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.

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 book […]

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 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 very […]

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 bicycle […]

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.” — […]

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.” […]

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 we […]

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.