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The Elite Bicycle presents the case for artistry and craftsmanship in the world of bicycle manufacturing.
The Elite Bicycle
Gerard Brown and Graeme Fife
Hardcover with jacket
11” x 11”, 224 pages
Published by VeloPress
The Elite Bicycle presents the case for artistry and craftsmanship in the world of bicycle manufacturing. The builders and brands profiled within come from the handmade tradition and are among the top artisans creating bikes from scratch. Using a variety of materials and techniques as well as injecting a lot of personality into the finished product, the individuals featured here take their cues from the past, present, and future of bike building.
Gerard Brown’s lavish, full color photographs are displayed in grand style throughout the book bringing the intricate details of bicycle design to the forefront. Readers get a glimpse of the many behind-the-scenes steps on the way to a finished bicycle. These workshop scenes complement writer Graeme Fife’s portrayal of some of cycling’s most prestigious brands. Pegoretti, Cinelli, Brooks, Roberts, Columbus, Winter, and many more represent the stages from raw material to finished bike. Perhaps more revealing are the portraits of the personalities behind the brands. Whether behind a welder’s mask or showing off a brand new creation, these are the people bringing passion, innovation, and tradition to the field.
With intimate images and in-depth storytelling, The Elite Bicycle is a worthy addition to any cyclist’s bookshelf or coffee table, where it will likely be constantly referenced for some time.