Pass the Bike Test (and be a great rider too!), by Sean Hayes & Rupert Paul, £12.99
Miles covered/time: Three evenings
What’s good: The secret burden of every biker is the suspicion they’re not quite as good as their bike or the conditions should allow them to be. Not quite as fast, calm, consistent and death-proof as they make out. This practical, insightful, unpatronising guide (by two proper fast, flawlessly good riders), is the remedy.
Whether you’re 17 and want to know about learning to ride, or 44 and want to get better instead of just older every year, this book is your best friend. On page 183 it says: ‘Perfecting this skill is one of the most rewarding eureka moments you will get on a bike. If all riders could do it, it might save hundreds of lives a year.’ Well swap ‘Perfecting this skill’ for ‘Reading this book’ and that’s my review summed up.
What’s not: It’s not free with the test