How to Wrap New Handlebar Tape

How to Wrap Road Bike Handlebar Tape from Bike Mechanic

Wrapping fresh, new tape around your handlebars can make your bike look and feel like new. Here's how to do it.


Pegoretti crab The Elite Bicycle TEB

On the wall above the entrance to the paintshop in the premises – soon to be vacated – of the Pegoretti works, hangs a large sheet of paper, scrawled with signatures round the central motif: a caricature of the man Dario, sitting on an upturned tin tub, toasting a crab, skewered to the end of a pair of dislocated forks, over a small fire.

Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance, 5th Ed.

Lennard Zinn

Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance, 5th Ed. by Lennard Zinn ZR5 96dpi

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Zinn & the Art of Road Bike Maintenance is the world’s best-selling guide to bicycle repair and maintenance.

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Praise for The Elite Bicycle

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“The Elite Bicycle is one of the finer coffee table books we’ve seen in years. The book profiles some of the world’s greatest (and disappearing) bike artisans with shart portraits, incisive photojournalism, and keen essays.” — Outside magazine “This beautiful book is all about the bike — in exquisite, intimate, celebratory detail. This beautiful bookRead more »

Vive la Difference with TIME

TIME carbon loom

It's TIME (Time Sport International), maker of carbon tubing frames, pedals, handlebars, bar stems, and bottle cages.

The Spirit of Columbus

Columbus tubing

Columbus, the Italian manufacturer of cycling tubing

The Good Will of Chris King

And who's making these tough, light, finely manufactured hubs in colors for every taste? It's Chris King.

Red Kite Prayer Offers This Book Review of The Elite Bicycle

The Elite Bicycle Red Kite Prayer

“Ultimately, what you come away with is something different; it’s the sense that you’ve spent an afternoon at the builder or company’s work space, that you’ve seen the work being done and then been left to wander on your own. You could unleash a dozen cycling photographers on the same set of subjects and veryRead more »

PezCycling News Book Review of The Elite Bicycle

The Elite Bicycle on Pezcyclingnews

“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.” — The Elite Bicycle brings together intimate portraits of the world’s greatest bicycleRead more »

Mavic: The Rims of Champions


It is for wheels that Mavic is, and was from the start, best known.

Richard Sachs Is…The Bike Whisperer

Richard Sachs

"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.

Road Bike Review of The Elite Bicycle: “Fantastic”

Road Bike Review 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.comRead more »

Bicycling Magazine Chooses The Elite Bicycle

The Elite Bicycle

“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.”Read more »

Brooklyn Bike Snob ‘Prolly is Not Probably’ Digs The Elite Bicycle

The Elite Bicycle Prolly is Not Probably

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.

DiNucci: The Portland Pioneer of Frame Builders

One could call DiNucci the Portland Pioneer of bicycle frame-builders.

Brooks England Finds Itself Pleased with The Elite Bicycle

Brooks leather saddle from The Elite Bicycle

“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 weRead more »

Tony Pereira: Inspiring the Next Generation

Tony Pereira United Bicycle Institute

This brief portrait of Pereira Cycles was adapted from its full chapter in the new book The Elite Bicycle.

Chasing a Dream with Spécialités TA

Specialites TA Aluminum

"The thing about TA," the enthusiasts for the marque from early days will tell you, is that "it's bombproof."

The Ira Ryan Cycling Experience

Ira Ryan Cycles handmade bicycle builder

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.

Winter: Custom Bicycles for Every Season

Winter Cycles Head Badge the plum tree

"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.

Brooks Leather Saddles: A Cycling Tradition

Brooks logo, handmade saddle manufacturer and bicycle artisan

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.

Seven: a Bicycle Builder with a Conscience

Seven lugs

"One Bike. Yours." That's the motto of Seven Cycles, a passionate custom bicycle builder located in Watertown, Massachusetts.

CYFAC: Not Your Average Bicycle Builder

Custom painting CYFAC bicycles

The company that's producing these artisanal bikes is CYFAC (Cycles Fabrication Artisanale de Cadres or craft-made bicycle frames).

Take a Final Look at the Workshop Ben Serotta Built

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: A Company with Freedom

Independent Fabrication cassette

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.

The Elite Bicycle

Graeme Fife and Gerard Brown

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The Elite Bicycle is a portrait of the world’s greatest handmade bicycle artisans.

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Lennard Zinn

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Lennard Zinn is a world-renowned bicycle technician, frame builder, and tech writer for VELO magazine and

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Italian Racing Bicycles

Guido P. Rubino

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Italian Racing Bicycles traces the rich history of 40 landmark brands intimately connected with racing.

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Paolo Facchinetti and Guido P. Rubino

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Campagnolo: 75 Years of Cycling Passion is a book for every lover of the sport of cycling, as well as connoisseurs of the bicycle itself.

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Zinn & the Art of Triathlon Bikes

Lennard Zinn

Zinn & the Art of Triathlon Bikes is the first and only book on the market that caters to the specific bike tuning and maintenance needs of triathletes.

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Cycling’s Golden Age

Owen Mulholland with artifacts from The Horton Collection

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Cycling's Golden Age takes us inside the world's largest collection of cycling memorabilia with an intimate look at one of the sport's most memorable eras, 1946–1967.

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Zinn’s Cycling Primer

Lennard Zinn

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Zinn’s Cycling Primer increases a cyclist’s knowledge of bike and body for faster and stronger riding.

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