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Cyclepedia: A Century of Iconic Bicycle Design Hardcover – August 3, 2011
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"Equal parts illuminating and aesthetically transfixing, Cyclepedia: A Century of Iconic Bicycle Design is bound to tickle your curiosity, quench your design eye, and make your hands itch for the handlebars." -BrainPickings
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About the Author
Paul Smith is a world-famous designer and a passionate cyclist.
Top Customer Reviews
But then i saw some of the typical icons where not included ... Then had to google the author. I found he is a very talented collector and designer. This shows very well indeed in this compendium of bikes. But theni found this is his collection, not the world's iconic bicycles.
That may - for anyone wanting to learn more about how bicycles evolved through history - be a major drawback. It is for me. Seminal introductions by giants as Raleigh, BSA, Campagnolo are not included, and if you don't bear in mind this is just one (huge) collector's collection, you might miss out how important they were in history.
Having said this, the book will make a great passtime to discuss some bike models and innovations with your friends. I recommend buying it ... Together with another, more comprehensive, publication out there.
Chronicle Books knows what they're doing -- they consistently pick great topics and execute them well. Whenever you see the "spectacles on a spine" you know you're in for a treat.
(Say, I just heard there's now a "Cyclepedia App" available offering zoomable and 360-degree views of all the bikes! ...Plus extra historic footage. [...]
This book is very satisfying. Still, it has a couple aspects that make me hunger for the next big bike book... I suppose no bike book is exhaustive, and there's always room for more -- but a couple came close in their day (Richard's and Durry/Wadley's). This book has a couple aspects that might baffle a reader. First, the book is a presentation of one architect's amazing collection. This is mentioned nowhere. Michael Embacher's collection is world famous in a few ways, including because it has been touring on its own as an art exhibit with bikes displayed on an amazing S-track near the ceiling of galleries. It's been quite an attraction. This exhibit is shown in a tiny sidebar pic in the book but not explained.
Next, Embacher is not a bike buff per se, but a Viennese designer. He picked bikes that seemed quirky and cool to him. He was even accepting of failure. He went for audacity. If a laugh resulted, that was fine.
Now, many of the bikes depicted are enduring classics. But there are so many amazing bike designs that both astonish and succeed which don't appear. I miss them! Goofy false-start bikes might be more satisfying if successes along similar lines are included. (For instance, it only brushes the ultra-creative world of recumbents.) Oh, to have seen a dozen more 'just right' bikes!Read more ›
This book is a catalog of the author's personal collection of idiosyncratic 20th century bicycles. It is the only catalog of any bicycle collection currently available. The table of contents lists 97 bicycles. It is not a historic collection so much as a collection of 20th century bicycles; 71 of them are after 1976. The oldest bike is 1922, three are from the 1920s, five from the 1930s and five from the 1940s. The bike collection lists 38 racing (including 2 Cinellis, a Kestrel, and breath-taking Sabliere and Bianci C-4 pages) 26 "urban", 24 unusual folding, 19 touring (which includes 2 Herse bikes and a Baines), 5 mountain bikes, 4 tandems. 2 cargo and 35 what it describes as "curiosity" bicycles, which include bicycles with spring frames, shaft drives and a 1996 two-wheel drive, to name a few. The collection is a catalog of the variety of human ingenuity developing different braking, gearing and frame designs.
The photographs are high quality close-ups. The book emphasis is on the collection. The sometimes awkwardly translated text is casual and unfootnoted, like a museum display pointing out interesting details about the bikes rather than details about history.
This is the second catalog of the Embacher collection. The first one was Smart Move- Bicycles From the Embacher Collection was published in 2007 which had 48 bicycles. Cyclepedia has 97 bicycles, 41 of which are in Smart Move and is more affordable. This catalogue is one of few bicycle collection catalogues ever published and is the only one in print.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought 2 of these wonderful books for my middle aged bicycling sons.
They love them!
My wife loves bicycles and is a designer by trade. She loves it! It is well thought out, the pictures are great, and the designs are fascinating. Read morePublished 1 month ago by rholladay
We used this as a wedding guestbook and couldn't be happier! It now is prominently displayed in our living room as a coffee table book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Chris Minkoff
i bought this as a gift for someone who has EVERYTHING bicycle related and he loved it!Published 2 months ago by David Levine
"Cyclepedia " is a collection of different bicycles from different decades and countries. It's a nice book, good quality paper, good images and enough information. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Catalina
Very pretty pictures of a huge range of historic bikes. Some history too.Published 9 months ago by George A. Winters