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Bike!: A Tribute to the World's Greatest Cycling Designers Hardcover – 5 Sep 2012


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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd (5 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781310114
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781310113
  • Product Dimensions: 19.9 x 3.5 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 194,497 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...loving detail

 

(Sport)

With lavish studio photographs of bikes, atmospheric portraits of racers and fascinating insights into engineering techniques, ​Bike!​ is a wonderful book to dip into

(Outdoor Fitness)

Sumptuously illustrated...good research and some great stories

(London Cyclist)

This is a must-read book for everyone interested in cycling, but especially those who appreciate the love, care and time the classic bike-builders put into creating their masterpieces

(New Books)

A truly mouth-watering book filled with incredible images

 

(Wiltshire Life)

About the Author

RICHARD MOORE is a former racing cyclist and journalist whose first book, In Search of Robert Millar won Best Biography at the 2008 British Sports Book Awards.

DANIEL BENSON is the managing editor of Cyclingnews.com. He has reported on four Tour de France races.


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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Leslie Reissner on 6 Dec. 2012
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It is an indication perhaps of the passion of those that love cycling that a book cataloging the stories of the most notable manufacturers of racing bicycles and components has a title that ends in an exclamation mark. "Bike!" is a fine, hardcover book edited by Richard Moore and Daniel Benson, with a foreword by Robert Penn of "It's All About the Bike" fame. Contributions to the book's 49 chapters are provided by a whole gang of mainly UK-based cycling journalists who write both for print and the on-line media. This provides both strengths and weaknesses.

The good bits first. Even if you are familiar with a lot of bicycle technology history or racing stories, there is a lot to be learned here presented in an attractive and entertaining manner. The book offer up more than 600 photos. For the most part these are archival and many are pretty familiar but serve well to illustrate the stories. There also studio photographs highlighting exceptionally interesting bicycles. Fans of Ray Dobbins will recognize some of his super-sharp pictures of classic steel bikes, bicycles so gorgeous you wish they were still made.

The 49 chapters are an alphabetical compendium of the most illustrious names in the industry, starting with Atala and winding up with Wilier Triestina. Some of the histories are well-known (Colnago, Campagnolo, Bianchi, Schwinn) but many others are obscure. Billato? There are plenty of nice tales, such as the one about the founders of Cervelo writing to Gianni Bugno by addressing the envelope of their letter to "Gianni Bugno, Italy"--and getting a reply. The background story of Cervelo is an exception: it is a recent company founded by engineers dancing to the tune of higher technology.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. McCann on 22 Oct. 2012
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The term "coffee table book" is one that is bandied about quite a bit, and to my mind conjours up images of a large tome with beautiful pictures that lacks content and is simply there as decoration. My fear when I ordered this book was that I would get something fitting that description, though knowing Richard Moore and Daniel Benson were involved eased my mind slightly. And thankfully my fears were totally unfounded. Yes, this is a gorgeous book, well laid out and as suited to an art gallery as a bookshelf, but the content is there as well. A great basic history of the bikes and components that helped make riders such as Coppi, Bartali, Merckx, LeMond, Hinault, Indurian the legends they are. The most important bikes in pro peleton history are all here, beautifully illustrated and the stories behind the designers and the manufacturers are presented in a detailed and clear manner.

The main emphasis is on roadbikes so mountain bikers may feel a bit put out but overall it is hard to fault this book. From Bianchi to Gitane, Giant to Cinelli, there is something here for race fans from any generation, and it is a relief to see that todays carbon-fibre weight fetishists can be exposed to the steel, aluminium and titanium steeds of the past (and present!) and get a feel for the history and tradition of the sport. Cycling has a long culture that many of its top proponents are keen to immerse themselves in and keep the traditions going, and books like this will help add to the mystique and legends behind the "convicts of the road". Anyone who admires fine construction and skilled craftsmanship, or who loves beautiful engineering will welcome the detailed text as well as the well selected and clear photos. The only small blot I have come across is a full page picture of Robbie McEwen and Eric Zabel in a sprint that appears to be a blurred screengrab, but the rest of the images are of high quality and accompany the prose very well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jeff on 16 Oct. 2012
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A superbly produced and heavyweight book which goes into great detail of some of the world best bike manufacturers.With some stunning pictures and great writing by the well respected pair of Daniel Benson and Richard Moore this is a book for all racing bicycle fanatics.Detailed and thorough,five stars!
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Not only is this a lovely physical object to own, it's full of information that really helps to fill in the knowledge-gaps of someone like me who is developing an interest in the subject. I found Leslie Reissner's review very helpful when deciding whether to buy or not and I have printed it out and stuck it in the front of the book.
Overall, Bike! is worth every penny. I have learned a huge amount and gained a massive amount of enjoyment from the many pictures and knowledgable text.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JP on 14 April 2013
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A big book, but sadly not as enjoyable as I had hoped. I would have liked more detail, and some better photos.
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A great collectible and reference book for bike lovers that are interested in the arts and history of bikes, the different lines, makes and models and their evolution and also in just looking at beautiful, aesthetic photographs. Definitely a gem!
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Great pictures and decent selection of the major bike makers of the world. Blending both current and historical pictures it offers great details of design elements. The texts are short and informative without being superficial or too nerdy.
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By SJ on 2 Feb. 2013
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A very successful Christmas present to someone who love bikes so much he is literally reading it from cover to cover. A bike a day. And he keeps recommending it to other enthusiasts too.
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