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100 Years of Bicycle Component and Accessory Design (Cycling Resources) [Hardcover]

"Cycling Resources" Library
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1 April 1999 Cycling Resources
Featuring over 1000 technical illustrations of bicycle components, this text provides technical details of bicycle construction and technology collected from European cycling periodicals and manufacturers' catalogues dating from 1822 to 1959, including: the 1935 prototype of the derailleur design; 100-year-old suspension forks; the automatic gear system from 1924; and hydraulic brakes from the 1950s.

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  • Hardcover: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Van Der Plas Publications,U.S.; New edition edition (1 April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892495015
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892495013
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 715,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful line drawings of lots of bike parts 11 Dec 2000
Brilliant - I'd been looking for this for ages. It's a collection of drawings of bike parts from the 1880s to the 1950s, in sort-of chronological order. It could do with some explanatory text, but it's fun trying to work out what everything is! It's also fun seeing how many "new inventions" you can spot - like suspension, hydraulic brakes, etc...
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By Renner
An interesting compendium of exhibits of the products of the fertile minds of bicycle manufacturers. However if you are looking to appreciate the superb draughtsmanship of the illustrators such as Rebour the print quality of this book will probably disappoint you. I expected better for the price.
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4.0 out of 5 stars For obsessive bike collectors, mechanics, or framebuilders. 24 May 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
The edition of "The Data Book" that I own has all of its text--what little there is--in Japanese. The book is almost all pictures, all of those line drawings, and most from the late French illustrator Daniel Rebour, the best technical illustrator that the bicycle world has ever been blessed with. I am a professional bike mechanic and an amateur custom frame builder who reveres French machines of the 40's to the 60's. Most of the illustrations in this book are from 1948 to 1959--where the chronology stops. When I first purchase it, I looked through it several times a day, now it's kind of a security blanket and in- spiration that I grab after a hard day in the shop or before tackling a tough frame repair on one of my days off. The cyclist without a long time in the sport will read this and be shocked at the "nothing new under the sun" feeling the book will bring on. Anatomically kind saddles? Since the turn of the (last) century. Shock forks? 1935. Internally routed cables? 40's and 50's. What can I say; no text and drawings only, and it has something to interest every cyclist.
3.0 out of 5 stars Expected a whole lot more 26 Feb 2014
By Louis Mauriello - Published on Amazon.com
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This is just a bunch of drawings of different parts of bicycles from their inception, roughly 1877, to 1959.

From 1877 to around 1877 the drawings are more full bicycles, some advertisements, and catalog pages. Then the next page is 1924 on which there is only a drive side crank and chainweel, which is followed on the next page with 1935 (fender cross sections), 1894 (tire and rim cross sections), 1907 (gears), 1907 (crank arms), 1922-1912 (wood rim cross sections), and continues as such until page 69 where there is a full page reproduction of a poster "le petite Bicycliste".

Post that "le petite Bicycliste" poster page the years run pretty consecutive starting at 1946 and appear to be grouped by manufacturer, but it is hard to tell because there is almost no words on any of the pages, until the last few pages - around 1955 - where some captions appear.

What there is are lots of line drawings of specific sections of various bicycles, mostly: headtube setups, various lugs, drivechain setups, fenders, handlebars, generator setups, rear deraileurs, front derailuers (mostly rod controlled), wheel hubs, bottom bracket shells and hangers, etc...

If you want to see a bunch of drawings about how a specific section of a bicycle could have looked in a specific year and get a bunch of different manufacturer designs (even though for the most part you won't be able to know which manufacturer they are from) then this is a great resource.

If you just want to spend a few minutes looking at older bicycle designs to see how they relate to modern ones (like how a threadless headset was offered in 1947 - page 77) then this is also a good resource. The opening blurb on the dust jacket flap sums this up: “The 1935 prototype of what’s offered today as the hottest new derailleur design, 100-year old suspension forks, an automatic gear system from 1924, hydraulic brakes from the 1950s. They’re all here in the The Data Book.”
5.0 out of 5 stars A looker. 10 Nov 2013
By David Wogen - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is a fascinating historical collection of illustrations with almost no text, save a bit here and there that made me wish I could read French. Not a reader but certainly a looker.
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool book for cycling gear head 24 Mar 2013
By WBB - Published on Amazon.com
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A 100 year history of cycling components in line drawings.
A fun book for cycling gear heads. Not much or no editorial.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disapointed 15 May 2013
By Tony Foale - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is basically nothing more than a picture book of various components. There is very little text by way of explaining why things were designed as they were nor why some early designs have survived with almost zero change whilst others have evolved considerably. I gave it as much as 2 stars because the description of a single star is "I hate it" and that is probably too severe.
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