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    Obsessive Compulsive Cycling Disorder is an anthology of 30 articles written by an amateur cyclist over a period of 10 years. The collection exhibits the madness that engulfs those who descend into cycling obsession, celebrating the average cyclist living in a world defined by the pros. The writings range from fanciful musings concerning the Tao of singlespeeding to lengthy descriptions of end-to-end rides in Britain and Ireland. Mountain biking, road cycling and all sorts of other cycling events are chronicled along the way. Each is written in a lighthearted style designed to bring the reader into the author's world which is often littered with incident and humour. The listener will find a loose ticklist of events to ride, bikes to own and challenges to take on, each described in the author's own inimitable style.

    ©2012 Dave Barter (P)2012 Dave Barter

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    • Sparkly
    • 15/08/2013

    Adventures of a Serial Amateur

    Personal stories, mostly essay-length, about the author's travails as a late blooming cycling fanatic. These 'inner voice' stories are quite humorous, especially the author's ping-ponging between hubris and humiliation at the club rides. My favorite sections were the introduction, when the author makes the life-changing decision to get fit during an awkward elevator incident, and his ride of The Étape in France, a cyclo-sportive event in which amateurs may ride a Tour de France stage on the rest day during the 'real' Tour. In the essayist tradition, the best stories emerge when things go wrong, and the author has plenty of things go wrong. My one criticism - occasionally attitude gets the better of the author. For example, he makes a point to single out and mock fellow cycling essayist Elden, of Fat Cyclist blog. Why do that? The two are cut from the same chamois, so to speak, and Elden is a much beloved figure in cycling blogs. Still, this was great to listen to while trapped in the carpool wishing I were cycling.

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    • Maciej
    • 24/12/2012

    Great one!

    What made the experience of listening to Obsessive Compulsive Cycling Disorder the most enjoyable?

    Outstanding voice of lector

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Obsessive Compulsive Cycling Disorder?

    There are so many... :)

    What does Simon Whistler bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    There is no "just read the book". This book is great :) And lector - he brought a quite new experience - as the book is very funny, than it's really very easy to spoil the reading if wrong lector is chosen. And Simon Whistler is just great!

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes - the ending. It came so fast...

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    • Guninstructor
    • 25/04/2019

    very entertaining for cyclists by a cyclist

    great job Dave. You mastered expeessing what goes through a cyclists mind during rides in a humorous and enjoyable series of stories. great read.....or listen.

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    • ChargingDC
    • 17/08/2017

    A fun listen for any cyclist

    Although I love cycling (perhaps to the point of obsession) I do NOT love most cycling books. In fact, most are just boring and written from an elitist perspective. This one is different. The author offers a fresh perspective, complete with his infectious humor and self deprecating way. It was a very refreshing read and a must for anyone who loves cycling as much as I do.

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    • Tomboysuze
    • 10/09/2016

    Performance was odd

    I like the writing by Dave Barter, but Simon Whistler's performance was irritating. It sounds like he was on some sort of tranquilizer and made the book unpleasant to listen to. Very flat, boring reading that sounded as if he was sleep-talking. I didn't expect a lot of drama, but some pleasant pacing and inflection is a must. This performance was not my cup of tea.

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    • Gary
    • 11/08/2016

    Light Hearted and Engaging

    Dave Barter compiles 30 articles from his cycling authorship that take the reader on light hearted journeys that are sure to leave you with a smile. From duplicating legendary stages of Le Tour de France to completing 2 attempts of Britain's most famous ride known as "The End to Ender" from Land's End to John O'Groat's. An avid mountain biker as well, Dave takes you on epic rides through Moab, Utah to the everyday experience of carving singletrack in Wilkshire. His seemingly endless supply of British wit and dry humor, coupled with his relatability to almost any average joe, make for a read almost any that have ever felt wind through hair while on two wheels sure to enjoy.

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    • Darren
    • 28/04/2016

    Cyclist Addicts Unite!

    Great format, loved the short stories. Written by a true cyclist, so many things I could relate to.

    Chapeau!

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    • Jeffrey Wright
    • 07/03/2016

    If you're truly a cyclist you'll love this!

    A brilliant effort capturing the thoughts and adventures of a passionate cyclist. The narration was excellent and the content was truly entertaining.

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    • ketil vestby
    • 23/02/2015

    Great story, told almost perfectly

    This book made me enjoy Audible books immensly - I dont know how many times I have re-listened it but its many..

    I simply love all of it, from the main characters modest start to the finish..

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    • Loren
    • 10/03/2013

    Entertaining accounts of all types of cycling

    These are the collected stories of Dave Barter, an avid cyclist from the UK and read by another Brit. He started his cycling on a mountain bike and then branched out into road, cyclocross, touring, single speed, virtual commuting, and various other combinations. Obviously a pretty good amateur cyclist, he writes in a self deprecating manner that mostly seems truthful, particularly as it comes to his tendency to poorly prepare, or face an awful lot of pretty lousy weather. Of course, cycling almost year round in the UK, and also doing some lengthy tours, I guess there is no way to avoid some nasty weather.

    As to whether others will enjoy this book, I should admit that I listened to 100% of this book while on my bike, either on my commute to/from work or on a weekend ride. And I also got back into riding on a mountain bike and have also gone to some of the places he visited, even though he rarely mentions his trips to places like Moab (the reader pronounces it Mobe) except a story about being stuck in Denver while trying to get out there for some riding. This actually gives a picture of the book, in that many of the stories involve humorous stories about trying to get to the ride or get the bike in shape, etc. I can't say it was a laugh-out-loud book, but there were many time when you could relate to the situations he describes.

    He did some impressive rides, and clearly had some years when he trained hard for particular events, with a particular focus on riding up hills. So if you are a cyclist, there are some inspiring stories, particularly given that he covers so many different types of riding in places that most riders will never get a chance to visit. Hats off to his wife Helen as she has an unusual amount of patience, as cycling obviously took over his life--the title is pretty accurate.

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    • Dr. Frank Arnold
    • 02/07/2018

    Great Book - well written and funny!

    As a cyclists, you'll love that book. Well written, funny and the narrator does a great job.