Richards' Bicycle Book - lots of nice pics of state of the art kit from BITD. You can pick it up pretty cheaply of fleabay.
Do you mean Richards' Bicycle Repair Manual
? by Richard Ballantine & Richard Grant, Published by Dorling Kindersley, 1994, ISBN 0-7513-0087-x
Quite a good book for repairs to retro bikes, plenty of good colour pictures, and if you can pick up a copy cheaply on eBay then it's definately worth a look.The Mountain Biking Handbook
- By Barry Ricketts, published by Arena Press, 1988, ISBN 1-85443-005-x
Contains information about bike and component choice, component fitting and repair, planning a ride etc it covers all bases really and is quite a fun read, and it has some great pictures of folk in neon lycra The Bicycle Wheel (3rd Edition)
- By Jobst Brandt, published by Avocet, 1993 (3rd Edition), ISBN 0-9607236-6-8THE
Bible for wheelbuilding imo, as well as going through the why's and wherefore's it goes deeper into the science behind the wheel, this is the book that taught me how to build a bicycle wheel. It's not the most riveting of reading though, Jobst Brandt has a technical, almost clinical approach, but read it, absorb it, and then build your own wheels! Stumpjumper : 25 Years Of Mountainbiking
- by Mark Riedy, published by Breakaway Books, 2005, ISBN 1-891369-63-6
More a graphical timeline than a book proper, plenty of colour photo's and specs of the iconic Specialized bike though, from the early Stumpjumper to the 2005 FSR, will no doubt interest Specialized fanboi's, but also has some interesting bits on the riders and races (Ned Overend, the Cactus Cup etc).