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Bicycling Through Time: The Farren Collection Hardcover – 6 Sep 2013

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  • Hardcover: 252 pages
  • Publisher: The Images Publishing Group (6 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1864705191
  • ISBN-13: 978-1864705195
  • Product Dimensions: 26.1 x 2.7 x 26.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tony PICKERING on 25 Dec. 2013
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Charlie & Paul Farren, avid collectors and admirers of Early Bicycles have together written what I honestly consider to be one, if not the 'best' books featuring various EARLY BICYCLES from their extensive collection.
The photograhs ( by Peter Horsley ) are wonderful in detail and presentation and combined with the prose make a brilliant and magnificent addition to any and especially my bicycle book library.
Several quotes by various people and organisations in the book praise the 'Bicycle' for its contribution to our present day BUT the words that came home to me were those of Paul's who states :- " I think that antique bicycles deserve more respect than they often get " . . this book goes a long way to explain why, and what a wonderful invention the simple bicycle was for mankind.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charmed. on 4 Jun. 2014
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Just amazing !!! Anyone who likes bikes at all will LOVE this book. Hugely informative fascinating and well presented book with totally stunning photos and stories of how the bikes were acquired. I love it. Just imagine bamboo bikes from the 1890's and a whole lot more.
This is a lot more than a slick coffee table book ...but it is just that as well. Absolute A star !!!!!!!!!
Not got it ?? Go BUY IT !!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By vetmotolite on 12 Oct. 2014
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Excellent, I wish Paul many years of happy cycling yet, and although I shall probably never get over to Oz to see all his machines, it is good for him to share his best with us in this book..Andy Brown
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan Riley on 24 July 2014
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A Beautiful Book with fantastic photographs. If you are even remotely interested in cycling I really recommend this book. A great gift for anyone who enjoys riding.
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the early years of bicycles with photographs 23 Sept. 2013
By Henry Berry - Published on Amazon.com
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Bicycle enthusiasts Paul and Charlie Farren (Charlie's the wife) present their incomparable collection with sharp color photos by Peter Horsley, a fellow enthusiast who is a commercial photographer. Though select, the Farren collection is representative of the history, development, and types of bicycles with concentration on the latter 19th century when the most notable developments took place and bicycling was at the height of its popularity. Paul Farren has collected bicycles from around the world at auctions and antique and specialized shops. Many in his collection come from his homeland of Australia where bicycles were imported mostly from England, France, and the United States or built domestically after models and innovations from these countries. The dry climate of Australia allowed for the exceptional preservation of the antique bicycles, as the clear details of the photographs evidence.

The presentation starts with "Mobility for the Nobility"; though this is only one page to locate the origination of the bicycle with the German aristocrat Baron Karl von Drais in 1917. Von Drais invented the "first commercially successful two-wheeled, steerable, human-propelled machine." This didn't have gears though, and was known as a "hobby horse," a still-familiar child's toy. The contraption many regard as the first bicycle appeared probably in Britain in 1863. Known as the "velocipede," it had pedals at the front tire to rotate it for movement and a brake for the smaller rear tire. Gears did not start appearing on bicycles until the 1880s, and it wasn't long before bicycles resembling those of today with pedals and the main gear rotating a chain attached to other gears at the rear wheel quickly gained popularity over the earlier types with their big front wheels that were relatively strenuous to propel, difficult to maneuver, and uncomfortable for the rider.

The last bicycle shown is a British Army folding bicycle of the Second World War, also known as a "parachute bicycle". Its pedals were designed for use with thick Army boots with large heels while at the same time for folding into the collapsible frame. The authors' text is filled with such knowledgeable historical and technical points through chapters focusing on developments for speed, safety, comfort, and commercial and military uses including innovations which in later years were seen as "ludicrous" yet which had a part in the development of bicycles.
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Outstanding studio photographs of the most rare and historically important bicycles 26 Aug. 2014
By Vernon Forbes - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a catalogue of a private collection in Australia. While most bicycle collections are not available for public viewing this is the second title to come from Australia of show-casing private collections. The other title is Racing Bicycles: 100 Years of Steel. While most catalogued collections tend to emphasize eccentric or unusual bicycles such as Cyclepedia: A Century of Iconic Bicycle Design this collection's emphasis is on historically significant models as bicycles were being developed. The photographs are crisp studio shots of restored bicycles with 2-3 close-ups. There are 82 bikes depicted in this book with 64 of them (78%) dating between 1881-1898. 6 are from between 1817-1880 and 10 are from between 1899-1945. A number of well-known bicycles familiar to collectors and cycle historians are represented such as the Xtraordinary by Singer & Co., The Facile Ordinary by Ellis & Co and the Kangaroo Dwarf Safety by Hillman, Herbert & Cooper that are important to the history of cycles. As well as including 6 wooden/bamboo bicycles it also a large number of bicycles that have not been previously photographed in any collection before, the most breathtaking of which is on the front page and which is the only bicycle of its kind known to exist. The collection also includes the only photograph that exists of The Barb spring-frame safety from Australia (1930s) and the only picture that exists of a Massey-Harris bike, from Canada. This book has only the 2nd photograph of the 1907 Levocyclette that has been taken. The other can be found in The Bicycle by Pryor Dodge. This book has a photograph of the best example of the original Dunlop Tire that created the revolution in pneumatic tires that exists. It has the only photograph of the only Safety Bicycle build by Quadrant, usually known for their tricycles. It contains a number of photographs that are the only photographs of bicycles that have ever been published. The photographs make you want to know more about what you are looking at. The strength of this book is the crisp studio photographs cleaned up and displayed on slick, glossy paper against a clear white page. What text there is serves to support the photographs. The first ten bicycles have between 75-100wds describing them to give you an idea. The history of the clincher is briefly mentioned like a museum display without citations. No pat# is given for the Welsh patent of 1890 that is mentioned as having "solved the repair problem" of pneumatic tires and Michelin's role is not mentioned. There are no foot-notes and only eleven entries in the glossary. If you want history go elsewhere. The book documents the collection and the collection speaks for itself and staring at the pictures I saw things to difficult to describe in what I was looking at and I could feel myself pulled into the pictures.

Instead of words to support the pictures the authors have added vintage photographs of people riding the bicycles in their collection and beautiful advertisements chosen by the largest collector of bicycle images in the World, Lorne Shields. Instead of a string of words the book uses pictures to explain pictures.

This is a big, heavy book that is a great value to anyone interested in the history of technology or cyclist or anyone who wants to collect bicycles but does not have a warehouse to keep them in.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great Book 6 Dec. 2013
By Dirk Van Luchem - Published on Amazon.com
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The book shows a wonderful collection and is a collector’s item written by an authority in the field. Glad to have it in my possession.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
All I expected. 16 Jan. 2014
By Des Chabrel - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was all I expected.
Great photos.
Great descriptions.
Interesting notes on provenance.
Ready to do business with Amazon again.
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