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A Tour of Iconic Bicycle Designs

Michael Embacher, Paul Smith


'This sumptuous photographic anthology of bicycle design is so drool-inducing it ought to be sold in brown paper' Independent

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An homage to the beauty of two wheels, Cyclepedia is a celebration of the best bicycles designed over the past 90 years. Among this unique selection of exemplary bicycles are classic racing bikes that been in such events as the Tour de France, high-tech machines that use the latest in material science and aerodynamics, eccentric bikes designed for specific purposes such as cycling on ice, and rarities that are coveted by serious collectors.

Gift book, reference, inspiration, fun, Cyclepedia will inspire lust and envy in bike nuts, commuting cyclists and design aesthetes everywhere.

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'An extraordinary read … arguably the most comprehensive and visually satisfying book of bicycle portraits ever published'
Sunday Times

'Lavish appreciation of almost a century of bicycle design ... includes enough lovingly-shot images to please any adherent of two-wheeled transport, as well as lovers of expertly honed craftsmanship'
Sunday Telegraph

'This book is not to be missed. Buy it, borrow it from a pal who has it, whatever. You’ll love it'

'Frametastic...not just for the bike geek'

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Format: PLC (no jacket)

Size: 21.0 x 27.5 cm

Extent: 224 pp

Illustrations: 457

Publication date: 7 March 2011

ISBN: 9780500515587

Contents List

Foreword by Paul Smith • Introduction by Michael Embacher • Essay on the history of bicycle design by Michael Zappe and Martin Strubreiter • 100 bikes grouped by type: mountain, racing, singlespeed, touring, kids’, tandem, urban, folding, cargo and curiosities

About the Author

Michael Embacher, an architectural designer in Vienna, has amassed one of the most diverse bicycle collections in the world.

List of Contributors

Michael Embacher, Paul Smith, Bernhard Angerer, Michael Embacher, Michael Zappe, Martin Strubreiter