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Obsessive Compulsive Cycling Disorder | [Dave Barter]

Obsessive Compulsive Cycling Disorder

Obsessive Compulsive Cycling Disorder is an anthology of 30 articles written by an amateur cyclist over a period of 10 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.
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Obsessive Compulsive Cycling Disorder is an anthology of 30 articles written by an amateur cyclist over a period of 10 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 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. The listener 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.

©2012 Dave Barter (P)2012 Dave Barter

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    Maciej Kraków, Poland 12-24-12
    Maciej Kraków, Poland 12-24-12
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    "Great one!"
    What made the experience of listening to Obsessive Compulsive Cycling Disorder the most enjoyable?

    Outstanding voice of lector


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Obsessive Compulsive Cycling Disorder?

    There are so many... :)


    What does Simon Whistler bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    There is no "just read the book". This book is great :) And lector - he brought a quite new experience - as the book is very funny, than it's really very easy to spoil the reading if wrong lector is chosen. And Simon Whistler is just great!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes - the ending. It came so fast...


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sparkly SF, CA, United States 08-15-13
    Sparkly SF, CA, United States 08-15-13

    interested in history, science, and pulp fiction

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    "Adventures of a Serial Amateur"

    Personal essays, mostly essay-length, about the author's travails as a late blooming cycling fanatic. These 'inner voice' stories are quite humorous, especially the author's ping-ponging between hubris and humiliation at the club rides. My favorite sections were the introduction, when the author makes the life-changing decision to get fit during an awkward elevator incident, and his ride of The Étape in France, a cyclo-sportive event in which amateurs may ride a Tour de France stage on the rest day during the 'real' Tour. In the essayist tradition, the best stories emerge when things go wrong, and the author has plenty of things go wrong. My one criticism - occasionally attitude gets the better of the author. For example, he makes a point to single out and mock fellow cycling essayist Elden, of Fat Cyclist blog. Why do that? The two are cut from the same chamois, so to speak, and Elden is a much beloved figure in cycling blogs. Still, this was great to listen to while trapped in the carpool wishing I were cycling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Loren Bethesda, MD, United States 03-10-13
    Loren Bethesda, MD, United States 03-10-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Entertaining accounts of all types of cycling"

    These are the collected stories of Dave Barter, an avid cyclist from the UK and read by another Brit. He started his cycling on a mountain bike and then branched out into road, cyclocross, touring, single speed, virtual commuting, and various other combinations. Obviously a pretty good amateur cyclist, he writes in a self deprecating manner that mostly seems truthful, particularly as it comes to his tendency to poorly prepare, or face an awful lot of pretty lousy weather. Of course, cycling almost year round in the UK, and also doing some lengthy tours, I guess there is no way to avoid some nasty weather.

    As to whether others will enjoy this book, I should admit that I listened to 100% of this book while on my bike, either on my commute to/from work or on a weekend ride. And I also got back into riding on a mountain bike and have also gone to some of the places he visited, even though he rarely mentions his trips to places like Moab (the reader pronounces it Mobe) except a story about being stuck in Denver while trying to get out there for some riding. This actually gives a picture of the book, in that many of the stories involve humorous stories about trying to get to the ride or get the bike in shape, etc. I can't say it was a laugh-out-loud book, but there were many time when you could relate to the situations he describes.

    He did some impressive rides, and clearly had some years when he trained hard for particular events, with a particular focus on riding up hills. So if you are a cyclist, there are some inspiring stories, particularly given that he covers so many different types of riding in places that most riders will never get a chance to visit. Hats off to his wife Helen as she has an unusual amount of patience, as cycling obviously took over his life--the title is pretty accurate.

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  • MR
    stafford, United Kingdom
    8/28/12
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    "A must for all cyclists."

    If you cycle at any level you surly cant fail to relate to some if not all of the storys in this book. In essence its a collection of short story's written as blogs or magazine articles the author Dave, he has collated these story's and presented them in a flowing narrative that brings you into his obsessive world of cycling, Dave has in his self-deprecating way has produced a superb book which translates into audio perfectly as a very funny listen, its well narrated by Simon together they transport you to epic and sometimes grueling world of road sportive s, local and distant mountain bike rides, The Alps, the lakes, E2E to all-night rides, Singlespeeds, punchers and into the lives of the friends he meets on the way . I was going for a ride anyway but if I wasn't It would have inspired me to get out there!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Alex Tucker
    Donabate, Co. Dublin Ireland
    4/26/13
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    "Brilliant!"

    This is a superb book, written by the guy that lives next door. Dave is a very funny man and one you would love to have a pint with after a cycle through the mud. Everything he writes you will relate to, from buying too many bikes (he has 9!), buying every shiny new thing for cycling that CRC comes up with to the roadie vrs mountie battle and the hook that gets you when you get on your bike and trash out the miles. If you have a mountain bike, a super lite carbon race bike or some old banger that you trash around the forest in then you will love this book. Very well read too with a real belief that it is Daves voice without the speed and accent. If he ever comes to Ireland I'd love to take him to our forests and show him the colour of our mud (no ... not like that you perverts!)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • H13
    9/29/14
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    "Brilliant"
    What did you like most about Obsessive Compulsive Cycling Disorder?

    I listen to this book a lot. No matter how many times I hear the story, it still makes me laugh. Its an easy audio to listen too but it so reminds me of my own journey in cycling.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Phil
    Paisley, United Kingdom
    2/27/14
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    "Thoroughly good listen"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Obsessive Compulsive Cycling Disorder to be better than the print version?

    I prefer an audio book so I can listen as I drive.


    What did you like best about this story?

    many good and varied stories, often told with humour and a real understanding of what its like to be a cyclist of any discapline


    Have you listened to any of Simon Whistler’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Takes a bit of getting used to. Sounds a bit like Julien Clarey!


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed out load a few times and I really connected with some of the sories and was facilnated by the ones featuring discaplines I haven't done


    Any additional comments?

    Very, very enjoyable listen, highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • O'
    London, United Kingdom
    2/26/14
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    "Will make you want to get on your bike and ride!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Obsessive Compulsive Cycling Disorder to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version yet but will do soon.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the authors sheer devotion to cycling. His knowledge and devotion affected me greatly. I was toying around with the idea of commuting and after finishing the book I got the bike and have only missed 2 days cycling in 2 months now.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Obsessive Compulsive Cycling Disorder: Cycling as it should be.


    Any additional comments?

    I just love this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    wickford, United Kingdom
    1/3/14
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    "A difficult listen"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I found this a difficult listen, mostly down to the narration.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Different narrator.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Simon Whistler’s performances?

    No


    Could you see Obsessive Compulsive Cycling Disorder being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    Potentially but haven't given it too much thought


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Haydn
    Tewkesbury, United Kingdom
    12/28/13
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    "Engaging and well worth the listen"
    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The story of daves injured friend is memorable as was his ride over the ridge in wiltshire


    Any additional comments?

    You need to get into the flow of the book and past the first foundation chapters but the stories resonate and have stayed with me since listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
    Stoke on trent, United Kingdom
    9/25/13
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    "Irritating narrator. Struggled to finish."
    Would you try another book written by Dave Barter or narrated by Simon Whistler?

    Not Simon Whistler


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dave Barter again?

    Yes


    Did Simon Whistler do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

    No. Too camp and snooty


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Just the subject matter


    Any additional comments?

    A good book spoiled by a terrible narrator who belongs on the History channel

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gary
    Ecton, United Kingdom
    5/8/13
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    "Waist of a credit"

    Oh what an awful audio book. full of cliches and read by someone who sounds like Julian Clary.The whole thing sounds like it was done on the cheap and recorded in the toilet..! I stopped listening after a few chapters and deleted this poor book from my list.

    Save your money...!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • DENIS
    dublin, Ireland
    4/13/13
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    "An interesting book"

    This is an interesting book, but it's about an amateur rider with a passion for cycling and an additional for the latest it thing for cycling, Interesting from the point it gives an insight into one man's passion gone over board. I guess there are worst things to be addicted to, but it seems to be quite expensive for this individual

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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