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Please feel free to browse if you are looking for mountain biking books dvd's or computer software to enhance your cycling fun or just looking for a quick present.

History of Wales

Wales has been very remote and inaccesible for many years due to the poor condition of it's roads. Until the mid 1800's it was common for most travel from the west coast of Wales to be done via the ports on the coast rather than travel across Wales to England. Below is a selection of books which chronicle the history of the tracks of Wales or act as a guide to find the oldest remaining ones many of which remain unsurfaced and ideal for mountain bikes. click on images or links to buy securely online from

North Wales Books

The history of Roads and Trackways in Wales, from Roman to the mid 1800 turnpikes with a particular look at medieval trackways of Cardiganshire

The Roman Roads of North Wales

.. we guess it's about Roman Roads. Our history books said North Wales was the last stronghold of Romanic civilisation after the Romans left the British where was my raleigh chariot?

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Drovers Roads of Wales: essential guide by Tulson, aimed at walkers it's quite rare and with Fay Goodwin's, almost Adams like, photos is a definitive account of old roads.. the cover 'Pont Ysgethin' as it was in the 70's weep those who never saw it then. (if not available try google)
Snowdonia National Park Guide
The Official Snowdonia National Park Guide if you want to know what is really under your wheels
Walks along Ancient Trackways, Roman Roads and Packhorse Trails, compare this with your OS Explorer and you will find many of the routes described are legal rights of way for cyclistswhich you may like to know more about

Lon Las Cymru, the northern section of the Millenium National Cycling route including some off road diversions
wiggle cycle shop
Ants in your pants for some new gear.. we'll all be wiggling soon
MTB Books

Mountain Bike Books

Get more out of your ride and bike with these books on where to ride, how to maintain your bike and if you are in any doubt how to ride it! click on book covers or link to buy the book at

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North Wales Guides

North Wales MTB guide:Although difficult to find the guide to North Wales by Pete Bursnall has a good coverage of the region, published by Earnest Press of Holyhead and well respected publishers of cycling and climbing guides if you find one it will set you back about £7.50

Mountain Bike Guide Mid Wales and Borders.not so recent a guide sadly we have not seen a copy so can say little else.. nice area though

he Best Mountain Bike Trails in Snowdonia: a great layout and format, a bilingual up to date guide to places to ride in NW Wales not only featuring the great trail centres but also adding some of the best wilderness and mountain trails in the UK for the more discerning rider looking for more than funfair rides. order at Amazon

New Publication

Latest in the series is the guide to North East Wales featuring the great almost classic routes in the Clwydians used in classic events such as the Kona/Merida 100 marathon. Also the more remote uplands of Mynydd Hiraethog, North Berwyns and South Berwyns as far as Llyn Vyrnwy. These areas offer great new rides almost unexplored by most riders. Order at Amazon
BikeFax Press release for NE Wales guide
Other Guides
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The TrailRider Guide to Spain: as a fan of Spain it's hard not to rave about this book. It received great reviews on and is a good benchmark to what a ride guide should look like. Written by Bristolian James Nathan anyone cycling in Spain should get a copy for the general info such as spanish phrasebook for the bike shop. Sadly missing the Pais Vasco rides but check out Grazalema and Cazorla as an alternative to the heavily pushed riding around Grananda.

Where to Mountain Bike in Britain: 150 places to quench your thirst. Written by Nicky Crowther who has been in the UK MTB scene since the beginning , is a well respected rider and journalist and knows where the best rides are so expect a good read.

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Riding Skills
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Mountain Bike Magazine's" Complete Guide to Mountain Biking Skills: Expert Tips on Conquering Curves, Corners, Dips, Descents, Hills, Water Hazards and Other All-terrain Challenges does as it says on the cover

Mountain Bike like a champion: rather oddly titled but true, it's by Ned Overend.. as the americans say... the winningest mountain biker.. hang on that was until the euros started racing .. ever heard of frischknecht..frishi to his mates

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Mastering Mountain Bike Skills:
Detailed technical instruction for cross-country, downhill, mountain cross, free riding, dirt jumping, and urban terrain from top pro mountain biker Brian Lopes.

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Bike Maintenance
Guide to maintaining your bike.. used to be a downloadable e-Book in Adobe pdf format, load up your pda and take it on the ride with you with Adobe Acrobat eBook Reader they only seem to list a paperback version May 2005
The Ultimate Guide to Mountain Biking - Steve Geall and Rob Kitchin demonstrate how to ride at the edge

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Zinn and the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance: one of the great mechanics writing one of the best books on the subject

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Trail Building and repair

A report produced by the Lake District National Park looking at erosion of unsurfaced Upland roads by Vehicles but some of the findings may have a relevance to dealing with upland track erosion control for MTB users ( free from LDAP web site)
Repairing Upland Paths:A report from the Lake District National Park on methods to repair upland path erosion, mainly aimed at foot users but may have relevance to MTB trail management can be bought from LDAP or Amazon

On the Right Track: A handy guide on Rights of Way law from the British Horse Society, not quite up to speed on CROW Act 2000 nor as comrehensive as the Ramblers' "Blue Book' but a lot cheaper than Sweet and Maxwells Encyclopedia of Highway Law.
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Lightly on the Land -Student Conservation Association guide to trail building
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The Complete Guide to Trail Building and Maintenance: In use by the US Forest Service

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OS Explorer 264 Vale of Clwyd: Ideal for the area around Clocaenog Forest and Ruthin

OS Explorer 255 Llangollen and Berwyn Mountains: Ideal for the area from Llandegla, Llangollen, Ceiriog and Dee Valleys.

OS Explorer 265 Clwydian Range: Ideal for the Clwydian Range AONB and Ride the Clwyds dot com routes

OS Explorer 256 Wrexham: Ideal for the area from Llangollen and East of Llandegla Forest to Wrexham.
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Fugawi digital 1:50000 map of Midlands and North Wales (Sample)
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Fugawi Sky View - Wales: Getmapping aerial photos with software to support 3d viewing, GPS logs, Route planning and PDA (Sample) (Review)
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Memory-Map Aerial Photography Region 5 - North Wales and Borders Comes with Getmapping Aerial Imaging with software to support 3D, GPS logs, Route Planning and PDA (Sample)(Review)

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New Ordnance Survey Outdoor Leisure Maps for Snowdonia
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West Sheet OL17 1:25000OS Explorer OL17 West

Buy Snowdon and Conwy Valley (Explorer Maps) here

East Sheet OL17
OS Explorer OL17 East
West Sheet OL18 1:25000OS Explorer OL18West

Buy Harlech, Porthmadog and Bala (Explorer Maps) here

East Sheet OL18
OS Explorer OL18 East
West Sheet OL23 1:25000
OS Explorer OL23 West

Buy Cadair Idris and Bala Lake/Llyn Tegid (Explorer Maps) here

East Sheet OL23
OS Explorer OL23 East

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If you are looking for more general guides to Wales, it's history and environment as well as uk and european cycling or maps check out Amazon UK
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