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Made in England: The Artisans Behind the Handbuilt Bicycle Hardcover – 30 Oct 2012

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  • Hardcover: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Push Projects Ltd (30 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0957366809
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957366800
  • Product Dimensions: 27.6 x 2.8 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gavin Buxton on 23 Nov. 2012
Format: Hardcover
I recieved my pre ordered copy of Made In England a couple of weeks ago, Being signed by the authors was a nice touch. Its a wonderful Hardback, thick paged book that oozes quality. The content is a amazing, A great insight into the minds and workspaces of some of the countries greatest framebuilders. I read it cover to cover the first time i picked it up, then spent hours browzing the awesome pictures. If you are any type of cyclist, or have a passion in metalwork or engineering, I cant recommend this book enough!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Palmer on 7 Jan. 2013
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I received this book as a Christmas gift and as soon as it arrived I sat down to begin reading it. The best part about the book is the insight that you gain from the interviews with each builder; their philosophies, their ideas, their stories.

The photography is quite good but much more on the arty side than the documentary style. That's OK but I would have preferred more pictures of the bikes too. Also, I found myself looking for the description alongside each photo to understand exactly what I was looking at. They don't exist in this book. That's a pity in my view.

On the whole though, I love this book and I wish that I had the money to go out and commission some frames from the builders that I liked most in the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By STEPHEN COOPER on 5 Dec. 2012
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I pre-ordered my copy and was delighted with it - this is the authoritative book on the great British bicycle frame-building tradition, encompassing interviews and photography with legends such as Ron Cooper and bringing it up to date with builders like Tom Donhou and Ricky Feather, the younger generation who are taking the industry forwards.

Kayti Peschke's photographs are what makes this book: she's captured each builder in situ, showing the grit and belief that underlines their work. Each profile is then finished off with profiles of finished builds and frame.

The book has a sumptuous, high-quality feel and is the perfect coffee-table accompaniment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gios on 25 Dec. 2012
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As a book production, this is simply wonderful. The design ecoes the best recent work in the cycling press in magazines like rouleur and Peloton. This means superb natural light photogaphy and great book design. Apart from that, the authors pick some of the finest contemporary builders. The book sadly contains one article. on Ron Cooper, that makes a splendid epitaph; Ron Cooper died in December 2012, and this is probably the last inyerview he gave. A wonderful book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Colin Stones on 28 Jan. 2013
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Totally in love with this book-cant put it down. Every time I look at it, I learn some more-this is what I want to be
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By timothy lawrence on 1 April 2013
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This is a great book for anyone interested in bike building. It has a lot of interesting information and the images are great.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hans de Wit on 1 July 2013
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Superb: Nice stories, good insights and inside looks in the minds of great bike-builders. And a very good graphicly designed book!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By S. Burns on 26 Dec. 2012
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Overall, this is a lovely book with some fantastic photos and interviews with frame-builders at all stages of their craft, some just starting out and others with 60 years experience. The bicycles are a delight to look at, with some radical new designs alongside more traditional frames.

However, the thing which mars this book for me is the poorly-written copy and some typographical errors which detract from the "quality feel" one might expect. Given that it is a book about craftsmanship, a phrase like "Robin's bikes literally speak for themselves" seems like sloppy (or non-existent) editing. Talking bicycles, whatever next! There are several places where sentences are ended with a spurious full stop ("wasn't talking to you!". and "could you help me?".) which is such a basic error. It's also quite basic that an ellipsis ... is not followed by a full-stop - you get one or the other, not both! Also, the use of em-dashes, en-dashes and hyphens is very inconsistent.

If you admire fine typography, this book goes part of the way but again is marred by errors like underlining text (a big no-no in print) and layout errors like

"freshly welded S
& S couplers"

which might have come out better as "freshly-welded S&S couplers," at least keeping the S&S bit together for ease of reading. Non-existent paragraph leading and/or indentation means it's often quite tricky to find the start of a paragraph, and the typefaces for the headings and pull-quotes are a bit tricky to read as well.

These might seem like "niggles" but for a book at this price and quality, it makes the book less pleasurable and more difficult to read. Given the quality of the photos, I'm left with a book which is almost beautiful, about one of my favourite subjects, but ultimately is unsatisfactory.
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