Excellent Books by Richard Peace
Excellent Books are specialists in producing cycling guides of outstanding quality and detail with the emphasis on quality mapping and route descriptions that will let you know what to expect on your ride. All of the Excellent Books range have great reviews in the national cycling press.
The route guide books are handily spiral bound, so you can turn to the page you want and fold the book in half, ready for quick reference. They have high quality colour photography, with notes on where to stay and what to see and do.
The ‘UK Cycle Route Planner’ and ‘South Pennines and Peak District’ are open-out maps.
The Brompton Bicycle and Electric Bicycle books are high quality paperbacks.
An introduction to each of the publications is below, or go to the full product description by clicking the links.
Excellent Books is run by Richard Peace, a freelance cycling journalist writing for national media, including ‘Cycling Plus’ and ‘A to B’ magazine. Click here for more information on Richard Peace.
Richard Peace has also written a number of blog posts for this web site, including:
- Using the UK Cycle Route Planner
- 5 reasons the C2C is so popular
- Top Tips for a Successful Bike Tour
- Ride in the Steps of the Packhorse Trails – Perfect for E-MTBs
- Electric Bikes – Busting the Myths
The Excellent Books publications by Richard Peace are as follow:
SOUTH PENNINES AND PEAK DISTRICT OFF-ROAD CYCLE MAP
Published in June 2019, this is a map of the off-road cycle routes of the Southern Pennines and the Peak District, concentrating on routes achievable by the adventurous leisure rider.
- 14 epic circular bike rides along classic trails
- 20 family trails
- Cycle-friendly accommodation listings
Routes shown include:
- Sections of the Trans Pennine Trail
- Sections of the Pennine Bridleway
- and a 110 mile ‘Pike to Peak’ circular route
‘VELOSCENIC – Paris – Versailles – Mont-Saint-Michael by Bike’
The brand new guide to one of France’s most popular cycle routes, this is the official guide to the Veloscenic, including Paris, Versailles and Mont St Michel.
The guide books is spiral bound for ease of use on your bike.
128 pages in full colour.
Click here to order your copy of the Veloscenic guide book.
UPDATE: 3rd June 2020
Brompton Bicycle has gone out of print temporarily. A new print run is planned shortly.
If you would like to reserve a copy from the new print run, email me and I will let you know when the book is back in stock.
“Brompton Bicycle” tells the fascinating story behind one of the world’s most unusual and popular folding bikes. Sections include:
•A brief history of folding bikes, putting the Brompton in the context of previous developments.
•The story of how the Brompton came about – from a sketched idea by engineer and Brompton founder Andrew Ritchie, to a bike with major sales throughout the world today.
•Brompton specials – converting for use by children and multiple riders amongst many other uses.
•Using and maintaining a Brompton – tips on caring for and repairing your cherished machine.
•New 184 page expanded and updated 2nd edition for 2017 including new material on electric options, the factory move and titanium manufacture
THE ONLY FULL REVIEW OF THE NEW BROMPTON E-BIKE IN THE LATEST EDITION OF A TO B MAGAZINE – AVAILABLE FREE WITH EVERY BROMPTON BICYCLE BOOK ORDERED
There have been brief ‘teaser’ reviews of the new Brompton Electric but the latest A to B magazine
covers the bike in a full extended review and compares it to one of the current retrofit options already out there.
It’s the perfect companion to the Brompton Bicycle book which is now in a second (and recently updated and expanded) edition
and also has plenty of further info on other electric retrofit options.
‘THE ULTIMATE UK CYCLE ROUTE PLANNER’
In the Ultimate UK Cycle Route Planner, for the first time all of the UK’s signed cycle routes are brought together on one map.
Using the outstanding quality and detail of Times Comprehensive Atlas mapping, route networks such as Sustrans’ National Cycle Network and the National Byway are traced. This is the Third Edition of hugely popular map.
‘CYCLING SOUTHERN FRANCE’
Cycling Southern France: Loire to Mediterranean – updated 2016
A comprehensive guide to major leisure cycling routes south of (and including) the Loire Valley in France.
All the major traffic-free routes and signed touring routes are included with:
- Text description of what to see along the way
- And, crucially, quality mapping at 1:200,000 for all the routes
‘CYCLING NORTHERN FRANCE’
270 page spiral bound guidebook and waterproof, folded map bundled together in a plastic folder.
Book and map describe 8 touring routes.
1:200,000 Michelin mapping plus detailed area and town maps.
- touring route directions
- cycle-friendly accommodation listings
- places of interest
Also detailed are an additional 100-plus greenways.
You can order the Northern France and Southern France guides together here:
‘THE ULTIMATE SCOTTISH C2C GUIDE’
- 122 mile signed cycle route
- Linking Annan on the Solway Firth and South Queensferry on the Firth of Forth near Edinburgh
Mix of country lanes, high quality cycle paths and seaside promenades
- Two major climbs, over the Devils Beef Tub and through the Moorfoot Hills
- Panoramic view of the Lothians, Edinburgh Castle, and the Firth of Forth
Finishing under the Forth Bridge
- attractions along the way
- accommodation and much more.
Electric Bicycles covers all aspects of this rapidly growing form of transport and leisure riding.
- history and development of electric bikes
- classic models
- choosing and using electric bikes
- and much, much more.
‘THE ULTIMATE C2C GUIDE’
The Ultimate Guide to the C2C, with detailed route descriptions, maps and colour photos.
Hugely popular with C2Cers.
Features include accommodation entries cross-referenced to maps and simplified colour-coded listings plus lots of full-colour-photos in this all-colour second edition.
‘THE ULTIMATE DEVON COAST TO COAST GUIDE’
102 mile route from either Ilfracombe or Bude on the north coast of Devon to Plymouth on the south coast.
Wonderful route taking in coasts, estuaries and beaches, plus The Granite Way on the flank of Dartmoor, the Plym Valley Trail and the famous Tarka Trail.
‘THE ULTIMATE TRANS PENNINE TRAIL GUIDE’
Guide book to this coast to coast route with full colour maps and photos of the 350 mile long Trans Pennine Trail.
The Trans Pennine Trail runs from Southport in Lancashire to Hornsea on the North Sea coast via Liverpool, Manchester, the Pennines, Doncaster and Hull, with links to Sheffield, Chesterfield, Leeds and York.
The guide book has:
- 150 pages
- Full mapping
- Elevation charts
- Places to stay
- Where to eat
- Places of interest along the way
Click here to go to the shop for more information on The Trans Pennine Trail guide book.
OR you can pop any book or map in the basket, by clicking below.
Ultimate UK Cycle Route Planner from Excellent Books£8.95
The Ultimate Scottish C2C Guide, from Excellent Books£11.50
Devon Coast to Coast Cycle Guide£7.50
C2C Cycle Route Ultimate Guide Book£9.95
Cycling Southern France cycle guide book£12.95
Cycling Northern France guide book£15.95
Trans Pennine Trail Guide Book£8.95
Veloscenic – Paris-Versailles-Mont St Michel£11.95
Brompton Bicycle from Excellent Books£11.95
South Pennines and Peak District Off-road Cycle Map£8.50
Electric Bicycles by David Henshaw and Richard Peace£12.45