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Racing Bicycles: 100 Years of Steel Hardcover – 15 Oct 2012
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Everything about this book is inspired and inspiring. --SpeedReaders
'Racing Bicycles: 100 Years of Steel' by David Rapley captures some of the excitement of what it must have been like out on the frontiers of Empire as those doughty pioneers not only took to the roads at home but found success in Europe long before Cadel Evans at the Tour de France.' --Pez Cycling News
About the Author
David Rapley has been fascinated with mechanical devices and their origins for as long as he can remember. This led ultimately to a career as a professional mechanical engineer and a pastime as an amateur historian. He started racing bicycles from age 13 until educational and work demands relegated this to a recreational pastime and has since maintained a strong interest in this sport particularly its technical, social and historical roots. For the past 36 years he has been a professional restorer of early sports and racing cars, motorbikes and bicycles and was the co-founder of the Austin Healey Club in Australia in the 1960s. After becoming a life member of the Victorian Historic Racing Register and part of the small group instrumental in formalising historic car racing in Australia with the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport. He continued to serve in various administrative and technical roles for the next 20 years and today acts as a consultative technical adviser to the sport. David Rapley wrote the definitive history of Rifle Clubs in Australia, which was given a Special Commendation Award from the Victorian Government for this original research into an unexplored chapter of Australian social and military history. He is also a regular contributor to various magazines and books on historic car racing and rifle shooting and guest speaker.
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Each bicycle gets 2 pages with usually 4 pictures with a complete list of the equipment on it and a couple of paragraphs about the original owner, collector or races it was in. Instead of being shot in the studio most of the photographs are all outside, leaned against a wall. One collector had professional studio shots taken shown against a back background. The only problem with the book is that it will make you want more. You will find the descriptions too brief and you will want to see more close-ups of the equipment of each bicycle. It compliments any library that has The Competition Bicycle: The Craftsmanship of Speed,Italian Racing Bicycles: The People. the Products. the Passion by Guido P. Rubino ( 2011 ) Hardcover as well as The Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles.
100 Jahre 100 Bilder: Eine Geschichte Der Fotografie (which is well done).
Bottom line: a disappointing experience & be careful when reading amazon book reviews.