The Elite Bicycle

Author: Gerard Brown
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1408186616
Size: 70.99 MB
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The Elite Bicycle. On a modern bike, carbon fibre, titanium and ceramic are combined with hand worked steel, CNC'd aluminium and finely tooled leather. There's also a deep and rich tradition of engineering excellence married to artisan eccentricity in all parts of the bicycle industry. In Brittany, top quality racing tyres are still hand made from cotton, silk and latex while in Germany they are made on huge industrial presses. The approach to both couldn't be more different but the end result is the same. This in-depth, lavishly illustrated book looks in detail at some of the world's finest road bicycle and bicycle component companies. Old-world craftsmanship and modern process engineering will sit side by side on the page, while photographs of the factories show the different processes and environments that go towards making these superb machines. The finished product is featured in use or in a studio set.

The Elite Bicycle

Author: Gerard Brown
Publisher: Velopress
ISBN: 9781937715083
Size: 76.31 MB
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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The Elite Bicycle. The Elite Bicycle brings together intimate portraits of the world’s greatest bicycle artisans, examining the philosophies, the meticulous workmanship, and the eccentric personalities behind cycling’s most prestigious brands. Their materials and methods could not be more disparate, yet their pursuit is the same: the perfect bicycle. In chapters featuring some of cycling’s greatest craftspeople, The Elite Bicycle offers up a conversation with the men and women who make the most coveted bicycles. Lavish, oversize photographs and personal interviews invite readers into their workshops to show the melding of old-world craftsmanship with space-age materials in fascinating studios and factories that fabricate superb machines. The Elite Bicycle is both an homage to the bicycle maker and a collector’s piece in its own right, celebrating the stories behind the greatest bicycles and components in the world.

Culture On Two Wheels

Author: Jeremy Withers
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 0803290454
Size: 70.72 MB
Format: PDF
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Culture On Two Wheels. Bicycles have more cultural identities than many realize, functioning not only as literal vehicles in a text but also as “vehicles” for that text’s themes, ideas, and critiques. In the late nineteenth century the bicycle was seen as a way for the wealthy urban elite to reconnect with nature and for women to gain a measure of personal freedom, while during World War II it became a utilitarian tool of the French Resistance and in 1970s China stood for wealth and modernization. Lately it has functioned variously as the favored ideological steed of environmentalists, a means of community bonding and aesthetic self-expression in hip hop, and the ride of choice for bike messenger–idolizing urban hipsters. Culture on Two Wheels analyzes the shifting cultural significance of the bicycle by examining its appearances in literary, musical, and cinematic works spanning three continents and more than 125 years of history. Bringing together essays by a variety of cyclists and scholars with myriad angles of approach, this collection highlights the bicycle’s flexibility as a signifier and analyzes the appearance of bicycles in canonical and well-known texts such as Samuel Beckett’s modernist novel Molloy, the Oscar-winning film Breaking Away, and various Stephen King novels and stories, as well as in lesser-known but equally significant texts, such as the celebrated Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky’s film Sacrifice and Elizabeth Robins Pennell’s nineteenth-century travelogue A Canterbury Pilgrimage, the latter of which traces the route of Chaucer’s pilgrims via bicycle.

Bicycle Citizens

Author: Robin M. LeBlanc
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520212909
Size: 47.12 MB
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Bicycle Citizens. "A gem of a book. LeBlanc brings the women she studies to life, leading us down the side streets and back alleys of Tokyo suburbia, trundling along on a clunker bicycle, and exploring how homemakers get involved in the grassroots level of politics."--Glenda Roberts, author of "Staying on the Line"

The Long Run

Author: Matt Long
Publisher: Rodale
ISBN: 1609611799
Size: 15.18 MB
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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The Long Run. A New York City firefighter's emotional and inspiring memoir of learning to run again after a debilitating accident. "The Long Run" is an emotional and incredibly honest story about Long's determination to fight through fear, despair, loneliness, and intense physical and psychological pain to regain the life he once had.

Bikie

Author: Charlie Woods
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1780575157
Size: 75.50 MB
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Bikie. Bikie lays bare the true heart of cycling. Every grass-roots enthusiast, keen racing man and elite professional has one thing in common: he loves his bike and riding it. The author pinpoints the source of his love, tracing its development in the individual, how it draws people into a community and then a tradition – creating a whole worldwide culture to celebrate that deep affection for what is a technological marvel and transcendent experience. Great champions, too, are inseparable from their bikes. They merge into them, becoming a composite image, figures of myth. As well as exerting an emotional hold, cycling, in its famous races, also mounts a living proof of exemplary virtues: courage, perseverance and self-sacrifice – gives us, in fact, a glimpse of the higher reaches of the human spirit. There is a sense of this mythical realm in every pedal turn, for once astride a handbuilt lightweight we are put in touch with the greatest riders of all time. Bikie is the story of one man’s passionate involvement, but in its forthright sincerity it goes to the roots of what we all share.

The Bicycle Artisans

Author: Will Jones
Publisher: Gingko Press
ISBN: 9781584235507
Size: 30.68 MB
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The Bicycle Artisans. A guide to 88 of the creative bicycle makers working today. It includes established names such as Achielle, Cielo Cycles and Corima and new kids on the block such as Art & Industry, Bondi Beach Cruisers and Foffa, as well as product designers (Torkel Dohmers, Marc Newson).

The Great Bicycle Experiment

Author: Kay Moore
Publisher: Mountain Press
ISBN: 9780878425938
Size: 78.95 MB
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The Great Bicycle Experiment. A true adventure story about an elite company of twenty African American soldiers who in 1897 embarked on a 1,900-mile trek across the country on bicycles.

Racing Bicycles

Author: David Rapley
Publisher: Images Publishing
ISBN: 1864704829
Size: 77.59 MB
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Racing Bicycles. "This is an important and excellent book" Hetchins Racing Bicycles: 100 Years of Steel features racing bikes from the last 100 years. Spectacular photography of racing machines from the Tour de France

Bike Battles

Author: James Longhurst
Publisher: University of Washington Press
ISBN: 0295805994
Size: 35.84 MB
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Bike Battles. Americans have been riding bikes for more than a century now. So why are most American cities still so ill-prepared to handle cyclists? James Longhurst, a historian and avid cyclist, tackles that question by tracing the contentious debates between American bike riders, motorists, and pedestrians over the shared road. Bike Battles explores the different ways that Americans have thought about the bicycle through popular songs, merit badge pamphlets, advertising, films, newspapers and sitcoms. Those associations shaped the actions of government and the courts when they intervened in bike policy through lawsuits, traffic control, road building, taxation, rationing, import tariffs, safety education and bike lanes from the 1870s to the 1970s. Today, cycling in American urban centers remains a challenge as city planners, political pundits, and residents continue to argue over bike lanes, bike-share programs, law enforcement, sustainability, and public safety. Combining fascinating new research from a wide range of sources with a true passion for the topic, Longhurst shows us that these battles are nothing new; in fact they�re simply a continuation of the original battle over who is - and isn�t - welcome on our roads. Watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNleJ0tDvqg