“An eccentric and entertaining book, beautifully produced with top-quality photos and amusing but informative text and a foreword by cycling-mad British fashion designer Sir Paul Smith, “The Elite Bicycle” deserves to find a place on many a cyclist’s bookshelf this holiday season.” — PezCyclingNews.com The Elite Bicycle brings together intimate portraits of the world’s greatest bicycle […]
It is for wheels that Mavic is, and was from the start, best known.
“What drew me in was the combination of a beautiful sport with beautiful bikes. They spoke to me, and they were used for racing.” These are the words of the immortal Richard Sachs, one of the 29 bicycle artisans featured in the new book The Elite Bicycle.
“What makes The Elite Bicycle so fantastic is not so much what is said about the people and companies themselves, but the insightful, lesser-known tidbits that provide a greater depth of understanding…It’s little gems that are peppered throughout the already rich descriptions of people and place that make the profiles spring to life.” — RoadBikeReview.com […]
“While the only way to truly experience the quality and craftsmanship of these components is to ride them, the book gives an effective introduction to many of the brands we often hear about without ever fully appreciating why. After spending a few hours with The Elite Bicycle, you’ll no longer be a just a name-dropper.” […]
Prolly is Not Probably is an urban bike culture blog that began its cultural commentary in 2006. John Watson, the site’s editor, feels that The Elite Bicycle is rather swell.
One could call DiNucci the Portland Pioneer of bicycle frame-builders.
“With such a roll-call of names, the authors were certainly off to a good start…and they have managed a hugely rewarding and useful guide for any bike enthusiast. One which not only covers some of the technical aspects of production in engaging depth, but also gives great insights into both the personalities and, dare we […]
This brief portrait of Pereira Cycles was adapted from its full chapter in the new book The Elite Bicycle.
“The thing about TA,” the enthusiasts for the marque from early days will tell you, is that “it’s bombproof.”
Tough conditions? Ideal. Bad weather, long distances, challenging road surfaces? Bring ’em on. That’s the philosophy of Ira Ryan, a small, handmade bicycle builder from Oregon.
“I can work with you to help design your perfect daily driver city bike, your health conscious trainer, or your specific event competition machine.” These are the words of Winter Bicycles’ Eric Estlund.
It all began in 1865. A simple harness maker by the surname Brooks, left his native Leicestershire town of Hinckley for Birmingham. Once he arrived, he established a business in horse harnesses and general leather goods on Great Charles Street under the name JB Brooks & CO.
“One Bike. Yours.” That’s the motto of Seven Cycles, a passionate custom bicycle builder located in Watertown, Massachusetts.
The company that’s producing these artisanal bikes is CYFAC (Cycles Fabrication Artisanale de Cadres or craft-made bicycle frames).
These words still hold true despite the now uncertain fate of the Ben Serotta brand. Its legend will live on in its superbly crafted bikes and in its riders who have known the perfect fit.
Independent Fabrication. Their trading principles? Making high-end, precise, handcrafted frames, and allowing the customer to paint his or her bike whatever color his or her heart desires, no matter how ugly it may be.
Milani can be said to have been born twice.