Italian Racing Bicycles. The People, The Products, the Passion. 40 Historic Brands.
* It's a book of memories. 40 years ago I bought my first Italian bicycle, a Torpado (it was bright yellow). Then a Bottecchia, a Colnago, a De Rosa (red). Masi, Pinarello, and Somec came into my life. the book is not only about frame builders, but other Italian bicycle-industry companies and stories. Cinelli double-toe straps. Universal center-pull brakes. I look at the images and my life on two wheels replays in my mind.
* It's a book of history, with details of some 40 well-known Italian companies. Background I didn't know about when I first bought those bicycles; background that fills in gaps, brings even more warmth and color to the brands and my memories.
* It's a gorgeous coffee table book, with many high-resolution color photographs--where the detail of every tool-stroke comes into relief. Where classic Italian design and style can be appreciated, even by those who don't have a cycling background.
I am happy to add it to my library.
Reviewer's note/disclaimer: The publisher sent me a review copy. I was not paid for this review. I'd buy a second copy as a gift for a friend.
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