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Cycling collections

We have rich resources relating to all aspects of cycling. The Library is particularly strong in printed books, periodicals, and newspapers covering the history of the bicycle and cycling, guides to cycling as a sport, maintenance manuals, and books by and about individual riders, races and disciplines. These can be located in the Library's Integrated Catalogue.

1880 advertisement for Olympic Cycles
Advertisement for Olympic Cycles, 1880. Shelfmark Evan. 6148

Select bibliography

1993. A bibliography of cycling books. Birmingham: National Cycle Archive.
shelfmark 2725.g.1680

Hewitt, B. 2005. Bicycling magazine's 1000 all-time top tips for cyclists. Emmaus, Pa.: Rodale.
shelfmark YK.2006.a.14702

Milson, F. 2007. The Bike book: complete bicycle maintenance. Sparkford: Haynes.
shelfmark YK.2008.b.6875

Roberts, T. 2005. Cycling: an introduction to the sport. London: New Holland.
shelfmark YK.2005.b.2001

Theohari, G. 2007. The Cyclist's companion. London: Think Publishing.
shelfmark YK.2008.a.23669

Other cycling collections in the Library

British Library Newspapers

In addition to daily and weekly newspapers which report on cycling and cycling races, the Newspaper Collections include cycling specific newspapers such as The Bicycling Times and Tricycling Record and Cycling Weekly.

Sound Archive

The Sound Archive has a number of recordings in its oral history collections recounting personal experiences of cycling. Recordings can be located in the Sound Archive catalogue using subject terms "cycling" or "bicycles".

Web Archive

Cycling related websites have been archived by the Library as part of its Web Collections. The archive can be accessed online at the UK Web Archive. We encourage suggestions for UK websites to include in our collection.

Other collections and links

Bicycle Association

British Cycling

Cycling England

Cycling Ireland

Cycling Scotland

Cyclists' Touring Club (CTC)

National Cycle Collection


University of Warwick Cycling History Sources