Out now: The Bluffer's Guide to Cycling


Rob Ainsley writes the ultimate guide to life on two wheels.

'Funnier than anything Lance Armstrong ever wrote. And certainly much truer.'

 - Jack Thurston, Presenter, THE BIKE SHOW

Never again confuse a MAMIL with a MTBER, a fixie with a folder, or a Boris bike with a 'bonk'. Bask in the admiration of your fellow bike enthusiasts as you pronounce confidently on the difference between a hobbyhorse and a draisienne, and know exactly what position to take on the contentious issue of whether cyclists should be obliged to pay road tax .

The guide coaches readers on how to become all-round bike bluffers, with tips on how to hint at a rich cycling past. There are also chapters covering what to say when invited to ride (in order to keep dazzling reputations intact), notable pedallers and the statistics you’ll need to out-bluff even the most knowledgeable cyclists.

A 5-million-copy bestselling series,   The Bluffer's Guides®   have been helping people out of sticky situations for over four decades. Now relaunched, they're back – and not just in paperback. E-books are available from all major online bookstores. Bluffer's mission is to eradicate social embarrassment from this world, and (with the help of their witty experts) they're well on their way to doing just that.

The Sunday Telegraph  described the original series as containing 'an amazing amount of solid fact disguised as frivolous observation' and  Daily Mail  hailed the guides as providing a 'means to apparent instant erudition without actually having to know or study anything.'

The latest release from Bluffer’s is Rob Ainsley 's Bluffer's Guide to Cycling.

' Weighs about the same as a top-end road bike, but is a much cheaper and easier way of convincing people you’re a cycling expert.

 - Tass Whitby, CYCLING PLUS

Rob grew up in Hull, which Philip Larkin described as 'nice and flat for cycling – that's about the best I can say'. He studied maths at Oxford, which might explain why he calls himself an A-to-B cyclist. Taking Norman Tebbit's advice of the time, he got on his bike and looked for work, but found he liked cycling more than work. He has cycled all over the UK and more than 30 other countries, and can shout at taxi drivers in four languages. He is a regular contributor to Cycle (CTC magazine) and Cycling Plus, wrote the guidebook 50 Quirky Bike Rides (Eye Books), and is a cycling blogger ( www.realcycling.co.uk ) and Twitterer (@realcycling). Rob lives in 'cycling city' York, whose facilities clearly delight his Dutch friends. They can’t stop laughing at them.

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Review copies available on request.

E-book available for Kindle and iPad at Amazon.co.uk and iBookstore (RRP £4.99). Print edition now available at Waterstones and other retailers (RRP £6.99).

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A 5-million-copy bestselling series, The Bluffer’s Guides® have been helping people out of sticky situations for over four decades. Now relaunched, they’re back – and not just in paperback. The Bluffer's brand now encompasses a website (publishing mini Bluffer's Guides as editorial features), an app, and a weekly newsletter. Bluffer’s mission is to eradicate social embarrassment from this world, and (with the help of their witty experts) they’re well on their way to doing just that.

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Never again confuse a MAMIL with a MTBER, a fixie with a folder, or a Boris bike with a 'bonk'.
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Cycling is a beautifully simple activity that enthusiasts love to overcomplicate. Rob Ainsley redresses the balance.
Dan Joyce, Editor, CYCLE (CTC magazine)
When I began cycling in the ’70s the only book on the subject was Richard’s Bicycle Book which had a large section on the best way to kill dogs who impeded your progress. This book is lacking that, but in all other respects it is a very funny and useful guide to the world of cycling.
Alexei Sayle, actor, comedian and author
Funnier than anything Lance Armstrong ever wrote. And certainly much truer.
Jack Thurston, Presenter, THE BIKE SHOW
Weighs about the same as a top-end road bike, but is a much cheaper and easier way of convincing people you’re a cycling expert.
Tass Whitby, CYCLING PLUS