Free Cycling eBook Promo is Going Great!

25 08 2012

Yesterday was quite a day, what with the Great Kindle eBook Experiment under way.

This is the first time we’ve tried this and the numbers are gratifying. The book, Rediscover Your Joy with Bicycles and Cycling, went from a ranking of #4375 yesterday morning, to #691 this morning – that is out of more than 50,000 free Kindle eBooks at Amazon! And, we remain #1 in the Cycling category.

For an obscure little cycling book, in such a specialized category, by an unkown author – ME – that sounds pretty good. Don’t you agree?

To the more than 300 folks who’ve downloaded our little book – Thank You. We very much appreciate your interest. If you would be so kind, after you’ve read the book, please return to the Kindle store and write a review.We live for feedback.

Here is a little taste of the book…

5 Tips for Buying the Perfect Bicycle

Riding a bike is a great way to spend time with family or friends, or to get to work, or run errands, while at the same time getting some great exercise. Why doesn’t everyone ride a bicycle nowadays? For one, they are intimidated when it comes time to buy a bicycle. Here are five helpful tips for choosing the perfect bike for you.

Where will you be riding your bike? This question gets the ball rolling. There are bike shops, fitness stores and department stores all carrying bikes, but just a few main types of bikes: mountain bikes, road bikes, hybrid bikes, and cruiser bikes. How often you will ride and the route you choose determines the best type of bicycle for you.

How tall are you? This factor is important because a short person doesn’t want to have a bike that will cause them to hit the crossbar, or top tube, every time they try to stop the bike. A bike that is the wrong size for you can mean cramped legs and sore knees or stretched muscles. For the answer to this question, you’ll actually have to sit on a bike, or at least stand over one, to check for clearance.

Ride a bike. Don’t let the first bike you ride be the one you purchase from the store. Try different models and types or, ask a bike riding friend to borrow their bike to “test drive,” in advance. Most bike shops will also rent you a bike. Try a couple of different types, if you like, to see how they handle and feel.

Buy the best bike you can afford the first time. In a recession especially, people have the tendency to stay on the cheap side. However, there are some things that don’t pair well with “cheap.” A bike and a car fall into that category. You will be riding this bike alone or perhaps with a carrier for your child. You want to know that you can depend on your bike to keep you safe while you ride. You don’t have to spend a thousand bucks to get a good bike, but try to get all the features you need for the best possible price. However, as with most things, you get what you pay for when you buy a bike.

Visit a bike shop for advice. When you want to know something you go to the experts. Those who sell bikes for a living know about bikes. Go to your local bike shop (LBS) first to get sized for a bike, to learn the type of bike you need, and find out all the nuances of bike riding. You might decide not to buy a bike from a specialty shop because of the price, but you will now be armed with the knowledge to choose a bike from another source without feeling as if you’ve been “taken for a ride.”

 There is more to cycling than just riding a bike. That’s the easy part. Choose your bike wisely to get the greatest value and enjoyment for your money.”


FREE eBook on Bicycles and Cycling this Weekend! from Mile-Hi Cycle Guy

23 08 2012

As a way to celebrate the Big Bicycle Race in Colorado this week, the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, I have decided to offer the new Kindle version of my cycling eBook for FREE.

The book may be downloaded, free of charge, for the final weekend of the race, beginning Friday, August 24th through Sunday, August 26th. You could really help me kick off this promotion for the book if you could tell as many people as possible about this free download. Here is the link to the FREE Kindle Download: Rediscover Your Joy with Bicycles and Cycling.

The book is a great way to help your friends and family get started or return to cycling, with everything you, or they, need to know to begin riding and enjoying a bike. Learn what, and how, to ride with joy today.

As children, the ability to experience joy was a constant in our lives. As adults, we tend to lose this sense of joy. Cycling renews this ability, allowing a sense of freedom and joy unlike virtually any other activity available to us in today’s high-tech, high stress world.

The almost childish rush of freedom and pleasure which is inherent to cycling makes it easy to enjoy, and continue enjoying, regardless of whether we ride simply for pleasure, or for a purpose; such as, commuting to work, running errands, exercise, racing or for any other reason. Exercise with a purpose can be one of the most rewarding motivations for regular riding. Cycling to work while burning excess calories, for instance, is its own reward.

Here are a few reviews from others who’ve already sampled the book:

“Good information.  Lots of good information, covers a wide range of topics. Just what I was looking for to help me get back into the sport.” – by Darryl, Colorado

“Not just a fluff piece about riding bicycles. What I liked most about this book is that it isn’t just a lot of fluff and touchy-feely about riding bicycles. This includes the basic maintenance things you need to think about, as well as what clothing and accessories you should get to make your riding experience so much more enjoyable, and general rules of sharing the road with cars. I love the chapters about the health and fitness benefits and what cycling does for you. Hats off to the author for taking the time to explain what is important.” – By Andrea Kalli, Colorado

“Thorough yet brief and easy-to-read…Increased knowledge for shopping wisely; better understanding of types of bikes available; good pointers about safety and cycling-related, off-bike exercise…I recommend it whole-heartedly! This book should be read – and re-read as much as necessary, especially before shopping and buying things – by anyone who is a novice about riding, or anyone who may have interest in using a bicycle more often for a variety of purposes…It helped a great deal to see the must-haves, should-haves, and “cools” as far as what to buy and own for maximum riding enjoyment and safety, and to understand more clearly which are which.”–Martin “Tex” Maier, Houston, TX

Thanks for your help, and I will let you know how we did when the promotion is finished!


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