This is a super book that oozes love and exudes passion. The delightful anecdotes give an insight into the world of the collector restorer. To live and breath bicycles is clearly a driven desire and you're taken on a journey from beginning to end. This is not a manual, it's not a 1,2,3 how to, it's a journey, it's trip and an introduction to the world of vintage bicycle restoration. Enjoy and have fun, and always ride every bicycle you own. Missing the all important index as any book of reference must have. Highly recommended.
I have found this book a real pleasure to read, it is impossible not to be inspired by the passion the author has for bicycles. The structure and content is very informative with beautiful photography illustrating everything from the vintage bicycles, tools, workshops to the people. Despite the title, this is not your typical "How To" guide, it is a much more interesting journey into the world of vintage bicycle restoration.
This is a detailed and beautifully illustrated guide to restoring vintage bicycles. I have found it more a source of inspiration than a step by step handbook. The illustrated bikes demonstrate the level of expertise of the author. I noted certain procedures well outside my own experience. One example is the section on transfers. I didn't understand the types mentioned. I'm familiar with two, the author describes three. And can you do a wet application of a dry transfer. I mention this to illustrate the gap between my reason able level of amateur knowledge, and that of the author. This is a very thorough manual. You will learn new things from it. Production values are good, though it isn't hardback as listed.