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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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.
Outstanding voice of lector
There are so many... :)
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!
Yes - the ending. It came so fast...
Love reading, prefferably books about mysteries, something to figure out.. Have read since I started, will stop when I do. B^)
A nice and likeable series of life from a cyclists viewpoint, brilliantly read.
Wish it was more stories like this..
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.
"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!
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!)
"A difficult listen"
I found this a difficult listen, mostly down to the narration.
Potentially but haven't given it too much thought
"Irritating narrator. Struggled to finish."
Not Simon Whistler
No. Too camp and snooty
Just the subject matter
A good book spoiled by a terrible narrator who belongs on the History channel
"The best cycling book I've read"
If like me you're a keen cyclist but don't take it as seriously as some of the more fiendish members of our tribe, then this book is for you.
I've read most of the better known titles many of you will know, Rendell, Walsh and that scoundrel Armstrong. All very good but all desperately serious.
Dave Barter regales us with tales of his two-wheeled expeditions in a brilliant, totally original style - for me something akin to a marriage of Bill Bryson (less factual) and the sort of off the cuff wit of the Inbetweeners (more anecdotal).
This would make a fantastic gift for anybody who heads off into the Irish or UK winter on a Sunday morning with only their lyrica to shield them from the elements.
I particularly liked the Malin to Mizen story and the incident with the Jack Russell and the white van.
Well played Mr. Barter. Well played indeed.
Inspirational book written in a true and honest way.I think there is a Dave in all of us trying to get out.
"A must for any cyclist"
Thoroughly enjoyable listen not least because I can relate to some of the situations and stories told here. It's written in a way that has me laughing out loud every time I listen.
As a book for cyclists I can honestly say I have not found another to match it.
Simons reading is clear and easy to listen to and the authors voice is not lost.
Yes! Listen and listen again. You won't get bored of this one.
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.
"Thoroughly good listen"
I prefer an audio book so I can listen as I drive.
many good and varied stories, often told with humour and a real understanding of what its like to be a cyclist of any discapline
Takes a bit of getting used to. Sounds a bit like Julien Clarey!
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
Very, very enjoyable listen, highly recommended.
"Will make you want to get on your bike and ride!"
I have not read the print version yet but will do soon.
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.
Obsessive Compulsive Cycling Disorder: Cycling as it should be.
I just love this book.
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