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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Laurence King Publishing (May 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856697266
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856697262
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 8.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Design studio Intercity authored Art & Sole (Laurence King, 2008), the first book to focus on the collision of sneaker culture and art. Gavin Lucas is Senior Writer at the leading monthly communication arts journal Creative Review.

Stuart Robinson is a BMX owner and competitor.

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Great book, with plenty 'rad' pics of period BMX bikes!
C J Couch
I'd say this book is for anyone who loves bikes, and wants greater insight into the work that has gone into the BMX bike of today.
Magical Trevor
With this book, my copy of Generation F, and all my old copies of BMXA, Freestylin' and assorted 'zines, I'm in BMX heaven...
David M. Alden

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By crissmx on June 11, 2013
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A pretty good book and nice pictures. It is the first of its kind so I will try to be neutral. For a beginner BMX collector it could be useful but for the old school collector it is not of much use except for the cool pictures. All the writing sounds like your Mom wrote a book on BMX and that pretty much explains it all. The cover picture totally sucks...Mom must have picked it out. I did buy it and I love old school BMX so much that I would probably buy it again if it went missing. Thanks Mom !
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By LVT06 on June 6, 2013
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....and it wants to know why all its coolest neon pink and green and blue bikes didn't make the cut for this encyclopedia of BMX radicalness.

The book does a great job outlining the history of BMX, segmenting the text and pics by decade (70s-2000s). Flipping through the pages, nostalgic memories are sure to hit as you will recognize all the bikes from the old neighborhood (and maybe even the kids who owned them). The format is perfect: Many very colorful, large and detailed pics of the benchmark bikes in a hefty, artistic softcover design. There are some great anecdotes and insider dirt on the companies, the riders and the bike designs as the sport went from motorcycle spinoffs in the 70s, to showboat designs of the 80s and the hardened ugly-tough days from the 90s forward. Totally understand we can't have every bike from every era....but the flashy, odd-shaped, kitted out Haros, Redlines and many other standouts from the mid-80s were noticeably absent. I may just be a biased old fart. But an 80s-only version 2.0 might be cool!
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By Duke Togo on July 6, 2014
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This book shows a logos the BMX bikes in the day. I personally am a GT Performer fan. The book has a couple of pictures of GTs but not a whole lot. I never knew there was so many different companies making bmx! Interesting read. Nice pictures. I wish they had more GT Performer pictures though.
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By Mia Smile on July 2, 2014
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Awesome book!
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By antoniocarlosrodrigues on September 13, 2013
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the history of bmx in photos you sugested to me and I aproved , like so much, great bikes great photos, the best
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I just gave to him as a gift to my boyfriend and he loves it! Have a lot of pictures so to somebody that doesn't get along well with English reading is the perfect book. The quality of the book is excellent as well.
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By Michael Roberts on April 17, 2013
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Love this book, clean photos, lots of nice old school to new school bikes in it. I only hope one of my bikes is selected one day for the next book :)
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By Magical Trevor on March 26, 2013
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Though I've never owned a BMX bike, I really enjoyed this book. I have an affinity for retro bikes, and the first 2/3 of the book covers only pre-2000 rides. If you owned a mountain or BMX bike during this time, I'm sure you will enjoy reading through this book. It's fun to see how styles have changed over time, as well as the types of riding people do on these bikes. The book has great details on each bike as well, making my gear-head self very happy. I'd say this book is for anyone who loves bikes, and wants greater insight into the work that has gone into the BMX bike of today.
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