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Bike!: A Tribute to the World's Greatest Cycling Designers Paperback – 3 Jul 2014
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A truly mouth-watering book filled with incredible images
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)
Sumptuously illustrated...good research and some great stories(London Cyclist)
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)
(Sport) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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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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.Read more ›
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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Excellent photography. Every cyclist should have this reference bookPublished 5 months ago by alasdair buchanan
I enjoyed this book, and it read well. But I should have guessed from the title, "ATribute..." that it would not contain frame specification or an explanation of what... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Michael
Brilliant book, nicely illustrated. A wealth of knowledge about the development of the bike broken down by the worlds greatest manufacturer.Published 23 months ago by John Murphy
An excellent book, just what I was looking for.
My favourite cycling book of all time.
It covers the bikes and manufacturers I most admire.