Performance Cycling: A Scientific Way to Get the Most Out of Your Bike by Stuart Baird
This is the book to help your ride effectively, whether for speed, endurance, or enjoyment. Dealing with every aspect of cycling and the essential mechanics and physics of the bike, it provides a scientifically founded method for improving your performance--and that of the bike. Essential reading for all who aspire to success in competitive and recreational cycling. The premise of Performance Cycling is that the correctly informed cyclist can acheive a higher performance because he or she can decide intelligently what is the right action to take at any time. Unlike much of the contradictory advice propounded by self-proclaimed coaches--as well as many who actually got the jobs-- theis book is based entirely on original reseach. It shows that it's possible to actually understand and apply scientific principles that govern your performance.