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Cinelli: The Art and Design of the Bicycle Hardcover – October 23, 2012
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"Required reading for all biking enthusiasts tracing as it does the history of the art and craft of Cino Cinelli who began making frames and components in the 1940s. The book’s sub-title proclaims that it is all about “the art and design of the bicycle” and that it surely is." ~travel-watch.com
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The book opens with a chatty exchange between Paul Smith, an English fashion designer and Antonio Colombo, son of the founder of Columbus tubing who now heads the company and who owns an art gallery. They both talk about how much they enjoy riding bicycles and designing things. Their discussion is about the process to include the beauty of function in what they design. Antonio had wanted to be an architect but decided to design Cinelli bicycles after Columbus tubing bought it in 1979. The first thing he did after taking over the company was to commission a re-design of the company logo. The first chapter is all about updating the graphic design and colors. The book is a history of Cinelli after Columbus bought it from Cino Cinelli. Design is based on the assumption that the whole product is greater than the sum of its parts. There is no discussion of metallurgy, engineering and no graphs or tables. Despite his omission Cino Cinelli was an interesting person.
The book does not mention a number of things I wanted to read about. Cino Cinelli was a professional bicycle racer from 1937-1944 and a champion who raced under the fascists during WWII and founded the Italian Professional Cycling Association.Read more ›
Alas, upon opening it I was disappointed with its scope and emphasis. Truly, it should be titled: "Antonio Colombo's Cinelli".
While there is no question that the current company is a major player in the bicycle world and continues on with an admirable sense of design and style, I personally am more interested in the genius of the company founder, Cino Cinelli. While it contains a small amount of early history, basically it is a focus on the Cinelli since it was sold to the Colombo family. As of yet I have not read the entire text (thus far, not very well written - appears to be mostly a translation) but have perused and thumbed through and it appears (there is no text index) to have some rather glaring omissions. How can a work on Cinelli not give a report on the Bivalent Hubs and Clipless Pedal?
Anyhoo, I shall keep this book in my library as it is beautifully produced and is a fine study of contemporary Italian design. A loving tribute to that culture's blend of utility, purpose, style, and beauty.
I shall continue to hope for and anticipate a book on the complete history of the maestro, CINO CINELLI.
Published by Rizzoli, famous for its beautiful art books, "Cinelli" is not anything like your usual bicycle history but is truly another art book. It is superbly designed, of course, like many bike books are but the content much more addresses aesthetic issues rather than technical ones. There is a mix of history, usually respectful, with matters of texture and quality, perhaps a big dose of fashion-world pretense but also some genuine humour. There is a generous selection of excellent photos, marvellously sharp and evocative, no matter which era represented.
The book opens with aforementioned kind-of-interview between the Clothing Man and the person who turns out not to be Mr. SLX Tubing but rather the Mr. Bicycle of the Art World. Antonio Colombo's family business, Columbus Tubing, goes back to 1919 and he also serves as President of Cinelli, acquired by the family in 1978. The book is split into chapters that do not go in chronology but rather each highlight a different aspect of the company's surprisingly diverse product line. It is telling that one of the first things done by the Colombos was a redesign of the archaic Cinelli logo in 1979. The "winged C" is a superb example of a successful redesign and this look and feel began to breathe new life into Cino Cinelli's atelier.Read more ›
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Art, bikes and history of one of the most succesfull bike brands in the world: Cinelli.Published 19 months ago by Carlos Ríos
If you love bikes and appreciate what goes into making quality bikes, this book is for you.Published 21 months ago by G. R. Baxter
Enjoy it's formative content. Should have bought it nearlier.
An added asset to my bike collection.
I'm please to receive this book as it has all the Cinelli products line history. Worth of keeping it. I will recommend this book to my friends. Thank You!Published on June 9, 2013 by Daniel Lee
Every serious cyclist should own this book. It is a great record of many of the contributions to cycling made by Cino Cinelli, and later by Cinelli under the leadership of Antonio... Read morePublished on April 3, 2013 by Eddy M
Great history on Cinelli. Only wish there was more on their involvement with Mountain Bikes and affiliation with Columbus which aids their research workPublished on April 2, 2013 by Sam Henry
I really can't speak highly enough of this book. If you had a bit of a crush on Cinelli before, this is sure to push you to obsession. Read morePublished on March 15, 2013 by fidgetman
I too was very excited to get this book, hoping it would tell the complete Cinelli history. But like a number of others who have reviewed the book, I was disappointed in the... Read morePublished on February 15, 2013 by M. Furman