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Italian Racing Bicycles: The People, the Products, the Passion Hardcover – 1 Sep 2011


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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: VeloPress (1 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193403066X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934030660
  • Product Dimensions: 27.8 x 2.4 x 24.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 360,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"To leave "Italian Racing Bicycles" on the coffee table would be a shame. A wonderful look back at the history of cycling and technology born out of competition." -- "VeloNews "magazine"Passionate fans of Italian bicycles, professional bicycle racing, the history of the sport and/or fine craftsmanship must add "Italian Racing Bicycles" to their collections." -- Shelf Awareness"Guido Rubino's coffee table book cataloguing all that is great and good about the Italian bicycle industry is a cycling fanatic's dream...The contents page should probably have been printed on greaseproof paper for the names thus presented will engender a serious amount of drooling on behalf of the cognoscenti." -- The Washing Machine Post""Italian Racing Bicycles" finds a balance between the history of a company, the racing history of the brand, and some technical information...The photographs are pretty engaging. When I first got the book I thought I'd have a quick flick through it before getting on with something else. An hour later I was still flicking." -- Podium Cafe"Even the ardent bike enthusiast will learn a great deal from the finely-produced volume. ["Italian Racing Bicycles"] was clearly put together with the cooperation of the firms named and while it could have read like a big advertisement, [the book] avoids being an advertorial. The writing is straightforward and the majority of illustrations excellent." -- Pezcyclingnews.com"What we've got here is another tour de force, a gem of a book that tells, through photos and text, the story of Italian biking. From lugged steel, with its fancy carved metal work, to the latest carbon fiber wonders, this book provides the perfect excuse to go out for a ride, buy a new bike (Italian, of course), or head on over to Tuscany." -- Boston.com""Italian Racing Bicycles" gives a broad overview of key Italian manufacturers....I particularly enjoyed learning more about the history of these companies, the men that started them, and their reasons for doing so. ["Italian Racing Bicycles"] won't answer all your questions but will start you on a journey for learning more. Grab a cappuccino, sit back, and enjoy." -- Italian Cycling Journal"From those readers who like to a take a walk down a lane lined with steel tubing, lugs and chrome to those who get excited as their bikes get lighter and lighter, "Italian Racing Bicycles" covers Italian bike and cycling component manufacturers from their start until the present day...This is a perfect catalogue/wish list for cycling enthusiasts." -- Daily Peloton

About the Author

Guido P. Rubino has been writing about cycling technology since 1996, with articles in such magazines as BiciSport, Cicloturismo, and MTB Magazine. He is the co-author, with Paolo Faccinetti, of Campagnolo: 75 Years of Cycling Passion and author of La Bicicletta da Corsa and La Mountain Bike.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gios on 4 Oct. 2011
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It's good to see another book celebrating the best in elite bicycles. This one, by the same team that brought us "Campagnolo", covers modern Italian makers and firms. For the knowledgeable, there may not be much that you haven't already gleaned from trawling the net, but it's a beautiful publication, with excellent photographs, and it will whet your appetite to see and ride these bikes in the flesh. Good value, not to be missed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David J. Messenger on 12 Dec. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Like the Campagnolo story from the same publisher lightweight on facts, but none the less an interesting read, maybe one would could call it a coffee table book.
But for anyone who loves cycling or bikes, particularly Italian bikes it is worth buying, nicely presented, some great photographs too.
I would buy again.Italian Racing Bicycles: The People, the Products, the Passion
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Set review to stun! on 9 Oct. 2011
Format: Hardcover
If you love italian cycling ,bikes or components then this book is for you ,the ultimate italian bike aficionados coffee table companion!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By King Arthur on 18 Dec. 2011
Format: Hardcover
From 3T, ALAN and through the alphabet to Wilier-Triestina, there are 168 Italian products within the 176 pages of glorious/colourful book. Photographs too showing the invented gear-changer by Tullio Campagnolo ! Either blame the current snow for your lack of miles upon your bike, or credit this book (and a coffee !) for your essential interest in reading such a wonderful book.
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