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The Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles: Craftsmanship, Elegance, and Function

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The Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles is a celebration of the design history and craftsmanship behind this simple but efficient two-wheeled vehicle. Featuring fifty classic models built by hand, this book unveils the bicycle’s technical evolution within a historical context. Beautifully detailed are early-twentieth-century models with multi-gear systems, mid-century machine ...more
Hardcover, 168 pages
Published March 24th 2009 by Rizzoli
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J.
Apr 11, 2012 J. rated it really liked it
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Takes the idea of the Road Bike from its rough origins at the end of the nineteenth century and follows the development, a bit selectively, up to the turn of the twenty-first century. That is, no swoopy, balloon-shaped aerodynamica on display here, nor triple-extruded titanium-beam moon bikes. Simple does it, and does it exquisitely.

Mostly French multi-gear cycles, with lugged frames and standard derailleur sets, cover the pages here with engineering elegance and taste that seem a little lost in
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Josh
Dec 27, 2015 Josh added it
Delicious--especially the photographs.

Meshes very nicely with the Heine's blog and the cited reference The Dancing Chain (history of derailleurs).
Rob
May 23, 2010 Rob rated it really liked it
Shelves: cycling
Really cool pictures of an amazingly small slice of cycling history. Specifically covering 1940s-1950s French built cyclotouriste bikes. I liked all of the finishing details and the integration of all of the features into a complete whole. It made me re-think how I equip my non-racing bikes.
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Jan 04, 2011 Peter rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wheels, art
Hot bikes lavishly photographed. This is some high class bike erotica.
Laura
Dec 01, 2009 Laura rated it it was amazing
mmmmm... bicycle porn...
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