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John S. Allen's publications: bicycling books and maps

These are my most important bicycling books and maps. Others are listed in my résumé.
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Allen, John S.
Bicycling Street Smarts
Second edition, 2001, now available from Rubel Bikemaps, Cambridge, Massachusetts. first edition published by Rodale Press, Emmaus, Pennsylvania
, 1987.

This 46-page pamphlet covers techniques for safe, lawful and efficient bicycle operation in urban traffiic. It has sold over 400,000 copiesInformation on ordering and on  licensing and consulting services for Web postings and special print editions.

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Berkshire Bike Touring
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, 2001.

This map is a guide to the Berkshire bicycle touring routes as described in the report "Touring Routes in the Berkshire and Connecticut River Valleys" written for the Department of Environmental Management.

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Sutherland's Handbook for Bicycle Mechanics
Sutherland Publications, Emeryville, California; 2004 (7th Edition), 1996 (6th edition), 1992 (5th edition), 1984 (4th edition), 1981 (3rd edition).

Sutherland's Handbook is the parts interchangeability "bible" of the bicycle industry and also includes extensive information on bicycle maintenance and repair. Sections which I researched and wrote in large part include: tire size table; freewheel sprocket and spacer interchangeability tables; crank and chainwheel interchangeability table; bottom bracket parts interchangeability tables and much of the material on geared hubs. The 7th Edition is available from Sutherland Publications.

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Massachusetts Executive Office of Transportation and Construction, 1987.

I was the route consultant for this bicycle touring map. The map publishing project was later privatized, and the route research was reused for a series of maps produced by Rubel Bikemaps.

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Coles, Clarence W. and Harold T. Glenn; revised and updated by John S. Allen
Glenn's New Complete Bicycle Manual
Crown Publishers, New York, 1986.

I contributed hundreds of new photographs and approximately 1/3 of the text of the revised edition of this comprehensive manual on bicycle repair and maintenance. Currently out of print but available from

Cover of The Complete Book of Bicycle Commuting

Allen, John S.; chapter on maintenance by Sheldon Brown
The Complete Book of Bicycle Commuting
Rodale Press, Emmaus, PA, 1981.

A comprehensive manual on how to use a bicycle for daily transportation. Currently out of print, but available from

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Boston's Bikemap
Rubel Bikemaps, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Numerous editions since 1978, most recent edition 1999.

I was the route consultant for the 1978 edition of this urban bicycle route map (with relatively minor route changes and additional consultations since) and I wrote instructions on safe riding which have appeared in all editions since 1982. Available from Rubel Bikemaps.

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Last revised 8 October 2000