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Cycle Style [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Horst A. Friedrichs
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31 Mar 2012
No city boasts of a more fashionable population of bicyclists than London. Photographer Horst Friedrichs meets his subjects in their own milieu: zooming around the city's streets on two wheels. There he encounters a dazzling array of style and a surprising amount of substance. In tweeds (both Harris and hipster) and Saville Row suits, in high-tops and stilettos, in flowing skirts and the skinniest jeans, wildly tattooed and impeccably manicured, sporting bowler hats and racing caps, London's cyclists are jubilantly exercising their fashion freedom. Whether they're leisurely filling their baskets from market to home or pedalling purposefully to an important meeting, experiencing the city as cycling tourists, or getting from place to place in the most economical way possible, Friedrichs' subjects share a love of the bicycle culture that is sweeping the streets of London and the rest of the world.

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  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Prestel (31 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3791346628
  • ISBN-13: 978-3791346625
  • Product Dimensions: 26.9 x 20.1 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,939 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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London boasts a fashionable population of cyclists, and this cool book from photographer Horst Friedrichs features a range of portraits of the most stylish bike riders around. --Book Time Magazine March 2012

A beautiful range of images depicting a diverse range of characters from our splendidly colourful and creative community this inspirational book will titillate the senses with the bikes, the fashion or for cycling, chances are all three. --Atticus and Finch, March 2012

Photographer Horst A. Friedrichs has captured the many styles of London cyclists in his new book, Cycle Style. The book is filled with photos of his and her fashion for those whose preferred mode of transportation is two wheels. --Papermag, April 2012

About the Author

Horst Friedrichs' photographs have appeared in Stern, The Independent, and The New York Times. He is the author of I'm One: 21st Century Mods and Or Glory: 21st Century Rockers (both published by Prestel). He lives in London.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Velo-couture 22 Mar 2012
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I spotted this book as a pre-order and have to admit that I couldn't resist the temptation, with my every increasing interests in both cycling and cycling 'styles' and culture.

This book very much focuses in on, and around, the 'London' cycle style, with the mix of fashions and functions; but all beautifully photographed and captured in this book.

I'm finding myself happily flicking through the pages and soaking up all the little details. Perhaps my only criticism could be that some subjects are repeated and the soft binding may not last the test of time. However, these are only very minor things against the vibrancy of the book and the images. It certainly frames a small slice of modern cycle styles - It's fab!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beauty on two wheels 5 Feb 2013
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My wife spotted this book on a table in a café downtown Stockholm, Sweden.
She hastily flicked through the pages and wrote me a text message. A lover of good photography and a keen bicyclist, I instantly knew I had to get this book. I've seen a lot of good pictures, but the ones captured in this book are simply Amazing! They're just something else. The book contains no text, just pictures, but the author says it all with them.

The pictures make up for a tremendous mix of good style, looks, clothes, fantastic bikes and just beautiful human beings. No matter if you love classic garment or just fascinating bicycles of great variation, it gives you the best of both worlds.

This IS what bicycling with style is all about. The definitive mix and blend, all through the lens of a camera in the hands of a very very skilled photographer.

Needless to say, I love the book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great stylistic book 22 Feb 2013
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I bought this book as I'm a cyclist and was interested in the fashion cycle culture. The book showcases one of the cycle cultures and so is not comprehensive of cycle fashion. it does however capture that style excellently. Great inspiration both in the bike photography and the people. If you're a non-lycra cyclist and a bit of a stylist like me, you'll gain a smile from this book.
I love the references at the back of each picture and bike model.
My only gripe is, I would have loved to see what those who were photographed would wear when the weather is bad! I'm sure there's style in all the weathers. A sequel perhaps?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully shot, creative 17 Jan 2013
This book is really a picture book, but it's great for finding inspiration. Wonderful pictures of gorgeous bikes, with their eccentric owners. All the bike makes are listed in the back, just a nice book to have.
The cover has a matt finish, which feels nice, don't know how useful this review is but oh well..
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Gift...... 6 Dec 2012
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This was purchased for my Son as he had requested this for his Birthday.(32nd!!) I opened it and it was not what I had expected, not knowing anything about this book at all. I had expected to see different bicycles, but on the contrary it is all about the different clothing styles that people wear whilst on their bikes. My Son is a keen cyclist so it was of great interest to him, and still is.

My Son was every pleased with this book and enjoyed comparing the different clothing from cyclist to cyclist.
Lovely photographs all the same and on the whole I think a very well put together book.

.....So if my Son is happy then I am too!!

Three stars from me but obviously it would be four had my Son been writing this review.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Book 29 Mar 2014
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It's ok, if you just want it as a coffee table book for people to flick through ! ! !
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4.0 out of 5 stars buy it 29 Nov 2013
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I love bicycles and fashion and design and style.
this book is in a nice format, big enough too enjoy the images.
good quality print and paper too.
the only thing I would have liked more is a little print maybe at the end of the book stating name of the subject and location and maybe some comments.
buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend 30 Jun 2013
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Wow this is a beautiful book with excellent 'arty' photos of all styles of bikes and types of people. Great gift.
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