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Velo: Bicycle Culture and Design Paperback – Illustrated, 30 Apr 2010

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  • 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)
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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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As other reviewers have said, this is very much a coffee table book: lots of great photos and quite a few interesting examples of illustrations, graphic designs and artworks inspired by or incorporating bikes. Nothing detailed or technical - but that's not what you'd expect from this kind of book. Where there are longer bits of text, they're printed in horrible red ink that's unnecessarily hard to read, but they do help to capture the subversive, obsessive, uber-stylish side of urban cycling. I'm all for Copenhagenizing every city in the world.

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.
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I bought this book as a source of inspiration and ideas, a quick way to tap into a vein of 'wonder' in cycling culture in all it's shapes and forms. Where does function end? Where does 'style', self expression and 'quirks' fit within cycling 'culture'?

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? Is it me you're looking for? Hmmm maybe. But certainly not as good as the second book in the series. Slightly disappointed in the lack of hardback glossiness. The bicycleporn content rates high though but the quality of the print edition lets the book down a little. I was looking for extremely fabulous and frankly it fell a little short. That said I don't regret the purchase; whilst I have eyes that work and a brain wired to appreciate what I am looking at I will never tire of looking at this sort of book. If bicycles make your heart race, this book may do the trick but certainly didn't leave me panting and spent.
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It's the first part of "Velo" books. Is also full of interesting pictures, inspiration. I'm waiting for 3rd part of this book.
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