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100 Best Bikes Paperback – September 26, 2012
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The strength of the book is that it is a current snap-shot of bicycle design that is a book, not a computer monitor you have to feed with an umbilical cord of electricity. I have sat in my favorite chair reading it and was helpless against the feeling of ideas that washed over my consciousness as I looked over the book.
It appears to have originated as a collection of internet links that was made into a book. Both media have limitations. While any internet search is current it is limited to the search terms you used and what appears on the web that day. You get some the bikes shown in the book by doing an image search for "bicycle design". By contrast, books are expensive to print and lower the cost by reducing the amount of information they print. You get as much information as if you had jogged through a bicycle design show. The size of the book is a problem. The book is too small for more than a couple of pictures of each bike. The compressed photographs are more like a catalog of mug-shots which show enough details to identify the bike instead of the full-size graphic color close-ups that is the hall-mark of beautiful bicycle photography. The description is cursory and casual in a very small font that some will find difficult to read.
Too many bikes are missing for the list to be inclusive.Read more ›
We all have different idea on what the best bikes should be, this book list many that I am sure will be on your list.
Most of the selection are very recent models, but there are a few really innovative vintage bikes are covered.
I think the book is biased towards design and not craftsmanship and function. Some of the selection is great looking and of truly cleaver and awesome design. However, I am not sure they are really functional bicycle. Its more like an art object.
Overall, I enjoyed reading it and actually went on the web to see if I can buy several of the bikes. That is, until I found out the cost of some of these "bikes". Cheap, if you look at them as art work. Insane if you want to ride them as bicycle.