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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Sport (12 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408170957
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408170953
  • Product Dimensions: 28.7 x 2.2 x 28.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 135,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This wonderful book, The Elite Bicycle, really celebrates the passion of people who are still content to make things, in small quantities, by hand. I'm really proud of the people in this book. They are real craftsmen. It's about an attitude and state of mind and this book celebrates this state of mind. --Sir Paul Smith

a hefty affair, lavishly illustrated by Brown's photography - which will be familiar to Rouleur readers - throughout to support Fife's in-depth narrative. Sure, it'll look great on your coffee table, but you'll be drawn to read over it time and time again. To call it bike porn would cheapen it beyond measure. I rather prefer to call it bicycle burlesque. --Velo Club Don Logan

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Gerard Brown is a professional cycling photographer and a keen amateur rider. He has provided photography for many books published by A&C Black, Ivy Press, Dorling Kindersley, Velo Press and Little Brown. He regularly contributes to cycling and motoring magazines such as Octane, Rouleur and Privateer.

Graeme Fife has written for a wide range of publications including The Guardian, Daily Telegraph, The Times, The Independent, Rouleur, Cycling Weekly and Cycle Sport. His books on cycling include Tour de France: Tour de Suffrance and Inside the Peleton.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gios on 24 Sep 2013
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Continuing the blizzard of excellent books about bicycles and their makers, this beautifully photographed and written account of a number of makers, from one-man to medium size, is a welcome new arrival. With excellent photography, giving a strong impression of the places of work and the makers, and informed descriptions of them , this is a valuable record of a flourishing industry. There will be makers that haven't been included, but the selection gives a breadth and overview that is impressive. The range of styles, experience and scale of operation is one of the strongest features of this book.

Compared to some other recent volumes of a similar type, the production quality is a bit disappointing; nasty brown cloth binding, and glossy but thin paper stock. Minor matters that shouldn't deter anyone from ordering this book.
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Let me start by stating that the photography in this book is excellent. However, the narrative is really very bad indeed. Perhaps this book was primarily intended for the US market where the sort of flowery, pompous and irrelevant twaddle which this book is full of seems to find resonance. Such a shame that the narrative does not match the excellent photography.
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By Lou on 27 Sep 2014
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Amazing book! Was a gift and the person absolutely loved it.
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