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Cyclepedia: A Tour of Iconic Bicycle Designs Hardcover – 7 Mar 2011

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd; 01 edition (7 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500515581
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500515587
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 27.9 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 203,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review

'A pictorial record of one man's bicycle obsession ... a wonderful thing ... a visual delight and a really fascinating read'
--Cyclorama

'A sumptuous visual anthology of bicycle design' --The Daily Telegraph

'An idiosyncratic collection ... enjoyable' --Cycle

'Stunning ... read this and you'll be on two wheels in no time' --Phoenix

'If you like poring over pictures of stunning bikes, your cravings may be temporarily satisfied with the publication of a photo-rich book that really should be sold in the proverbial brown paper' --Road.cc

'Will inspire, excite and leave you wanting about ten more bikes than you already own!'
--Cyclodelic

'From racing sleek to mountain tough, touring to tandem, urban folding chic to colourful cargo carriers, there's a two-wheeler for you in Cyclepedia.' --Saga Magazine

'This sumptuous photographic anthology of bicycle design is so drool-inducing it ought to be sold in brown paper' --The Independent

'Weird and wonderful, iconic and eccentric - Cyclepedia captures the most eye-catching bicycle designs of the past 90years with some superbly detailed photography' --Sport

'A simple, fun book for grown up kids on two wheels' --125 Magazine

'Anyone who respects the lore, history and beauty of bicycles needs a copy of this book'
--Time Out

`Frametastic...not just for the bike geek' --Wallpaper*

`An extraordinary read...arguably the most comprehensive and visually satisfying books of bicycle portraits ever published' --The Sunday Times [cycling blog]

`A lavish hymn to beauty, innovation and what the French call la fantaisie'
--The Independent

'Luscious' --London Cyclist

'Luxurious ... if you're not ashamed of high-end bike erotica, the book will not disappoint'
--Literary Review

'Lavish appreciation of almost a century of bicycle design ... includes enough lovingly shot images to please any adherent of two-wheeled transport, as well as lovers of expertly honed craftsmanship'
--The Sunday Telegraph

About the Author

Michael Embacher is a designer who lives in Vienna. He boasts one of the world's greatest collections of bicycles. Paul Smith is a world-famous designer and a passionate cyclist.


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Cyclepedia: A Tour of Iconic Bicycle Designs

Bought as a birthday gift for a bicycle fanatic it has been a huge success, giving hours of pleasure. (If a bit of a bore for the rest of us) I am told not only is it very informative but there is bike history to be enjoyed too.
I first saw it reviewed in a Sunday newspaper supplement. I ordered in a bit of a hurry but delivery was so speedy it arrived in good time for the birthday. Very well wrapped, so in perfect condition.
Although I only buy books from Amazon from time to time, when I have bought them they are always just how I expect them to be from the online description. So one can buy with a lot of confidence.
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Great Book and a Good present for Cyclists, Designers and Bike curious.

There is also an iPad app that brings the pictures to life in 3D.

Choose your technology .. just like the bikes included :-)
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Beautiful photos of a fairly broad range of mostly European bikes, but too many notable omissions and frequent technical irregularities to warrant the subtitle 'iconic' - it's more a tour of some quirky designs rather than iconic ones.

The frequent irritations perhaps arise from the translated text - a proof read by someone with a decent historical & technical knowledge of bikes would have been good, as the strength of this book should lie in the discussion of the technical details shown; some gripes:
Limited range of bikes - why nothing pre 1920?? - there's plenty of iconic designs missed as a result. A lot of 'grey porridge' bikes and not enough truly iconic ones.
Limited spec lists for each bike (e.g. no info on chain sets, sketchy descriptions of brakes, useless info on wheels & sizes......)
Frequently imprecise descriptions of frame parts, build processes and regular reference to steel 'varnish' - surely paint?
From a UK perspective, there are disappointingly few British bikes, the handful include one example (a 1970 roadster) from Raleigh, which mysteriously has some distinctly non standard mid-late 1980s pedals and clips; it's not the 'iconic' British example I'd choose from Raleigh - eg Chopper? , one of their GOD race bikes?, early cross-frame? All-Steel?
Some of the other race bikes are not at full standard race spec - it seems odd to have beautiful photos of obviously non-standard setups.
Disappointingly, the example from Mercian - builder of iconic & traditional British touring bikes - has a fairly awful 'urban fixie' as their representative - I'm sure a design they'd like to forget.
Its a shame that the Lotus race bike illustrated is the later road going derivative, rather than the earlier, iconic!
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No matter how many times you go back to this book, you will find something that you hadn't noticed before. So many innotive ideas thought of years ago, but too far ahead of their time. Or some a bit too wacky; would you want to brake by pressing the handlebar grips towards each other - ? ! Cracking quality photography that tempts you to want to see more of some of the bikes featured. More history on some would have been handy, but there has to be limits. The only regret that my favorite,the iconic Paris Galibier wasn't in the book.
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I gave this to a mate for a birthday present and he constantly raves how good it is - so I am vicariously going to give it 5 stars. He has recited information from it a few times and it has pride of place on his coffee table. All good signs.
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This book was bought as a gift for a bicycle enthusiast. I dread the fact that he is likely to look out for even more old bikes. Five should surely be enough , but I doubt it. Lovely book to dip into now and then, and a mine of information
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This is a beautifully produced book full of superbly photographed images of many fascinating and elegant engineering achievements and a tremendous bargain at the price. It's not a technical handbook by any means but there is sufficient information to fulfil its purpose.
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Really pleased.

I got this for my friend who's obsessed with bikes but doesn't really enjoy reading so much

There is loads of great images and information and all for a really good price

Was worth the money and it arrived only a day after i ordered it!
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