The Elite Bicycle: Portraits Of Great Marques, Makers, And Designers by Gerard BrownThe Elite Bicycle: Portraits Of Great Marques, Makers, And Designers by Gerard Brown

The Elite Bicycle: Portraits Of Great Marques, Makers, And Designers

byGerard Brown, Graeme Fife

Hardcover | September 1, 2013

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The Elite Bicyclebrings together intimate portraits of the world's greatest bicycle artisans, examining the philosophies, the meticulous workmanship, and the eccentric personalities behind cycling's most prestigious brands. Their materials and methods could not be more disparate, yet their pursuit is the same: the perfect bicycle.

In chapters featuring some of cycling's greatest craftspeople,The Elite Bicycleoffers up a conversation with the men and women who make the most coveted bicycles. Lavish, oversize photographs and personal interviews invite readers into their workshops to show the melding of old-world craftsmanship with space-age materials in fascinating studios and factories that fabricate superb machines.

The Elite Bicycleis both an homage to the bicycle maker and a collector's piece in its own right, celebrating the stories behind the greatest bicycles and components in the world.
Gerard Brownis a professional cycling photographer and an amateur racer. He contributes regularly to cycling and automotive magazines, includingPrivateer,Rouleur, andOctane.Graeme Fifehas written for a wide range of publications includingThe Guardian,Daily Telegraph,The Times,The Independent,Rouleur,Cycling Weekly, andCycle Sport. His ...
Title:The Elite Bicycle: Portraits Of Great Marques, Makers, And DesignersFormat:HardcoverDimensions:200 pages, 11.22 × 11.37 × 0.88 inPublished:September 1, 2013Publisher:VeloPressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1937715086

ISBN - 13:9781937715083

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Sir Paul Smith


Selle Italia
Chas Roberts
Alex Singer
Independent Fabrication
Richard Sachs
Ben Serotta
Ira Ryan
Tony Pereira
Spécialités TA
Chris King


Editorial Reviews

“While the only way to truly experience the quality and craftsmanship of these components is to ride them, the book gives an effective introduction to many of the brands we often hear about without ever fully appreciating why. After spending a few hours with The Elite Bicycle, you’ll no longer be a just a name-dropper.” — Bicycling magazine“What makes The Elite Bicycle so fantastic is not so much what is said about the people and companies themselves, but the insightful, lesser-known tidbits that provide a greater depth of understanding…It’s little gems that are peppered throughout the already rich descriptions of people and place that make the profiles spring to life.” —“With such a roll-call of names, the authors were certainly off to a good start…and they have managed a hugely rewarding and useful guide for any bike enthusiast. One which not only covers some of the technical aspects of production in engaging depth, but also gives great insights into both the personalities and, dare we say it, philosophies behind the storied names we see etched, stickered and pressed onto the various pieces of our machines each time we throw a leg over the bar.” — Brooks England Blog