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BY AUTHOR Leslie Reissner


Sunday February 12, 2017
Italian book “Bicycles: Past, Present and Future” by Roberto Gurian, with graphic design by Maria Cucchi, has been translated by Robert Bethel into English, but marvelous bike photos speak in all languages. PEZ literary editor, Leslie Reissner, gives us his thoughts on this wonderful bike book.
Sunday February 5, 2017
We've had the good fortune to review books about do-it-yourself tours, cycling history, great races and impressive mountains but it's seldom that all of this can be packaged into such an attractive offering. “Ultimate Étapes” is subtitled “Ride Europe's Greatest Cycling Stages” and it delivers much on this promise.
Sunday January 8, 2017
Greg LeMond: Yellow Jersey Racer by Guy Andrews
Book Review: Greg LeMond is America's most successful cyclist, ignoring the dubious results of Mr. Armstrong, and he is also held in high regard through-out the World of cycling. Leslie Reissner takes a look at a new book by Guy Andrews on the career of the multi-champion, LeMond. From a young boy dreaming of his future, to a rider who revolutionized many aspects of the sport. Greg LeMond - Yellow Jersey Racer.
Sunday December 4, 2016
The euphemism “to kick the bucket” for dying dates back to around 1785 but the “Bucket List” is a term of more recent derivation, seeming to have been coined with the release of the 2006 movie of the same name. The Cyclist's Bucket List by Ian Dille is a book that shows us just how deep that bucket might be and how varied its contents when it comes to the passionate pastime of cycling.
Sunday November 13, 2016
Noted cycling enthusiast Henry Ford once stated: “Whether you think you can or you think you can't—you're right.” Bicycling late into his life, the industrialist/folk hero was aware of the importance of the human mind and positive thinking.
Friday November 11, 2016
November 11 marks the end of World War I, the “War To End All Wars,” as it turned out to be inaccurately described. Throughout the world ceremonies will take place to note the end of that conflict 98 years ago, but also to remember those who died in other wars, both those serving their countries and civilians who lost their lives or suffered through the trauma.
Monday November 7, 2016
Interview: We would all love to be riding the World's high mountains, fitness aside, but to be able to do it as your job is a dream too far. Mike Cotty is the man with the perfect gig, but it didn't happen overnight. PEZ literary editor, Leslie Reissner, managed to trap Mike for a few words on his upward trajectory, on the bike and his career.
Wednesday September 7, 2016
Cycling has seen tremendous growth in the last decade, whether through an appreciation of fitness, or making cities more liveable, or by new technologies including carbon fibre, disc brakes, and electronic shifting at ever-lower price points, and through interesting and exciting new events.
Sunday March 13, 2016
After his attack on the Tour of Sufferlandria, Leslie Reissner has turned back to his more normal position on the PEZ staff as our culture editor to review a great book of paintings from the World championships in Richmond by Greig Leach.
Wednesday March 2, 2016
Running involves shorts, shoes, a shirt and some open space; the pastime of cycling requires special weird equipment and, preferably, smooth roads with limited traffic, interesting contours and easy access to an espresso bar. Good weather is nice too but now in the Northern Hemisphere ice and snow and biting winds are omnipresent factors. And so indoor rollers were invented, then trainers, then boredom...and, lo, our needs begat a mighty range of videos.
Sunday February 21, 2016
The PEZ literary editor, Leslie Reissner, has taken the week off from reading cycling related books and hitched his huskies to the sledge and managed through blizzard conditions to visit the Montreal Bicycle Show, the Salon du Velo. The Montreal show has a varied selection of exhibiters as Leslie found out.
Sunday February 7, 2016
Book Review: This kind of bicycle collection is different from other transportation museums and its personal quirkiness is deeply attractive because the history of the bicycle itself is nothing if not quirky. And the machines that are so beautifully featured in “Bicycling Through Time: The Farren Collection” must rank amongst the most illustrative specimens of that history.
Sunday January 24, 2016
Book Review: All new inventions are a product of evolution, with many missteps and dead-ends before reaching acceptable levels of practicality, affordability and aesthetics. Nowhere is this more obvious that in “Bicycle Design,” a remarkable cabinet of curiosities from the MIT Press.
Sunday January 10, 2016
It is undoubtedly one of the great joys of cycling to admire the passing landscape, whether discovering unknown byways, observing the Tour de France on television or noting the change of season on your commute. A recent scholarly book from the MIT Press is the result of a great deal of digging in the archives to produce a picture of a cyclists' world far different from ours yet we face many of the same issues today.
Sunday December 20, 2015
Book Review: The phenomena that is the bicycle quickly spread around the world as the first practical machines appeared in the 19th Century and from its origins in Europe moved quickly first to the United States and then to the frontiers of civilization.
Sunday December 6, 2015
Book Review: Some say “to travel is better than to arrive” but planning the trip can be more fun than anything else. Mapping le Tour by Ellis Bacon maps the journey taken from the first Tour to 2014 when the French race hit the roads of Yorkshire.
Sunday November 1, 2015
Book Review: Imagine finding an old shoebox filled with bike racing photos from a time long since past. Welcome to the world of “Shoulder to Shoulder,” the latest dive into the Horton Collection.
Sunday July 26, 2015
Book Review: The best books of all are about great climbs, the roads that hurt so much while providing unforgettable vistas and a sense of accomplishment. Into this category falls an unusual new book by Hank Barlow entitled “Switchbacks,” with a hopeful indication of Vol. 1.
Sunday June 21, 2015
Leslie Reissner, knows the bonk first hand, so who better to run his eye over “Feed Zone Portables” by Dr. Allen Lim and Chef Biju Thomas. This specialist cookbook is packed full of recipes for food to be eaten during activity and explains the science behind eating when training and competing.
Sunday May 3, 2015
Book Review: For those of us who love the Giro d’Italia, the final day always come too soon and then the Tour comes and pink is replaced by yellow. Thanks to “Maglia Rosa: Triumph and Tragedy at the Giro d’Italia” by British author/Italian resident Herbie Sykes we have an English-language history of the Giro d’Italia.