- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Die Gestalten Verlag; 01 edition (30 April 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 3899552849
- ISBN-13: 978-3899552843
- Product Dimensions: 26 x 21.3 x 2.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 554,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Velo: Bicycle Culture and Design Paperback – Illustrated, 30 Apr 2010
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Anyone with a penchant for bikes will be impressed by the long list of projects, groups and aficionados in the back of the book. Velo is an exciting read, with its eclectic and übercool tour of bike culture. It will inspire those who usually only ride in the summer as well as those who couldn't live without their bikes. --Spiegel Online
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There are some intriguing glimpses of global cycling cultures, too, like the BMXs from Queens in NYC mounted with massive rigs, and the bamboo bikes some philanthropists are trying to popularise in Ghana. For the most part, though, 'bicycle culture' means the Copenhagen vibe of northern European cities - women cycling gangs of kids to school using big cargo bikes - plus the NYC/London/Toronto/Shanghai fixie scene. In fact, I noticed there was nary a sign of a road bike with gears til page 100! And hardly a hint of BMX, cyclocross, audax or sportive culture.
Basically it's a book by cycling hipsters for cycling hipsters. Brands like Rapha and Brooks are so fawningly represented some pages look like (are) basically advertising spreads, while the big manufacturers like Trek, Scott, Dawes, Specialized etc. aren't represented at all. Even so, the emphasis on artisan producers - Italian or Oregonian, primarily - rather than mass production is fair enough.
So if you ride a fixie with flat bars six inches wide and no brakes wearing plimsolls, corkscrew trousers, a tweed jacket, a crazed expression and some elaborate kind of facial hair... you're probably in the book! If, like millions of cyclists, you think frames don't HAVE to be made of steel, gears and brakes are pretty cool inventions, and lycra gear is comfy and non-sweaty... buy the book and see how the other half (or quarter, or fifth) lives.
I don't think I'd recommend this as a reference on design, in respect to engineering or even any real depth of information (there is a lack of background information, which is a little frustrating at times); but the pictures capture more than just the objects, the also capture the people (and for me) a little of the 'spirit' that is the freedom of cycling.
If you approach this as s 'coffee table' book, a 'talking point'(?) and as a taster, then you'll not be disappointed. It's already sparked some serious discussion about frame shapes, bar designs 'urban cyclists' in my household.
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Velo Bicycle Culture and Design : Is an idiosyncratic look at the kooky side of bicycle design. It veers towards the bizarre end of the spectrum. Read morePublished on 11 Feb. 2011 by The glow in the dark
I bought this book as a keen cylist.This is different from most books on the sublect as it is about the cycle as art design and a culture in it's own right. Read morePublished on 2 Oct. 2010 by M. V. Smyth