Excellent Books

Excellent Books are specialists in producing cycling guides of outstanding quality and detail with the emphasis on quality mapping and route descriptions that will let you know what to expect on your ride.

* The route guide books are handily spiral bound, so you can turn to the page you want and fold the book in half, ready for quick reference. The UK Cycle Route Planner is an open-out map. Click on the images for full details.

* High quality colour photography

* Leading reviews in the national cycling press.

* Founded and run by Richard Peace, freelance cycling journalist writing for national media, including Cycling Plus and A to B magazine. Click here for more information on Richard Peace

Brand new from Excellent Books is Richard’s guide to Northern France.

Cycling Northern France and Cycling Southern France available together at a discount price

Cycling Northern France and Cycling Southern France available together at a discount price

You can order the Northern France and Southern France guides together here:

Cycling in Northern France AND Cycling in Southern France

Or order them separately:

Cycling Northern France

Cycling in Northern France

270 page spiral bound guidebook and waterproof, folded map bundled together in a plastic folder.

Book and map describe 8 touring routes.

1:200,000 Michelin mapping plus detailed area and town maps.

Also includes touring route directions, cycle-friendly accommodation listings and places of interest.

Also detailed are an additional 100-plus greenways.

 

Brompton Bicycle guide book

Brompton and Electric Bike books available together at a discount price

Brompton and Electric Bike books available together at a discount price

Now in a fully updated 2nd edition, “Brompton Bicycle” tells the fascinating story behind one of the world’s most unusual and popular folding bikes. Sections include:

•A brief history of folding bikes, putting the Brompton in the context of previous developments.
•The story of how the Brompton came about – from a sketched idea by engineer and Brompton founder Andrew Ritchie, to a bike with major sales throughout the world today.
•Brompton specials – converting for use by children and multiple riders amongst many other uses.
•Using and maintaining a Brompton – tips on caring for and repairing your cherished machine.

Electric Bicycles book

Electric Bicycles covers all aspects of this rapidly growing form of transport and leisure riding.

Chapters on history and development, classic models, choosing and using and much, much more.

Read blog about electric bicycles here.

 

C2C Ultimate Guide 2014The Ultimate Guide to the C2C, with detailed route descriptions, maps and colour photos.

Hugely popular with C2Cers.

Features include accommodation entries cross-referenced to maps and simplified colour-coded listings plus lots of full-colour-photos in this all-colour second edition.

 

Devon Coast to Coast cycle guide

Devon Coast to Coast Guide Book

102 mile route from either Ilfracombe or Bude on the north coast of Devon to Plymouth on the south coast. Wonderful route taking in coasts, estuaries and beaches, plus The Granite Way on the flank of Dartmoor, the Plym Valley Trail and the famous Tarka Trail.

Read blog about the Devon Coast to Coast route here.

Cycling Southern France

Cycling Southern France: Loire to Mediterranean

A comprehensive guide to major leisure cycling routes south of (and including) the Loire Valley in France.

All the major traffic-free routes and signed touring routes are included with a factfile, text description of what to see along the way and, crucially, quality mapping at 1:200,000 for all the routes.

 

Trans Pennine Trail Guide Book

Trans Pennine Trail Guide Book and Ultimate UK Cycle Route Planner available together at a discount price

Trans Pennine Trail Guide Book and Ultimate UK Cycle Route Planner available together at a discount price

The Trans Pennine Trail guide book is in full colour and contains 40 suggestions for day rides and walks on and around the trail.

Accommodation listings for 350 miles of trail across the north of England, plus what to see and where to eat and loads of other useful info!

 

UK Cycle Route Planner, Excellent Books

In the Ultimate UK Cycle Route Planner, for the first time all of the UK’s signed cycle routes are brought together on one map. Using the outstanding quality and detail of Times Comprehensive Atlas mapping, route networks such as Sustrans’ National Cycle Network and the National Byway are traced.