From the first time his feet turned the pedals of his tricycle as a child, Phil Latz was hooked. His racing career started at the age of ten and included four state championships. He also competed internationally in America and Europe.
His involvement in road riding continued when in 1989 he went on to create and publish Australia’s premier cycling magazine Bicycling Australia.
But cycling isn’t just about racing for Phil. He’s a firm believer that bicycles hold the power to bring social change and freedom from poverty. He recently joined me in the studio for my radio program on 98five to talk about two wheels as a way to bring about meaningful change for more than just those who enjoy cycling. You can hear our chat by clicking the play button on the audio player at the bottom of this post.
Phil has recently written and published a book titled How to Ride. It’s a great read for those who want the basics of how to begin cycling.
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How to Ride starts with advice on basic bicycle terminology, and which type of bicycle is best for each person and use.
Then it moves onto enlighten readers about safe cycling skills and habits. There are also chapters specifically dedicated to cycling for women, cycling with children, how to safely transport bikes in your car, basic maintenance, and more.
How to Ride is definitely not a book for the elite or for hard core racing cyclists, although there is a chapter briefly demystifying the various forms of cycle sport by answering questions such as how the placings of the Tour de France are determined and why those strange track cyclists play cat and mouse at the Olympics.
How to Ride is lavishly illustrated in full colour throughout. There are dozens of photos showing every conceivable type of bicycle and accessory, plus a several series of ‘how to’ photos to demonstrate safe cycling and other basic skills.
How to Ride is written by Phil Latz, who with over 40 years of cycling experience, industry insight and pure unrelenting dedication is the perfect companion to help you start your cycling journey.