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Custom Bicycles: A Passionate Pursuit
by Christine Elliott & David Jablonka
Cycling has never lost its appeal. Alongside mass-produced models, the craftsmanship of handmade bespoke bicycle makers has emerged to satisfy the passion of people who ride bikes as a means of daily transport, as a sport and for recreation. This book by passionate cyclists Christine Elliott and David Jablonka is the product of a worldwide search for the most influential custom bike makers on the planet.
The result is a presentation of a wonderful collection of expertly honed, human-powered machines, built by some of the most creative bicycle makers in the world.
It highlights the range of techniques, materials, design elements and passion behind producing a custom handmade bike. It’s guaranteed to take you on the ride of your life.
Features a foreword by Phil Liggett, the voice of the legendary man behind the English-language broadcasts of the Tour de France.
The Bicycle: The Myth and The Passion
by Francesco Baroni (Author) & Felice Gimondi (Preface)
This handsomely illustrated volume traces the evolution of the bicycle and spotlights landmarks in its illustrious history. From the first sketches in the 1490s by a student of Leonardo da Vinci to the High Wheel Bicycles that had their heyday in the 1880s, hundreds of archival photographs and illustrations depict the features of these and other early ancestors of the modern bicycle, accompanying a text that vividly recreates the excitement of each new innovation.
Documenting the advent of ball bearings and pneumatic tires, the development of high-tech racing bicycles and state-of-the-art all terrain bikes with waffle tread tires and heavier frames, The Bicycle: The Myth and The Passion examines the models and components that have been the fulfillment of the dreams of visionary inventors. Through an engaging text and vibrant graphics, readers will meet the key players in the world of cycling and gain a newfound appreciation for the colorful history of the bicycle.
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